Puli (2010 film)
Puli (English: Tiger) is a 2010 Indian Telugu-language action film written and directed by S. J. Surya, starring Pawan Kalyan in the lead role, with Nikeesha Patel, Manoj Bajpayee, Saranya Ponvannan, Charan Raj, Nassar, and Ali 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 Singanamala Ramesh on a ₹ 400 million budget and was distributed Geetha Arts. The film was released on 10 September. 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. Its Nizam rights were sold to Geetha Arts for ₹12 crore (US$1.7 million) which is a record sum.
|Directed by||S. J. Surya|
|Produced by||Singanamala Ramesh|
|Written by||S. J. Surya|
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Budget||₹40 crore (US$5.6 million)|
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A lady, while searching for her missing husband, faced inhuman behaviour from the local police. Her husband was an honest police officer. When she met the goon Saleem, she came to know that he had killed her husband. Saleem was about to kill the woman, but she managed to escape and took shelter in a temple. It is revealed that she was pregnant. A few days later, Saleem's henchman hounded her, and she hid under a river. In this horrific situation, she gave birth to a child, Komaram Puli, who will be a daredevil police officer in the future.
Many years pass by and
Puli is now a grown up and an honest police officer. In an awarding ceremony, Puli demand a special taskforce of honest police officers to clear the crimes in the city. In this course Puli meets an honest female police officer Madhumati and fell for her, but came to know she is pretending to be a police officer and sent her behind bars. However Puli's mother bail Madhumati out as Madhumati truly loves Puli.
Al saleem, who is now a well known businessman, returns to india and tries creating difficulties for Puli as he is finding the dreadful gangster Nikson. Unknown to Puli, Nikson was in his taskforce the whole time. After some honest police officers get killed by Nikson, Puli confronted Al Saleem. He kept getting beating by Al salerm so he would reveal all his illegal businesses, and when Al saleem confesses his deeds Puli kills him, completing his mother's vengeance.
- Pawan Kalyan as Komaram Puli IPS
- Nikeesha Patel as Madhumathi
- Manoj Bajpayee as Al Saleem
- Saranya Ponvannan as Puli's mother
- Charan Raj as Inspector General of Police
- Nassar as ACP Ravi Kumar
- Girish Karnad as Prime Minister
- Ali as Basha
- Chitram Seenu as Constable
- Kovai Sarala as Inspector Madhumati
- Cochin Haneefa as Al Saleem's PA
- Brahmaji as Inspector Raj Kumar
- Satyam Rajesh as Puli's driver
- Master Bharath
- Jyothi Krishna
- S. J. Surya as Hussain (guest appearance)
- Shriya Saran in a special appearance as a bar dancer in the song "Dochey"
Development and castingEdit
Puli was director S. J. Suryah'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 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 4 September 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 18 May onwards only. Pawan kalyan's acting fee for this film was ₹10 crore (US$1.4 million).Puli was made with a budget of ₹40 crore (US$5.6 million) from which ₹35 crore (US$4.9 million) is production costs.
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 receptionEdit
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. It's a big-budget film with a solid casting. Just laugh at the poorly 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.
Its Nizam rights were sold to Geetha Arts for ₹12 crore (US$1.7 million) which is a record sum.
Puli ticket rates price was sold for ₹75 (US$1.10) in its first week
The makers of the film re-edited it due to very mixed to poor reviews and re-released the shortened version on 15 September 2010.
The film features a soundtrack consisting of 6 songs composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics penned by Chandrabose. This is the third among Rahman's only three straight Telugu films that are not remakes or bilinguals. The highly anticipated soundtrack album was released on 11 July 2010. The release rights of the album was purchased by Sony Music for ₹20 million. 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. Suryah, 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 300,000 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 18 May. 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 second 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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