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Directed by : Chimbudevan

Release Date : | Length : 154 Minutes

  • Critics Rating 2.3/5
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Puli is a big budget Indian action-adventure fantasy film written and directed by Chimbu Deven. The film features Vijay in a dual role alongside an ensemble cast including Sudeep, Prabhu, Sridevi, Shruti Haasan, Hansika Motwani and Nandita.


“Puli falls short of expectations.”

Puli Audience Review

A wasted opportunity!

| by Veera Raghav |
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After big expectations and a bigger delay in release, Vijay’s Puli released yesterday from the noon shows onwards. Though the expectations were riding high, the resultant is a disappointment.

There is a lot of creativity in the film, for starters. Chimbudevan sets the film in a distant land, something which we are unfamiliar with. But the execution is what takes the excitement away, pulling down all the pins. There are a lot of interesting characters which the director manages to infuse in but none of them take the story forward. And that is why Puli falters.

From the cast, it is only Vijay who saves the day. With a lot of charisma, the man manages to entertain everybody be it his dance, his action or the comics. The rest of the cast either seem like misfits or do not find a place in the story of the film. Famous celebs like Sridevi and Sudeep are wasted in a rushed script of sorts, making their presence felt only after the interval.

Kudos to the technical team who have presented a visual treat like never before. Natty’s cinematography splurges colour everywhere. The VFX team has to be commended for their huge efforts, as the VFX is near perfect throughout the movie. It is quite a benchmark for CG in Tamil films as the team brings lovely characters to life, helping us sit through the film.

Music by DSP is the biggest drawback of the film. Both the songs and the BGM do not stand up for themselves and end up bringing you a headache.


Chimbudevan could have churned out an epic fantasy adventure in Puli. But unfortunately, the director messes up in the script-to-screen translation, burning the loots in the process. Puli is an utterly disappointing film, which offers nothing more than a one-time watch. 

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