Googly (Kannada: ಗೂಗ್ಲಿ) is a 2013 Indian Kannada language romantic comedy film directed by Pavan Wadeyar and produced by Jayanna Combines. Yash and Kriti Kharbanda are the lead actors while Ananth Nag and Sadhu Kokila play the primary supporting roles. The film released on 19 July 2013.
The film won multiple nominations at the 3rd South Indian International Movie Awards. Having been nominated in 11 categories, the film won SIIMA awards for Best Director (Pavan Wadeyar), Best Cinematographer (Vaidi S.), Best Lyricist (Pavan Wadeyar) and Best Fight Choreographer (Ravi Varma).A sequel of this movie is being directed and named as Googly-2 . The movie is being remade in Bengali by Eskay Movies.
Sharath(yash)is a fun loving guy who seldom had any friend because,of freakish attitude.He always lives his life as he wish.One day he is selected to represent his college at the global business seminar meet,as he is the topper.As he enters the packed auditorium he gets bored with the seminar and falls asleep.When his name is called upon,he is woken up by swathi(kriti)who is an MBBS student.Later he gives his hilarious speech and thanks swathi for waking him up.By this meet,both of them become close friends and starts to like each other.Over a period of time ,sharath starts to suspect every act of swathi.One day swathi is injured, and things become more messy when he misunderstands swathi's friend to be her boy-friend,at a hospital where she is undergoing treatment. sharath gets annoyed and slaps.unlike any guy who'll normally brood over his past girlfriend,sharath takes this as a challenge and devotes his time to studies,and becomes a huge business tycoon within couple of years. After few years,he realizes his mistake of hurting swathi and apologizes through phone call on her birthday.Unfortunately,he's hurt to hear swathi being engaged to someone.Later,he returns to India to attend his friend's wedding,and is surprised to see swathi. Then,he'll come to know that swathi had lied to him,and tries to win her heart again.The movie ends with two couple united.Yash as Sharath
Kriti Kharbanda as Swathi
Anant Nag as Sharath's father
Sudha Belawadi as Kausalya
Sadhu Kokila as Musthafa
Neenasam Ashwath as Ravi Joshi
Deepu as Mandy
Ashok Sharma as Sharath's friend
Gopal Krushna Raul as a sharath's friend
Palaniraj and Ravi Verma choreographed the action scenes, with dance choreography done by Murali. Joshua Sridhar composed the score and soundtrack while ace Kannada music composer and state awardee Anoop Seelin scored the background music. Lyrics were written by Yogaraj Bhat, Jayanth Kaikini, Pavan Wadeyar and Kaviraj.
The filming of Googly took place in Bengaluru, Sakleshpur, Moodabidre and Mangaluru over forty days. One of the songs was shot in Malaysia
The soundtrack music for the film was composed by Joshua Sridhar and the background music for the film was scored by Anoop Seelin. The lyrics for the soundtracks were penned by Jayant Kaikini, Yogaraj Bhat, Kaviraj and Pavan Wadeyar. The album consisting of six soundtracks was released on June 3, 2013, in Bangalore.
The film opened to generally positive reviews from critics upon release. G. S. Kumar of The Times of India reviewed the film and gave a 3.5/5 rating writing, "Armed with a good script, director Pavan Wadeyar has done a good job of a romantic story with neat narration and screenplay capturing the trauma of a young industrialist..." He concludes crediting the performances of Yash, Kharbanda, and the film's music and cinematography. Bangalore Mirror in its review wrote, "Wadeyar is in complete control of the proceedings. Though most part of the film focuses on the leading pair, there is hardly a dull moment. His dialogues are brimming with wit and humour." and added, " Yash is at his best and truly establishes himself as a star material in Sandalwood. Kriti’s charm continues and she is sure to ‘wound more hearts’ in the gallery in this film as well." Writing of Deccan Herald, B. S. Srivani rated the film 3/5 and praised the performances of the actors and gave a special mention to the film's music. Of the music, she wrote, "the film’s music plays an important part in shoving the aberration aside. Both Anoop Seelin and Joshua Sridhar come up with scintillating scores. That the tunes are catchy and are a rage is not surprising at all. Seelin’s background score is refreshing and complements Joshua’s work nicely."
Released on 19 July 2013, Googly, according to box office reports earned more than a crore on the first day and ₹45 million (US$700,000) within the first four days of its release. According to the producer, the film collected ₹70 million (US$1.1 million) gross at the box office in its first week. The film completed a 100-day run in theaters, and grossed ₹150 million (US$2.3 million) at the box office. Satellite rights were sold for ₹20 million (US$310,000).