Paayum Puli Tamil Movie Review
Paayum Puli is a good example of how Suseenthiran is an effective effortless film-maker in weaving emotional undercurrents even in a very ordinary story. Taking a leaf from real life events, Suseenthiran has managed to produce a cop actioner which is a reasonably good attempt, but the narrative technique he has mastered in the film is quite disappointing.
A spate of murders by an anonymous gang in Madurai provokes the police department to conduct an undercover operation headed by Manikandan (Anandraj). Harish Uthaman, who plays a cop and an integral part in the encounter of gangsters, assassinates the brother of the gang leader. The very next day, Harish Uthaman gets killed by the gang leader. In comes ACP Jayaseelan (Vishal), who commands a covert operation and gets rid of all the strong-armers in the Madurai city. But little did Jayaseelan know that the real murderer behind the crimes is far from reachable. The revelation forms the interval twist, which would be a little surprising if you are not a keen-eyed viewer. How Jayaseelan finds the real leader behind the heinous crimes is what makes the second half.
The storming surprise of the film is Selvam, played by an astute and serene Samuthirakani who sails through the role with commendable ease. Selvam as Jayaseelan's brother is etched beautifully and the familial undertones are sculpted superbly by Suseenthiran.
But the story-telling is quite savorless. Though Suseenthiran has managed to kindle the right emotions, it becomes too late before we realize that the film draws close to the third act. The first half is replete with cliched sub-plots to gratify the 'C' center audiences - a needless love track, a boring comedy track with Soori, who passes muster. It is only post interval; the film manages to kick-off. Albeit not as emotionally gripping as Pandinaadu, the Vishal-Suseenthiran duo's previous successful outing, Paayum Puli is a watchable action thriller filled with some poignant sequences, mostly in the second half.
Velraj's cinematography appears too nifty on screen; the climax sequence and the encounter portion in the pre-climax portion are the standout scenes in the film. He squeezes the twilight shots in the film quite brilliantly.
Paayum Puli is neither a bang-up emotional drama nor a middling cop thriller. It lies somewhere in between. But, it's definitely worth giving a watch for the assortment of emotions Suseenthiran packs in the last one hour of the runtime.