|Directed by||S. J. Suryaah|
|Produced by||Singanamala Ramesh
|Written by||S. J. Suryaah|
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Editing by||V. T. Vijayan|
|Running time||163 minutes|
|Budget||45 crore (US$8.2 million).|
|Box office||41 crore (US$7.5 million).|
Puli is a 2010 Telugu action film written and directed by S. J. Suryaah, starring Pawan Kalyan in the lead role, with Nikeesha Patel, Manoj Bajpai, Charan Raj, Nassar, Jyothi Krishna, Bhrahmaji, Ali and Girish Karnad in supporting roles and Shriya Saran appearing in an item number. The film features a soundtrack by A. R. Rahman and cinematography by Binod Pradhan. It was produced by Navodaya Appachan and Singanamala Ramesh on a 35 crore budget and was distributed Geetha Arts. The film was released on September 10. The film was originally titled Komaram Puli but was renamed as Puli on the second day of release, following objections by Komaram Sony Rao, grandson of the tribal legend Komaram Bheem, from whose name the title of the movie was taken.
- Pawan Kalyan as Komaram Puli
- Nikeesha Patel as Madhumathi
- Manoj Bajpai as Al Saleem
- S. J. Suryaah as Hussain
- Saranya Ponvannan
- Charan Raj as Inspector General of Police
- Nassar as Assistant Commissioner of Police
- Jyothi Krishna
- Brahmaji as Inspector of Police
- Girish Karnad as Prime Minister
- Shriya Saran Special appearance as a bar dancer in the song "Dochey"
Development and casting
Puli was director S. J. Suryaah's dream project. Initially he planned to make the movie with Akshay Kumar in Hindi and later with Vijay in Tamil and he sent bound scripts to both superstars. But both the projects did not happen. The storyline was also discussed with Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi. Later, after the confirmation from pawan kalyan, it was finalised to make in Telugu with Pawan Kalyan . Hansika Motwani was originally signed to play the heroine but was replaced by Nikeesha Patel, who made her acting debut in this film. The film was sent to the censor board on September 4 and received an A certificate.
The movie was shot in various parts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, as well as in Malaysia, Singapore, Bangkok and Dubai. The filming was almost completed by May 2010, but the songs were shot from May 18 onwards only.
The movie was originally titled "Komaram Puli". "Komaram" was taken from the surname of the Gond martyr Komaram Bheem, who fought against the erstwhile Asaf Jahi dynasty for the liberation of Hyderabad State. However, following the objections by Komaram Sony Rao, grandson of Komaram Bheem, and also by a section of Telangana Joint Action Committee activists who called for a boycott of the film, the movie was renamed with title "Puli" on the second day of its release. The soundtrack album is titled "Komaram Puli".
Release and reception
The film was released worldwide with 950 prints in 1250 theatres, a record of sorts for a Telugu film. The film's release faced a minor roadblock in the form of its title.[dead link] The film critic from NDTV warned the audience by saying "watch the film at your own risk. Its a big-budget film with a solid casting. It has got some extraordinarily directed action scenes." The background score by A. R. Rahman and camerawork by Binod Pradhan were appreciated and many critics rated them as the highlight of the movie. It was thought to be a failure at the box office.
The makers of the film re-edited it due to very poor reviews and re-released the shortened version on 15 September 2010. The final outcome however was disappointing. The film was declared as a flop at the box office.
The film features a soundtrack consisting of 6 songs composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics penned by Chandrabose. The highly anticipated soundtrack album was released on 11 July 2010 by Sony Music. The release rights of the album was purchased by Sony Music for 2 crores. The audio was launched by K Rosaiah, Rahman and his mother Kareema Begum in a function held at H.I.C.C Novotel, Hyderabad. The function was attended by K Rosaiah, S. J. Suryaah, Allu Aravind, Pawan Kalyan, Nikeesha Patel, Shriya Saran, A. R. Rahman, Chandrabose, Anand Sai, Singanamala Ramesh, S. R. Murthy and many others. The soundtrack got overwhelming response and became a hot seller. The audio sales reached a total of 3 lakhs of CDs in the first three days, which is an all-time record in Telugu film history.
The picturisation of the songs was also noted. Two songs were choreographed by Bollywood choreographer Ahmed Khan. The songs he choreographed were "Power Star" (Pawan Kalyan's introduction song) and "Dochey" (an item number featuring Shriya Saran). The songs were filmed in two schedules at Annapurna Studios beginning from May 18. Of the six songs written for the film, four songs were directly included in the film while the remaining two served as background songs. Lyricist Chandrabose collaborated with Rahman for the first time through this film. He took almost three months to write the song "Amma Thale", while all it took to write the song "Maaralente" was 90 minutes. A. R. Rahman's original score also received critical praise. Rahman collaborated with artists from three European countries to re-record the background score.
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