Puli (2015)
Direction : Chimbu Deven
Production : SKT Studios
Starring : Vijay, Sridevi, Sudeep, Shruti Haasan, Hansika, Nandita
Music : Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography : Natarajan Subramaniam
Editing : A. Sreekar Prasad

Puli (2015)

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A filmmaker who has managed to deliver some average fares with comedy heroes like Vadivelu and Santhanam manages to get a big hero like Vijay. The expectations blew up bigger and finally the big day comes with more celebrations emblazoning among Ilayathalapathy fans. The film comes with a treatment that should have adorned with high style CG and animation works and more action packed sequences. Let us check out what works and doesn’t work with Puli, which has witnessed a worldwide opening today.

Story

Sridevi plays Yamanadevi, queen of the fantasy kingdom of Vedalakottai. She belongs to the ferocious clan of Vedalam warriors, but is under the spell of its evil general, Jalatharangam (Sudeep).

The clan wields magical powers that grant them superhuman strength and the ability to fly at will. All the surrounding villages are under their control and one such village is Vairanaloor. Here, we are introduced to Marudheeran (Vijay) and his lover Pavalamalli (Shruti Haasan).

Marudheeran is an orphan brought up by one of the villagers, Vembunathan (Prabhu). Their village is frequently troubled by the Vedalam clan, who come to collect taxes. During one such skirmish, Vembunathan is killed and Pavalamalli is kidnapped.

The second half is all about Marudheeran going in search of this elusive kingdom to bring back his beloved Pavalamalli.

17 Reviews

  1. 4/10

    Fails to impress. Uninspiring fantasy adventure film

    There are a host of supporting actors Thambi Ramaiah, Sathyan, Imman Annachi, Vidyullekha Raman and Robo Shankar trying to outdo each other in their bid to evoke some laughter, but fail miserably.

    Hansika, who plays Sridevi’s daughter Mandakini, puts in a brief appearance post-interval while Shruti Haasan adds to the glamour quotient in the first part.

    Sridevi effortlessly outclasses these youngsters with her immense style and admirable performance.

    Vijay, however, is not at his best. For most part, he seems awkward. The film is peppered with dialogues that hint at his political ambitions.

    Cinematographer Natarajan Subramaniam deserves credit for capturing the best of both, the spectacular natural locations, as well as the fairy tale like sets.

    Director Chimbu Deven is known for his simple, yet unconventional films, most of which have done quite well. But working with a mass hero like Vijay seems to have taken its toll.

    The film ends a compromise that does justice to neither the director nor the actor.

  2. Behindwoods
    6/10

    Looking beyond few issues, Puli is a lavishly made mainstream fantasy entertainer with good visual effects

    The film moves along at a pretty leisurely pace, and one can’t go in expecting a racy ride from start to finish. The ending could have been better, as it is too frenetic. Weighing all the positives and negatives, Puli is ultimately an effort which needs to be positively considered. It isn’t everyday that a lavish film such as this is made. Despite its screenplay issues, Puli deserves to be seen for all that has gone into its making.

    When Superstars pick such new scripts, there are lots of good things that can happen to cinema. Applause to Vijay for that.

  3. 2/10

    Vijay’s fantasy drama is a fantastic flop

    Vijay-starrer, fantasy adventure Puli, despite all the hype it created in its pre-release weeks, is utterly disappointing. With all the halo and aura around him placed by his innumerable fans, Vijay just does not perform. Absolutely wooden to the core, his face appears like a mask, totally masking his emotions.

    At 154 minutes, Puli is swamped with songs — some of them titillating skins shows, and a few others, a mere ploy to get Maru Dheeran and his lover, Pavazhamani (Shruti Haasan), together on a romantic high. Production values are uneven, and some of the mythical sequences look pretty much amateurish. And, in the end, we wonder what the plot was about. You could say that it was about an evil commander who terrorised a territory under him, till a wisp of a man came along to beat him at his own game. Yawn, yawn, we have seen this a million times on screen.

  4. A colourful diversion for undemanding kids

    Chimbu Deven has forgotten to make a movie for adults. His inventions surprise us, delight us for a second or two – and then we’re back to the turgid story. The first half, especially, is a drag – generic comedy (Thambi Ramiah), generic romance (Shruti Haasan, who’s sure to snag a Best Supporting Belly Button nomination at next year’s award functions), a generic second heroine (Hansika Motwani), and the kind of generic background score that composers think scream “epic.” (You know the deep wail, the chorus that sounds as if it was belched out by a thousand Viking women during childbirth.)

    Things get a little better in the second half, thanks to Sridevi’s evil queen – she gets a better ‘hero entry scene’ than the hero himself. There’s some fun watching this diva play another diva – though not nearly as much fun as the fact that her race is called Vedhaalam, which is the name of… Ajith’s upcoming movie. (Coincidence? A poke in the rib between professional rivals?)

  5. 5/10

    Watch the film if you have nothing better to do this long weekend!

    Puli many be new to Tamil cinema, the screenplay by director Chimbu Devenis a big let-down. The story is not something new and it moves at such a slow pace that it gets tiring to watch in places. We have seen Vijay in similar roles earlier, except that it wasn’t in the fantasy genre.

    Puli is touted to be an action entertainer, but other than a few twists in the plot, it doesn’t excite the audience. Chimbu Deven has wonderful actors in the film but he hasn’t used them to their full potential. Despite the fact that the director’s favourite genre is fantasy, this film is predictable and ordinary.

  6. 2/10

    The Vijay starrer makes for a painful watch.

    Full of kings and queens and enslaved villagers and a handsome young prince who will set everything right, is a crashing bore. Nothing prevented me from falling asleep: not the occasionally impressive computer graphics, nor the fight scenes, and certainly not the dull-as-ditchwater song-and-dances. Snore.

  7. Meena Iyer, TNN
    5/10

    Visual extravaganza, but it fails to entertain

    Puli is a fantasy but its failing is that it is told in an amateur fashion. Coming as it does, after the humongous success of Bahubali that raised the bar as far as fantasy, animation and give-it-all-you-got cinema goes, Puli disappoints. The film works as a visual extravaganza, but it fails to entertain. Even Vijay fans may find it hard to lap up his snazzy song-routine. Sridevi’s arched eyebrows are more expressive than the rest of her. Hansika and Shruti only wiggle their backsides and shake their bellies. Aah, even that’s disappointing.

  8. stalin

    Very perfect but still corrections to handle the director

  9. velu
    8/10

    Family entertainer

  10. ranjith
    10/10

    super

  11. velusamy
    9/10

    Not bad. Good to watch with family nowaday’s film

  12. Selvam
    1/10

    Flop

  13. venkatesh
    9/10

    Good its new for tamil cinema..Vijay acting well

  14. MKPRIYA
    10/10

    SUPER!!!!!

  15. JEYAKUMAR
    10/10

    VERY NICE MOVIE COMPARE TO ENNAI ARINTHAL AND VEDALAM

  16. The movie was originally titled “Komaram Puli”. “Komaram” was taken from the surname of the Gond martyr Komaram Bheem, who fought against the erstwhile Asaf Jahi dynasty for the liberation of Hyderabad State. However, following the objections by Komaram Sony Rao, grandson of Komaram Bheem, and also by a section of Telangana Joint Action Committee activists who called for a boycott of the film, the movie was renamed with title “Puli” on the second day of its release.The soundtrack album is titled “Komaram Puli.

  17. Puli is a 2015 Indian Tamil fantasy-adventure film written and directed by Chimbu Deven. The film features Vijay in a dual role alongside Shruthi Haasan, Hansika Motwani and Sridevi. Sudeep features as the main antagonist of the film including Prabhu and Nandita Swetha in supporting roles.

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