Today’s third post is the analysis of the song, Gulla gulla Dracula, from the Tamil movie Muni (2007). The song has been analyzed based on its context and visualization.
Movie – Muni (2007)
The song, Gulla gulla Dracula, appeared in the Gemini Productions’ Tamil comic horror flick Muni (2007), produced by Saran and directed by Raghava Lawrence. The movie starred Raghava Lawrence, Vedhicka Kumar, Kovai Saroja, etc.
Ganesh (Raghava Lawrence) is a man, who is frightened of ghosts. He falls in love with Priya (Vedhicka Kumar), who initially rejects his love outright. But eventually, she also falls in love with him. They get married and his father, Kandasamy (Vinu Chakravarthy) shifts with his wife, Kannamma (Kovai Sarala), Ganesh and Priya to a haunted house.
On the newlyweds’ first Diwali, they are left home alone by Ganesh’s parents to be intimate. During the nuptials, they remove an evil eye charm that they had been given by his parents, though under his parents’ instructions. The house is haunted by a male ghost and it possesses Ganesh, resulting in his nightly arson sprees. His parents discover it and they contact an exorcist. The exorcist is able to isolate the ghost from Ganesh and is able to reach out to it.
The ghost is the spirit of Muniandi (Raj Kiran), who was a kindhearted poor friend of a politician Dandapani (Dandapani). Dandapani uses his friend’s innocence to campaign for the elections from his side, promising land for the poor people. Then, the politician traps his ‘friend’ and his daughter and kills them. The bad guys dump the dead body of the girl into the sea and burn Muni’s body in Dandapani’s own home, which was laying vacant.
Since then, the ghost of Muni has been living in the house where his body was burnt, making it haunted. Ganesh feels sorry for Muni and allows the ghost to possess his body but on the condition that it should be when Ganesh allows it. Muni accepts the condition. At the same time, Ganesh’s family are not in the know about it.
Ganesh, often, goes on a rampage destroying Muni’s enemies and lands in Dandapani’s home as the bodyguard of the latter’s daughter. He follows some of the henchmen of Dandapani to a club and sings this song at this point in the movie.
Song – Gulla gulla Dracula
The lyrics of the song, Gulla gulla Dracula, were penned by P Vijay-Raghava Lawrence and it was set to tune by Bharadwaj.
The man says, “Gulla, Gulla, Dracula! Ghosts are swaying in swings, I am the Satan, Watch me, now.”
Video – Gulla gulla Dracula
The cinematography is by K V Guhan. Dance choreography is by Raghava Lawrence.
The video opens with Raghava Lawrence jumping onto the stage through a TV screen (without damaging it! That’s how ghosts come and go, didn’t you know?) He strikes the stage with his feet and the patrons move away from the dance floor, in fear.
He makes some other ghosts appear on either side of him. More ghosts appear. The whole ambience is spooky. 4 ghosts dance with him and 2 of them sit on either side of the stage watching the creepy performance.
Raghava Lawrence begins to sing the song, too, as he dances. He is lifted up some distance and then placed back gently on the stage. The actors playing the goons are frightened of him. The other patrons become Raghava Lawrence’s fans.
When Raghava Lawrence touches the shoulders of one of the goons, they catch fire. The leading man performs a lot of acrobatics in the name of dance. He climbs a pillar without support and slides back down.
The patrons applaud the performance. He breaks some whiskey bottles. Some more acrobatics later, one of the ghosts gestures him to be silent. The song and the video end abruptly at this point.
Satyan has sung this song for Raghava Lawrence. Some other actors are also seen in the video.
The song has not been influenced by any culture. It is a ‘ghost’ dance, as far as I am concerned. The song and the artists are ok. The video is watchable.