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Paayum Puli : Movie Review

Produced by Vendhar Movies

Directed by Suseenthiran

Cast Vishal, Kajal Agarwal, Samudrakani, Soori, R.K., Aiswarya Dutta, Jayaprakash, Harish Uthaman, Anandraj, Murali Sharma and Nikita Thukral (in a guest role) 

Running Time 135 minutes 

Using the same title of a Rajnikanth film released in 1983, this flick which marks the successful collaboration of the actor and the director after Pandiya Naadu ( 2013) for a second time, showcases Vishal as a cop for the third time in his career after Sathyam (2008) and Vedi (2011).Also, it is for a second time that a Vishal film uses a title of a Rajnikanth film after Naan Sigappu Manithan.

Paayum Puli movie poster

Till about the interval block, Vishal doesn't opt to wear the Khaki uniform, probably as he happens to be an undercover cop, that too, an encounter specialist at that. Vishal is in his elements in the action sequences, his height facilitating his swift body movements and footwork to desired levels. He is equally at ease in the romantic sequences and a perfect onscreen chemistry is quite evident between the actors.

Reportedly, the film, set against the temple town of Madurai in Tamilnadu, has its script woven around some real life incidents that happened in a battle between the cops and criminals. The screenplay deliberates on how the criminals undermine a cop, the outcome of which the cop proves that he is too powerful for them, by triumphing over them all finally. Evidently, the National award winning filmmaker has taken some liberties with the real life tale while converting it into a real life script giving enough and more for the entry of commercial ingredients by presenting an action-packed yet enjoyable fictionalised account of the main plot.

Samudrakani, who is basically a good filmmaker, seems to be emerging as a very good actor too. Here he plays a villain but doesn't exactly impress at the way he would have otherwise done, had it been a character-based cameo. Kajal appears to have been cast just because a film has to have a heroine and she just about servess that purpose. Soori impresses adequately and has surprisingly refrained from going overboard like the way it turned out to be in the recently released, Jeyam Ravi starrer, Sakalakala Vallavan. 

D Imman who is currently riding high, has come up with some commercial numbers that would appeal more to the hardcore fans of the hero.

Jayasteelan (Vishal ) is a cop who is asked to eliminate a gang, that is involved in demanding huge money from businessmen, when he rounds up and kills a entire gang he learns that there is other master-mind behind it. The identity of that person is the surprise element of the script, which is revealed only at the interval. The film has a lot of obvious flaws which the film maker seems to have simply over-looked. Suseenthiran could have been more cautious with the finer details of the film as some loop-holes are gleamingly evident.


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