Topiwala

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Topiwala
Topiwala movie poster.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Directed by M. G. Srinivas
Produced byAjinkya Vinchurkar
Written by Upendra
Starring
Music by V. Harikrishna
CinematographyShreesha Kuduvalli
Edited bySri Crazymindz
Production
company
Crazymindz
Release date
  • 15 March 2013 (2013-03-15)
CountryIndia
LanguageKannada
Budget65 million (US$910,000)
Box office72 million (US$1.0 million) [1]
+
25 million (US$350,000) satellite Rights

Topiwala is a 2013 Kannada political satire film starring Upendra and Bhavana in the lead roles. The film was written by Upendra and directed by M. G. Srinivas. Kanakapura Sreenivas and K. P. Srikanth jointly produced this venture under R.S. Productions banner. V. Harikrishna composed the music. [2]

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The film was released on 15 March 2013 in 150 Karnataka theaters [3] and grossed 35 million (US$490,000) on its opening weekend [4] and more than 50 million (US$700,000) in its first week. [5] The film was dubbed and released in Telugu as Swiss Bank Ki Daaredi.

Plot

The story revolves around a guy called Basak (Upendra)who wants to take all the money in Swiss bank which was black money of corrupted politicians. He needs a secret code for that, which is with a madman. The movie continues with how Basak will take the code and whether he be successful in developing the nation with the money.

Cast

Production

Casting

Topiwala went on floors in January 2012. The script and screenplay of the film were written by Upendra and radio jockey M. G. Srinivas was selected to direct the film. Actress Bhavana of Jackie fame was cast in the female lead. The film was produced by Kanakapura Sreenivas, who produced Upendra's Omkara in 2004. The film also stars debutante actress Maithreyi, Rangayana Raghu, and Raju Talikote in supporting roles while Ravishankar plays the antagonist. Vijanath Biradar has a surprise cameo. [6] [7] Mukti Mohan, participant of Star One's dance reality show Zara Nachke Dikha, was brought in for an item song. [8]

Promotions

At the first press meet of the film, held in December 2012, producer Kanakapura Srinivas said that a younger team was brought in for the film to try to generate fresh thoughts in presentation. "Now, we have Topiwala with a young team which is sure to create new bench marks", said Sreenivas. Upendra described the film as a political satire based on current affairs and corruption. "The film is based on incidents that happen in contemporary times. Political incidents are part of the script. It is a humorous commentary on every distortion that we see in our society", said Upendra. [9]

Reception

Box office

Topiwala was released on 15 March 2013 in over 150 theaters in Karnataka. Topiwala opened to strong box office collections on its release day with 90 to 100% occupancy at single screens and around 90% occupancy at multiplexes. The film grossed 35 million (US$490,000) during its opening weekend [10] and grossed more than 50 million (US$700,000) in its first week. [11] Upendra and the entire team of Topiwala celebrated a success meet of the movie at the Udayavani Head Office in Bangalore, by launching a campaign against corruption. [12] Topiwala did average business at the box office [13] and grossed around 72 million (US$1.0 million) in five weeks earning a net share of 48 million (US$670,000) at the box office. The film also did an additional business of 25 million (US$350,000) through satellite and audio rights, therefore recovering its cost of production.

Soundtrack

The film's music was composed by V. Harikrishna. Audio CDs were released into the market on 13 February 2013 and an official audio launch was held at the Windsor Manor Hotel in Bangalore on 23 February 2013. All three brothers of the Rajkumar family, Shivrajkumar, Raghavendra Rajkumar, and Puneeth Rajkumar attended the audio launch along with cast and crew of the film and other film personalities. [14]

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Shangrila" Yogaraj Bhat Manu, Priyadarshini 04:31
2."Topiwala"MG Srinivas V. Harikrishna 04:51
3."Girgitle Grigitle" Upendra Vijay Prakash, Kannika Urs04:28
4."Gala Gala"Topiwala Team Supriya Lohith, Tippu 03:43
5."Theme"  01:43

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