Rajinikanth in his latest speech hailed Ilayathalapathy Vijay's Puli for its visual brilliance and even claimed that the film is on par with Hollywood standards. No the Superstar wasn't exaggerating, for Puli is a film to be experienced just for its visuals.
When I sat down in a theatre (with high resolution display), I couldn't believe I was watching a Tamil movie made just over a budget of 100 crore rupees. Such was the visual quality of this film; sleek, dazzling and awe-inspiring.
Yes, the film did not live up to its pre-release hype and expectations nor did it have a scintillating screenplay. But, Puli would've been a different film altogether had it not accumulated tons of hype and hoopla prior to its release.
In fact, the film might've attracted serious panegyrics for its neatly executed VFX and CG works. From minute graphics like the severed hand of Prabhu to the intimidating edifices of 'Vedhala Kotai' , Puli was a visual treat right from the word go.
Not to mention creatures like the black jaguar, the huge tortoise and the one-eyed monster. Honestly, I have not seen any other Indian movie possessing these type of fictional characters with such effectuality.
Perhaps, less expectations from Puli would've helped us realize the film's visual brilliance. But, in this case, it can be safely said that expectations did kill the cat.
Check out the slides below to realize the gravity of Puli's VFX:
Left And Right
The huge palace on the left and an entire village on the right was created using only computer graphics.
The detailing of the palace that has been generated using CG and VFX works was spellbinding.
The Detailing In Detail
Not only this particular palace, but many such edifices were created effectively in Puli, ensuring a visual treat.
The Inside Story
This picture shows how the queen's throne was created using computer graphics. These shots looked as real as it can get in the theatre.
A Closer Look
As you can see, just the basement of the palace was erected by the art directed.
All these shots looked amazingly spectacular for an Indian movie, let alone a Tamil flick. Surely, Puli is a film that can be hailed only for its visual brilliance.