Pulimurugan is the Mohanlal starring action thriller, directed by Vysakh. The movie is scripted by Udayakrishna of Sibi K Thomas-Udayakrishna duo. Pulimurugan is produced by Tomichan Mulakupadam, for Mulakupadam Films.
Murugan is a commoner who hails from a village close to the forest. Like most of the villagers, Murugan supports his family by cutting bamboos from the forest. His family consists of his wife, daughter, and younger brother.
The village is constantly attacked by wild animals, to the much dismay of the villagers. Being a hunter, Murugan has developed his own methods to fight against the wild animals. How an unexpected situation forces him to use his skills and hunt down the beast, forms the crux of the story.
Read about the cast and crew members and the performances, here....
Mohanlal As Murugan
Mohanlal who essays the titular character, Murugan, is just fantabulous in his role. It is hard to believe that a 56-year-old is capable of doing such difficult stunt sequences with the same ease of plucking a flower. Take a bow, Mohanlal!
Vysakh, the director has managed to bring out the best from his lead actor and has featured the stunt sequences in an excellent way. But, the forced comical sequences, messy subplots, and unwanted characters could have been avoided.
The script by Udaykrishna is loose, predictable, and falls into a slow pace at certain points. The writer has included several supporting characters and subplots without a purpose. There are a few off-color humour sequences which look forced.
Kamalinee Mukherjee, who appears as Murugan's wife Myna, has nothing much to do in her badly written role. She miserably fails to impress with her screen presence.
Lal, who appears as Murugan's uncle cum best buddy, has played his character to near perfection. The actor deserves a special mention for his catchy one-liners.
Jagapati Babu, the popular Telugu actor makes a decent Malayalam debut as the antagonist of the movie. But the dubbing voice seems a bit out of place, which badly affects the strength of the character.
The Rest Of The Star Cast
Actors like Siddique, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Kishore, Bala, Sethulakshmi, MR Gopakumar, etc., have neatly played their respective parts. Makarand Deshpande and Namitha have been totally wasted in their unimportant roles. Vinu Mohan, who essays Murugan's brother, is just okay in his role and needs to brush-up his skills.
Cinematography: Shaji Kumar
Shaji Kumar, who handles the cinematography, scores with the spectacular visualisation. The cinematographer has featured the beauty of forest in its full glory and created the perfect backdrop for the brilliant action sequences.
Stunt Choreography: Peter Hein
Here comes the star of the movie. Without Peter Hein, Pulimurugan would have turned out to be a strictly average action flick. The highest paid stunt choreographer of Indian cinema has made his Malayalam debut, by presenting the best action sequences Mollywood has ever seen.
Music: Gopi Sundar
Gopi Sundar's songs are just okay and easily forgettable. But, the musician has made a mark with his extraordinary background score, which creates the perfect mood for the flick.
Other Technical Aspects
Johnkutty's editing is just okay, as the movie is filled with several irrelevant scenes and characters. Joseph Nellikkal, the art director deserves a special mention, for creating the most suitable ambience for the movie which depicts the life of the forest and people who live there. The VFX of the movie is not up to the mark.
Mohanlal once again proves that age is just a number, with the spectacular performance in the movie. Pulimurugan is surely a perfect treat for the action movie lovers and Mohanlal fans. But as a film, it has its own flaws, which will disappoint the movie lovers.
The movie which has the best-ever action sequences in the history of Mollywood. Watch it for Mohanlal's one man show...!!!!