Thillu Mullu is a 2013 Tamil comedy film directed by Badri who earlier directed Veerappu and Ainthaam Padai. It is a remake of Rajinikanth’s film of the same name which was later remade into Hindi Gol Maal. The film stars Shiva and Isha Talwar. Prakash Raj enacted the character played by the late Thengai Srinivasan. Kovai Sarala, Sathyan, Ilavarasu, Manobala played supporting roles. The music was jointly scored by M. S. Viswanathan and Yuvan Shankar Raja who for the first time worked together. While the film’s muhurat took place on 24 August, the shooting commenced in September. The film released on 14 June 2013 to positive critical reception.
Pasupathy (Shiva) is a carefree man who is unemployed. He lives with his younger sister Kavitha (Monisha) and house maid Senthamarai (Kovai Sarala) who is a part-time liquor seller in black market. Kavitha is in love with his close friend Mano (Soori) which Pasupathy is not aware of. Mano indirectly tries to convey that matter to him to which he does not understand. Pasupathy has a maternal uncle (Ilavarasu) who is a lawyer and their care taker since their parents died. Pasupathy loses his house to a bank on a surety crisis which involved his father. Hence he is compelled to settle in job. Pasupathy’s uncle applies for an opening in his friend’s mineral water company “Classique” for marketing head post. He gives many instructions about the owner Sivagurunathan (Prakash Raj) who is an ardent devotee of Murugan and who is against recommendations. Pasupathy manages to get the job by dressing in a simple Gandhian manner, posing as a Murugan devotee and tells he follows very valuable principles written in the book of Sivagurunathan himself which attracts Sivagurunathan.
Pasupathy one day lies to his boss that his mother got injured and leaves to watch an IPL match. There he enjoys a lot with his friends by drinking, screaming, cheering etc. which unexpectedly is seen by Sivagurunathan as he was present on his friend’s invite for a business purpose. Sivagurunathan is furious on Pasupathy’s behaviour and he captures his activities in his mobile. The next day he issues termination order to Pasupathy. To secure his job, Pasupathy lies that Sivagurunathan has actually seen his identical twin brother Ganguly Kandhan, a karate master. The difference between the both of them is that, his brother has blue eyes unlike his. Sivagurunathan believes him half-minded and yet gives him his job again.
Sivagurunathan has a daughter Janani (Isha Talwar) who learns everything half baked. Her interest turns to learning self-defense skills and tells her father to appoint a master to teach Karate. Sivagurunathan calls Pasupathy to send his brother for Karate coaching. Pasupathy wears blue contact lens and visits his home and manages to make Sivagurunathan to believe he is Ganguly. Pasupathy and Janani had already met where Pasupathy rushes to save Janani from fire, but actually Janani saves him from fire. Pasupathy is attracted to Janani and he impresses both Janani and her maternal grandmother (Sachu). Sivagurunathan meets a bank officer (Devadarshini) who actually took Pasupathy’s house. She tells him that Pasupathy is actually a fraud and she has not met anyone like Ganguly which confuses Sivagurunathan. He appoints a CID to follow Pasupathy and find out if he has a brother Ganguly. Pasupathy manages to cheat the CID and make him believe that there are two brothers. But he innocently behaves and submits his and Kandhan’s resignation letter to him telling that his mother did not want them to work for a boss who doubts their loyalty. Sivagurunathan says that he would apologise for his doubtful behavior to his mother which creates further trouble for Pasupathy. He rushes home and disguises Senthamarai to act as his mother. Sivagurunathan believes that setup and apologises to Pasupathy’s “mother”.
Janani falls for Ganguly and she wants him to find if he loves her and she keeps him a test. She wants him to wish for her birthday on the following Tuesday and she will not tell him that she is going to Dubai. Pasupathy tries to get information from Janani’s grandmother. He goes to Sivagurunthan and tells Ganguly has gone to Dubai which angers Sivagurunathan as he doubts that Kandhan has gone to impress his daughter. Pasupathy pretends to say that he will go to Dubai and stop his brother and bring back his daughter to which Sivaguru accepts. Sivaguru plans to marry off his daughter to innocent Pasupathy against Janani’s wishes. Pasupathy goes to Dubai and both propose their love. Pasupathy’s friend blackmails him to let him marry his sister otherwise he would tell his double act to Sivaguru. Pasupathy who had no other go arranges for their marriage. Janani comes out of home as she does not want to marry Pasupathy but only Ganguly but she finds that both are same and angrily beats him. But he convinces her by saying all he did is for her sake which cools her. Sivaguru misunderstands that Janani is going to marry Ganguly and rushes to stop it but finds that Ganguly is Pasupathy himself. He furiously chases him and Pasupathy runs. In the temple, he bumps into a man (Santhanam in a guest appearance) who is being forced to marry a girl against his wishes. They concoct a plan to foll Sivagurunathan. After several chases and runs Pasupathy manages to get the knot but he does not do so as he did not want to marry Janani against his boss’ wishes. Sivaguru changes his mind and let them marry.
Directed by Badri
Produced by S. Madhan
Written by Balaji (dialogues)
Screenplay by Badri
Story by Sachin Bhowmick
Based on Thillu Mullu (1981 film) by K Balachandar
Starring Shiva, Isha Talwar, Prakash Raj
Music by M. S. Viswanathan & Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography J. Lakshmanan
Edited by Praveen K. L. & N. B. Srikanth
Production Vendhar Movies
Release dates 14 June 2013
Running time 140 minutes