Kutti Puli is no different than previous films of Sasikumar, who is known to churn out blockbusters that are widely popular in B and C centres of Tamil Nadu. With stories that even a common man can relate to and enjoy, Sasi once again delivers a film that has a story done to death over the years, but promises plenty of mass appealing moments. With running time touching 150 minutes, Kutti Puli neither has the wittiness of Sundarapandian nor the energy of films such as Subramaniapuram and Nadodigal.
Sasikumar plays Kutti Puli, who lost his father, a highly respected man of his town, as a kid to gang rivalry in the town. Fearing that her son will also grow up to be like his father, Puli’ mother raises him with love and affection. However, he grows up exactly to be like his father.
Puli’s mother wants to get him married with the hope that he will become more responsible, but having witnessed what happened to his mother after his father was killed, he is against the idea of marriage for the same reason.
Eventually, he gives in to wedding for a very personal reason. What is that reason? What made him to have a change of heart? This forms the rest of the story.
Most of his films are set against the backdrop of some small city in Tamil Nadu, and this time it happens to be Madurai. The film has Sasi’s name written in every frame. From dialogues to witty one-liners and punch lines, there are umpteen heroic moments in the film audiences can look forward to and are most likely to enjoy to the fullest.
The film is not a multiplex material, but an out-and-out commercial entertainer for larger audiences, especially ones who are from the smaller cities and towns. The reason most of his films are successful because he knows what his strength is and would do whatever it takes to make the best use of it. Even though the film gets tad slow at regular intervals, there are moments that keep it intact till the last minute.
With very few familiar faces, the film rests on a host of debutants who have done a decent job to keep the film engaged. Saranya Ponvannan is totally wasted in a role that sees her mostly crying in every alternate scene.
What is funny is that Kutti Puli in English means little tiger, but sadly this tiger never roars.view less