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
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.
When his girlfriend (Shruthi Haasan) is kidnapped by a bunch of cruel men from the dynasty of Vedhalapuram, a man unaware about his inborn warrior traits and his lineage sets out to rescue her. It’s an adventurous journey brimming with excitements, thrills and fantasies and the young man realises about his real identity that is someone who must rise to power.
When you say ‘Fantasy’, it’s obvious that the target audiences are Children. There are some aspects of this film that caters to the tastes of kids that includes the episodes of tortoise, fight with the jaguar, the fun filled elements of adventures. But that doesn’t make the story complete, it gets hampered now and then with an erroneous writing.... For the kids, who have at least seen the dubbed version of many Hollywood based fantasy films, they are sure to come up with comparisons much more than how adult audiences would perceive. On the flip side, certain scenes and glamorous songs wouldn’t be a real treat for the children. Well, for Vijay fans it facilitates them to enjoy the show with screams and howls with punch dialogues that run into monstrous numbers. After a certain extent, we get too much irked by this, where a supposed to be an entertainer turns out to be a personal ideology of actor. Musical score by Devi Sri Prasad is a huge disappointment, where neither the songs nor the placement are apt. Natty aka Natarajan has tried exerting the best visuals through his lens, but again lack of perfection in CG and colour grading becomes a hurdle...
The first half extending to 70 minutes actually has less engaging scenes and in second half there are some commendable sequences which might grab the attention, but again the length becomes a problem.
The star-cast is grander and we expect something more promising from everyone. In contrast, the first half rarely has everyone from the cast and when we see it overall, it’s just Sridevi and Sudeep having more scope to perform. Vijay hasn’t strained to give something offbeat with performance in accordance to this genre, but maintains his usual style. Shruthi Haasan appears for 15 minutes and disappears only to shake legs in a dream song of glamorous attires. Hansika Motwani rarely speaks and performs. We see her walk as princess and dance for couple of numbers with Vijay. Sudeep is groovy doing the best justice to his role. Thambi Ramaiah is okay and his parallel comedy tracks are unwanted. Imman Annachi appearing as dwarf tickles funny bones with some witty lines of his style, but Robo Shankar is terribly wasted. Vidhyulleka is just okay and Sathyan has nothing to do. Lots of expectations mounted upon on Nandita’s suspense character and it ends with a mere disappointment.
2. Few portions that engage and enthral kids
What doesn’t work?
2. Lengthy duration
3. Amateur and Imperfect CG works
Chimbu Devan as mentioned above has delivered some good films with Vadivelu, Santhanam and Raghava Lawrence, but when he teams up with an actor like Vijay, his thought process should have been different and something exceptionally brilliant, whereas here he tries to offer an outing of same style, which doesn’t exceed our expectations.
Verdict: A fantasy tale with overdose of punch and action dialogues
Rating : 4.5/10