Vijay Puli Movie ReviewApr 21, 2016 11:38 AM
Tamil star Vijay invited trouble by openly expressing his desire to foray into politics. Ever since then, Most of his films have been facing release hiccups, be it 'Thalaiva', 'Kaththi' & 'Puli'. The recent IT Raids on Vijay & Puli Producers have affected the film so badly. Finally, This high-budget venture got released in a big way despite the delay.
Bhetala Desam is being ruled by the evil queen Yavvana Rani (Sridevi) who have 56 regions under her control and doesn't mind harassing the people by levying hefty taxes. Manoharudu (Vijay) who lives in Bhairava Kona falls in love with Mahalakshmi (Shruti Haasan). To remain as an eternal beauty, Yavvani Rani performs a ritual as per the directions of the saint and gears up to sacrifice 18 females on an auspicious full-Moon day. It was then Mahalakshmi gets kidnapped by the Queen and Manoharudu takes up the challenge to rescue his Sweat Heart. Was he able to succeed in the mission? What's the real identity of Manoharudu? Watch the fantasy flick in theaters near you for more details..!
With 'Puli', It was proven that a lean actor like Vijay doesn't suit socio fantasy films. One need to have a certain body language to play such roles and Vijay's silent reactions are a big NO.
Sridevi made a comeback down South after two decades. She performed well in a role with negative shades and her action sequences are decent. There were times when the excessive make-up applied on her face has dominated her acting.
Both female leads Shruti Haasan and Hansika are restricted to songs, just to fill the glamour slot. Sudeep's Character as Bethaludu wasn't etched well. Ali & Vidyulatha's comedy track is funny.
Plus Points :
Glamour dose of Female Leads
Minus Points :
Devi Sri Prasad's Music isn't pleasing at all. While a couple of songs appeared decent, Rerecording is fine in Second Half. Cinematography is damn good and every frame appears to be on a grand scale. CG Work is very impressive in few sequences and pretty ordinary in few others. Editing is poor and further trimming could have helped. Production Values are lavish.
'Puli' is a socio fantasy flick which could be compared on par with 'Baahubali' Part 1 in terms of budget & grandeur. However, We don't find war-field sequences here but just the sword fights at regular intervals alike Nandamuri Balakrishna's 'Bhairava Dweepam'. Usually, Socio Fantasy Films shatter the records whenever they hit the bull's eye and burn the hands of everyone involved when fallen short of expectations. Unfortunately, The Vijay-starrer falls in the second category.
Wafer-Thin Storyline & Poor Screenplay have costed 'Puli' so badly. To make things worse, The storyline of 'Puli' is similar to that of 'Bhairava Dweepam' and the only difference is a Queen played by Sridevi appearing in the role of Antagonist. Even the 'lilliput' sequence featuring Ali & Vidyulatha Raman is inspired from this Telugu blockbuster which released 20 years ago. Had if Director Simbhu Devan came up with a taut screenplay, These shortcomings might have been overcomed but that wasn't the case in reality.
Even the Action Blocks of Vijay were unexciting and few sequences willn't be liked by the hardcore fans of this Mass Hero as well. Comedy Episodes in First Half were ridiculous and Interval fight with a tiger looks artificial. The Filmmaker succeeded in keeping the audience hooked to the screens for sometime in the Second Half with the scenes of Vijay's entry into Bhetala Kota and the way he rescues Shruti Haasan. But, That doesn't mean even this part of the movie is engaging enough and worth your ticket price. Overall, 'Puli' isn't the kind of product audience expect especially when around Rs 100 crore has gone into its making.
PULI fails to ROAR!
Telugureporter.com Rating 2/5