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Puli trailer: Vijay's new fantasy film doesn't look credible

If you were confused seeing blue eyes in the first trailer of Puli, get prepared to be baffled further. The 1.53-minute long second trailer starring Sridevi and Sudeep, apart from superstar Vijay, will surprise you no end.

regional movies Updated: Aug 23, 2015 01:04 IST
Nivedita Mishra
Nivedita Mishra
Hindustan Times
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Puli stars Vijay and Shruti Haasan as a romantic pair.

When was the last time you watched a fantasy coming out of Hollywood or cinema traditions from the West where you saw Caucasian men and women dressed in a dhoti or a sherwani? When did you see a black man wearing a Thawb (Arab clothing) and riding camels or women clad in Kimonos in stories set somewhere in remote Western locations? The closest one is likely to get is Nordic-looking Hollywood stars passing off as Greek and Romans (refer Brad Pitt as Achilles in Troy). But that's about it.

But if you are an Indian filmmaker, anything goes. We are referring to the second trailer of Vijay-starrer Puli that was launched late on August 19. The first trailer (released June 21, 2015) left us wondering how could Indians have blue eyes? In which era did Indians ride European-style wooden carriages? The latest one, 1.53 minute long, takes that argument further and continues to baffle us. The only bit that looks Indian is the crowd, the aam janata.

Watch Puli trailer here:

The trailer opens with the viewer being introduced to the antagonists, Sudeep, the evil king and, possibly, his evil queen or sister (can't quite figure that out), Sridevi. Needless to say, they both wear fancy gowns and cloaks. All along, we are given a glimpse of their palatial hill-top fort (Columned corridors in India?) and their collective reign of terror. Their guards too sport Western-style armour and clothing.

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Sudeep as the evil monarch.

Of course, there's a savior around - Vijay as Puli (Tiger in Tamil). After much fighting and dancing with pretty girls, the trailer ends on a note that the tiger has arrived.

A note of appreciation to the special effects team--the quality of the visuals and their detailing is outstanding, just that it hardly looks Indian. This is stylised nonsense. In relative contrast was SS Rajamouli's Baahubali that was firmly rooted in its Indic ethos, look and feel.

Sridevi in a still from Puli trailer.

Soldiers dressed in Western-style armour.

Aam janata from a Puli trailer still.

First Published: Aug 20, 2015 13:47 IST