Ooph.. After a long hiatus here comes our own Puli. Yes such that was its pre release hype. Not only pre release this started long back when Vijay joined hands with Chimbu has he is known for his fantasy type films. Next came the cast and crew list and raised many eyebrows. The first look, songs, teaser and trailer all attracted many counts. So what type of movie is this. Lets see..
Marudheeran (Vijay) lives happily with his father and his vilagers. Their neighbours from Vedhalapuram ruled by Sridevi kidnaps Marudheeran’s lady-love (Sruthihaasan) and kills his father. Marudheeran goes to Vedhalapuram to save his girl. There he secretly tries to find his lady-love with help from many sources and even the trust of the queen and she announces her daughter (Hansika) will marry him. The rest of the film tells us whether Marudheeran saves his people and girlfriend from the evil queen or not.
The biggest plus for would be that the film does not disappoint in its fantasy content. Huge sets, mammoth animals, lead characters with super natural powers would definitely satisfy the lovers of this genre and would also appeal to children. Fantasy based ideas like dwarf people, talking bird, a giant tortoise, black panther fight all adds interest in watching. Very poor screenplay, weak flashback, poor placement of songs, convenient turns in the story and a dragging climax dampen the overall impact. It should have been either fully fantasy or either commercial where the director fails to decide which one.
Vijay fits well in the fantasy mold without compromising anything. He carries the stunts and dance sequences with his usual finesse. With a surprise second role, he proves his acting skills (that look was a big mess). Sridevi has given her best and it is nice to see her back in a different avatar. Sruthihaasan and Hansika are literally used as fillers. Sudeep and Prabhu does not have anything to score whereas Thambi Ramayya, Robo Shankar and the dwarfs add somewhat a bit comedy otherwise it hardly exists.
Technically the film has lived up to its lavish spending and hype created. Art director Muthuraj, Natraj and the VFX team have ensured that the film is a visual treat. Sreekar could have trimmed the film a bit and selection of Devi Sri Prasad for music for such a film is a bad choice. He adds nothing to the film. Director can be appreciated for maintaining his fantasy things but his average screenplay sans fun and excitement makes this film as an average outing..!! 🙂