Puli is an Indian Tamil Fantasy film written and directed by Chimbu Deven. The film features Vijay in a dual role alongside an ensemble cast including Shruti Haasan, Hansika Motwani, Sridevi and Sudeep. The Music and cinematography is handled by Devi Sri Prasad and Natarajan Subramaniam respectively.
The movie is jointly produced by PT SelvaKumar and Shibu of Thameens films under the banner SKT Studios. Full Cast & Crew
Vijay plays dual role in this movie as Marudheeran and Pulivendhan. Hansika Motwani as princess and Shruti Haasan pairs with Vijay (Marudheeran).
Puli is set against the backdrop of a fantasy kingdom named Vedhala Kotai, which is ruled by its queen, played by Sridevi, and commandeered by Sudeep.
Sudeep leads a mysterious team of warriors known as 'Vedhalangal' and they posses certain super human abilities. Putting their super powers to good use, Sudeep and his gang impose many unreasonable taxes on the citizens who reside in the surrounding villages.
They also treat them as slaves and take complete control over them. Unable to free themselves from the evil clutches of 'Vedhalangal', the villagers finally turn towards Vijay after certain turn of events.
How Vijay takes on the evil gang of 'Vedhalangal' despite their super power abilities forms the crux of the story.
Issues in Movie Release
Puli movie was set to release on Oct 1st, 2015. The audio of this movie e got released on Aug 2nd (Track List). The theatrical trailer of the movie was released on August 20th, 2015.
The shows of the fantasy-drama film that were scheduled as early as 4 am and 5 am on October 1 stand cancelled, due to the IT raid, the producers were not allowed to move funds to clear last minute payments.
Finally all the issues were sorted out by 9 AM and all the shows were started by then. The first show was started at US.
View photos: Fans Celebrating The FDFS Of Puli at Theatres
Chimbu Deven was reported to be working on a "fantasy film set in contemporary times" in January 2011 for UTV Motion Pictures and Dhanush was subsequently signed on to play the leading role. The film was titled as Maareesan, with G. V. Prakash Kumar and Kathir signed on as composer and cinematographer respectively, while the team revealed filming would start in late 2011.
Genelia D'Souza and Hansika Motwani were confirmed to play the leading female roles in the film, while Vadivelu was also reported to be a part of the cast. However, in October 2011, UTV Motion Pictures left the project citing the escalating budget and Aascar Films replaced them as producers.
Chimbu Deven restarted preliminary work on the fantasy film and narrated the script to Vijay, who expressed interest in being a part of the project. Subsequently, the project found producers in PT Selvakumar, Vijay's press relations officer, and Shibu of Thameen Films, who have previously distributed several of Vijay's films across Kerala. The two producers came together to form a new production house SKT Films and announced that production would begin after the completion of Vijay's work in AR Murugadoss's Kaththi (2014).
The team began filming on 10 November 2014 at the Adityaram Studios on the East Coast Road, Chennai, where a song featuring Vijay and Hansika Motwani was shot in a set replicating a castle put up by art director, Muthuraj. The team then set up base in Pannaiyapuram for a forty five day stint, with hundreds of extras and technicians gathered from neighbouring states.