I still can’t get over the fact that a team of brilliant star studded cast didn’t find this script plain, lacking depth and just hilarious. Chimbudevan has tried his hand at Fantasy genre with a touch of comedy and failed miserably.
This movie begins with a baby floating in the river straight to the Village Leader which he instantly decides to adopt as his son. (Rings a bell?) This baby then grows up and witnesses the tortures and torments the villagers go through, because of a different blooded group of super humans, called Vedhalars. (cough cough) This baby, which by now you know is Vijay grows up to be a fearless warrior who promises the village people that one day he’ll win back their freedom from the Vedhalars. The Queen of this super-human country is Sridevi as you all already know. Sudeep is the Captain of the Royal Guard – baddie of course!
Meanwhile Vjay’s childhood crush goes away to another country to pursue her education ( ROFL moment) and comes back as the glamorous Shruti Hassan. When she is captured by the Vedhalars , Vijay decides it’s time to go to war. But ofcourse he is a normal human being and doesn’t have those inhuman powers and the means to enter the Vedhalar Castle. He gets a magic potion which gives him super human strength to fight them. But the catch? It lasts only for 8 minutes. So he has to defeat them – not with strength, but with stealth.
So how Vijay goes over to Vedhalar Castle, who’s help he had to sought, did he save his love and win back the freedom of his people is the story.
Vijay was in a winning streak already with content rich movies back to back like Kaththi and Thuppakki. There was no need for him to risk a totally alien genre and prove himself or have a come-back. So honest to God, I do not understand why would he sign such an age-old boring script!
Shruthi Hassan is pretty and
dumb innocent and dances very well actually! *truly surprised* But she REALLY should have gone for dubbing. I’m a fan of her songs, but she sounds plain rugged and scratchy in dialogues.
Hansika (Oh. I haven’t mentioned her so far? Doesn’t even matter) is the Princess of Vedhalars and just shows up now and then.
I was expecting a meaty role from the Evil Queen Sridevi. But it is tarnished by lots of evil-laughing, heavy lined kohl eyes and vampire-teeth-showing. Really, that is all. Oh, her hand extends like some XMen stuff. If that kind of thing amuses you.
Sudeep is such a great performer and they have totally under-used him. Totally. Just another Padai Thalabathi aiming for the throne.
Music by DSP is already discussed enough since the audio launch. My picks are still Mannavane and Yendi Yendi. BGMs could have been better. It was all just too much sound. And the same love BGM every friggin time Shruthi or Hansika enters the frame.
VFX. Why? Every scene will probably have a VFX bird flying around or a VFX One-Eyed Giant Man, VFX Lilliputians, VFX Panthers. I’m not saying they were cheap or bad, they were infact good. But too much of anything just loses it’s appeal!
All said and done, this is a very brave move from Vijay. To attempt fantasy is one thing – but doing a script that lacks so much of promise but just with the hope that ‘this director has done it once, he will do it again’ has just backfired. Vijay tries to balance out the bad script and even worse screenplay with his charisma, dance and screen presence. But there is only so much a single man can do.
Unfortunately Puli fails to impress. But it sure as hell is not going to make me just stop being a Vijay fan 😉 We shall bounce back! *rawr*