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Puli Movie review
Puli, the highly anticipated fantasy adventure flick is a complete entertainer which has an equal blend of comedy, action, sentiments and romance. Starring Vijay, Hansika Motwani, Shruti Haasan and Sri Devi, the film is directed by Chimbu Devan. Rockstar DSP has composed the virally trending songs of the film, which has its Cinematography handled by Natarajan Subramaniam. Produced by P. T. Selvakumar and Shibu Thameens, the movie is made on a huge budget which is said to be the costliest movie in Vijay's career. With a run time of 154 minutes, the film is distributed by Sri Thenandal Films in Tamil Nadu.
The film begins the narration of the powerfulness of an evil group named Vedhalam who have many supernatural powers. They are identified with their powerful blue eyes and magical powers. Headed by the tyrant commander (Kichcha Sudeep) and an evil queen (Sri Devi), the group control many villages including Prabhu's small tribal vilage. Prabhu, one day, finds a baby boy on the banks of a river and as expected he brings up the boy like his own son. He name him Marudheeran (Vijay) and trains him in all forms of stunts and adventure activities.
On the other hand, Vedhalams visits the village frequently to collect money, however, knowing Marudheeran's power, the group always stays away from giving them much trouble. Shruti Haasan is Vijay's childhood friend and also his lady love. During the absence of Marudheeran, the Vedhalam group destroy the village, killing Prabhu and also kidnaps Shruti Haasan. An agitated Marudheeran decides to go to the Vedhalam Kingdom and bring back Shruti Haasan. Will he bring bring back his lady love? What will be the problems faced by the him? Will he overcome the problems? To know a clear picture on this, watch the film on theatres.
A big kudos to the entire Puli team for making a lavish attempt of this sort, in Kollywood. Being a fantasy story, anything can happen in the story which can be logically unacceptable. However Director Chimbu Deven has done a brilliant job in making sure that the audience are glued to screens. Ilayathalapathy Vijay stuns audiences with his as usual style and charisma. The actor has undoubtedly stole the show with ease. Despite being a short presence, Hansika and Shruti Haasan have perfected their roles--Sruthi Haasan sizzles as a lover girl, and Hansika stuns with her princess avatar. Kichcha walks away with accolades with his suave performance as a tyrant commander. One cannot stop raving about the performance of Sridevi who appears as an evil queen. Nobody else could have replaced the role. Infact, the actress has made the right comeback with the right film. Actors Prabhu, Aadukalam Naren and Nandita Swetha perfected their roles. Versatile comedians Thambi Ramaiah, Imman Annachi, Robo Shankar, Sathyan and Vidyullekha presents minute laughable moments throughout the film.
The film which is rich in VFX and CGI, combined along with the cinematography expertise of Natarajan Subramaniam have succeeded in presenting a visual treat to the audience. Editor Sreekar Prasad has also done a laudable job. The interesting characters such as talking birdie, direction guiding frog, guruji Tortoise, one eyed monster and so on, gives a unique experience to the audience for the first time ever in Kollywood. With that said, the CGI could have been better in the miniature pupil's sequences. Being a fantasy film, the screenplay could have been gripping with less cliches. It is also worth mentioning that Puli has more of Vedhalams. On the whole, Puli has set a record of being one of the most remarkable visually and technically brilliant fantasy film ever made in Kollywood, with its majesticity and grandeur!
Credits to Vijay for coming out of his safe zone and attempting a completely different fantasy adventure!