Pulivaal (English: Tail of the Tiger) is a 2014 Tamil comedy thriller film directed by G. Marimuthu who earlier directed Kannum Kannum,[1] and produced by Sarath Kumar and Listin Stephen. Prasanna and Vimal play the leading roles, while Ineya, Oviya and Ananya, play the female leads.[1] The film is a remake of the 2011 Malayalam film Chaappa Kurishu which itself was an unofficial copy of the 2009 South Korean movie Handphone. It started production in March 2013[2][3] and released on 7 February 2014.

Directed byG. Marimuthu
Produced byRaadhika
Listin Stephen
Written bySameer Thahir
Music byN. R. Raghunanthan
CinematographyBhojan K. Dinesh
Edited byKishore Te.
Release date
  • 7 February 2014 (2014-02-07)
Budget2 crore (US$280,000)
Box office10 crore (US$1.4 million)


The film revolves around the life of two people with contrasting lifestyles. Karthik (Prasanna) is a wealthy and powerful businessman, while Kasi (Vimal) is a lower middle class guy who works in a supermarket. Karthik is about to be married to Pavithra (Ineya), but he is also in love with his colleague Monica (Oviya). One day, Karthik loses his phone, which has videos of him and Monica making love. The phone accidentally reaches Kasi's hands. The rest of the plot involves the cunning tricks used by Karthik to get back his phone.



Music is composed by N. R. Raghunanthan.[4]

Soundtrack album by
ProducerN. R. Raghunanthan
N. R. Raghunanthan chronology
Madha Yaanai Koottam


The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV.[5]

Kanan wrote, "At the heart of Pulivaal...is the grim truth that we cannot control life, and that the things do can sometimes spiral into disastrous consequences for innocents. But the uninspired narrative doesn't do this theme justice. The characters... are strictly one-dimensional, the staging is flat, and the events are preposterous".[6] Sify wrote, "somehow the wafer thin story of Puli Vaal and its making leaves you cold and detached. Everything looks too manipulative, and look and feel does not have a local nativity. The ending is also a tame affair".[7] Behindwoods gave it 2 stars out of 5 and wrote, "director Marimuthu allows the plot play out like a game with lifeless thrills, and whenever he does manage to build suspense he breaks it down with narratives that are tangential to the story".[8] Indiaglitz gave it 3 stars out of 5 and wrote, "But for a few minor glitches...Pulivaal is "a highly entertaining movie".[9] Cinemalead's Siddarth Srinivas loathed the film, rating it 1.5 stars on 5.[10] Baradwaj Rangan of the Hindu wrote "At the heart of Pulivaal, adapted from the Malayalam film Chaappa Kurishu, is the grim truth that we cannot control life, and that the things we do can sometimes spiral into disastrous consequences for innocents."[11]


  1. ^ a b Zachariah, Ammu. "'Chappa Kurishu' turns 'Pulival' in Kollywood". Times of India. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Tamil actor Sarath Kumar takes special interest in production". IBNLive. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  3. ^ Raghavan, Nikhil (16 March 2013). "Etcetera: Exciting line-up". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Audio Beat: Pulivaal - Power-packed album". 11 January 2014 – via The Hindu.
  5. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tv/news/tamil/Pulivaal-premieres-on-Sun-TV/articleshow/40858520.cms
  6. ^ "Pulivaal: Tiger by the tail". 8 February 2014 – via The Hindu.
  7. ^ "Puli Vaal".
  8. ^ "Pulivaal (aka) Puli Vaal review".
  9. ^ "Pulivaal review. Pulivaal Tamil movie review, story, rating - IndiaGlitz.com".
  10. ^ Siddarth Srinivas. "Pulivaal Movie Review". Cinemalead. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  11. ^ https://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/cinema-reviews/pulivaal-tiger-by-the-tail/article5668108.ece

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