Vijay-Chimbu Devan team’s mammoth flick Puli hit the screens after a tantrum that caused the cancellation of its first shows all over the state. The much talked about fantasy, adventure flick is a wild cat that is ambitiously eyeing for Puli status. The movie successfully grabs audience attention in the first half with some stunning VFX and a terrific intro of Vijay. The actor also makes sure the movie is packed with enough punch lines. But it fails the audience in the second half and drags to a predictable climax.
The movie is all about a young man named Puli, played by Vijay. He takes a trip back to the past with the help of a time machine. Eventually, he landed in a kingdom called Vedhala Desam which ruled by evil forces. Puli is exposed to new challenges and threats that bring put the super hero, blue eyed warrior hidden inside him. His romantic chords are under test too by two gorgeous women in between. How Puli manages to beat the evil forces and tame his romantic endeavors are the rest of the story.
Vijay looks stunning in his never seen before avatar of a warrior. The actor is unmatched in his screen presence, dialogue delivery, and action. He seems comfortable playing a double role. But, there is a deficit of his usual mannerism for fans in the movie. The diehard Vijay fans may not find their usual hero in the movie. Evidently, the actor follows MGR’s footsteps to deliver something more than a realistic super hero movie. Influences of similar MGR hits like Ayirathil Oruvan are evident in the treatment.
Kiccha Sudeep delivers a powerful and raw performance as the main villain. Actress Sreedevi looks gorgeous, but the impact of her character is lost somewhere in between. In fact, her character is the most loosely knit one in Puli, who’s all other characters are well formed.
Actresses Hansika and Shruti Haasan have nothing to do more than romance and dance like usual super hero movies. Their characters are well written and placed to add the glamour quotient and both the gorgeous actors do a good job. Thambi Ramaiah manages to create some hilarious comedy scenes with Vijay. Other actors like Ali, Vidyu Raman, and Nandita Swetha have also got enough screen space anytime to impress the audience with decent performances.
Director Chimbu Devan manages to hold the grip in the first half well and he is keen to fill it with mass dialogues and scenes. But he loses the grip in the second half with too many twists that confusing the viewer. The movie drags a little as a result. Visual Effects, awesome first half, casting, twists, and background score are the plus points of the movie. A dragging script made with unnecessary twists in the second half if the negatives. If you can step into the theater wiping out the Rs. 118 Crore movie hype, you can walk out with the satisfaction of watching a roaring wild cat.