Puli is the usual police crime story hunting for the ellusive villain but with a personal angle too for the decimation of the baddie.
Puli (Pawan Kalyan) is brought up by his mother (Saranya) to be a courageous police officer. He gets his recognition when he saves the Prime Minister from an assassination attempt. He is given a free hand to deal with crime with his own Puli Team. He is more concerned with the problems of the common man. There is Madhumathi (Nikisha Patel) who is desperately in love with Puli.
In the line of his duty, Puli comes across Al Saleem (Manoj Bajpai) who has in fact killed his father, a sincere police officer. There ensues a game of wits between Puli and Saleem. Then there is the dreaded terrorist Nixon, who is actually a member of the Puli team. The rest of the story deals with how the good police finish off the bad guys.
Pawan Kalyan is his usual ebullient self but cannot impress because of a weak script and sketchy characterisation. Nikisha Patel is just a glam prop. Manoj Bajpai is cramped by the confusion of his own role. Saranya is typical as a disressed single parent. All others just go through their motions.
The premise of the story is weak and the narration becomes the weaker by shoddy screenplay. When the hero starts preaching, he does not become a good samaritan but just another weary priest with chewing gum sermons. AR Rahman’s music fails to click. Choreography is insipid. Cinematography is average.
Puli is a costly cinematic error. A badly made film that even Pawan Kalyan fans may choose to forget that it was ever made.
The Cast and Crew
Pawan Kalyan, Nikisha Patel, Manoj Bajpai, Nazar, Saranya, Charanraj, Ali, Girish Karnad, Brahmaji and others
Music: A R Rahman
Cinematography: Binod Pradhan
Producer: Singanamala Ramesh Babu
Banner: Kanakarathna Movies
Director: S J Surya
0.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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