Puli Movie ReviewPublished: September 30, 2015
Movie : Puli
Directed by : Chimbu Deven
Produced by : Shibu Thameens, PT Selvakumar
Written by : Chimbu Deven
Starring : Vijay, Sridevi, Sudeep, Shruti Haasan, Hansika Motwani, Nandita Swetha
Music by : Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography : Natarajan Subramaniam
Edited by : A. Sreekar Prasad
Production company : SKT Studios
Distributed by : Sri Thenandal films (Tamil Nadu), Ayngaran International (UK), Thameens (Kerala), S. Narayan (Karnataka), Pahlaj Nihalani (North)
Release dates : 1 October 2015
Running time : 154 minutes
Country : India
Language : Tamil
Budget : 118 crore
An ordinary man who later realises the hidden identity through the course of journey across the hurdles finally sets out to rescue the land of innocents ruled by evil powers. Vijay’s Puli travels on this basic plot that comes packaged with some adventures, fantasy, action, romance, glamour with a dose of heroines performing their best belly dance moves and more.
The film much prior to the release had evoked lots of anticipations pertaining to the plot, where some sources claimed it could be something based on time travel and more of this sort. In all likelihood of what we have seen to be rumours, this one proves to be the same.
Let us keep the analysis short and crisp with a vivid look of what becomes the greatest hit and miss here.
This isn’t an unusual story and we have seen plethora of times films based on these concepts. It actually works out good results at the end of show to see someone like Vijay rescuing people from the deplored situations and proving to be their saviour. But what turns out to be a disappointing turn is the basic premise of the story and a fallible writing. Is it a fantasy tale or something that is meant to promote Vijay’s political ideologies? This becomes a first and foremost question as we come across infinite punch dialogues that used to be an intriguing part of Vijay’s erstwhile commercial films. Coming apart from these elements, the first half completely lacks story and it looks like the scenes were actually composed to impress Vijay fans and the comedy tracks involving Thambi Ramaiah are so much irksome. Although Sudeep appears by the first few minutes of this film, it just happens to be his introduction and he comes into picture only by intermission. Hansika Motwani and Sridevi again appear by second half. Shruthi Haasan has nothing to perform other than shaking with oomph factors for couple of songs and Hansika Motwani rarely performs anything and is just utilised as a showcase doll. Don’t ask us about Vidyullekha Raman, Thambi Ramaiah, Robot Shankar and Nandita have nothing to perform or score.
The CG works and animation should have been a major pillar in this movie, but it doesn’t stay up to the expectations. The cinematography is top-notch is places and we are bound to doubts if Sreekar Prasad had really edited the shots for the transitions are abrupt.
Certain portions in the film are promising and likeable for kids and few impress Vijay fans, but overall, it’s an average fare that doesn’t exceed our expectations with a too lengthy screenplay that tests our patience.
Verdict: Not really a grand entertainer