I did say I would write about Pulimurugan, didn’t I?
Well, Pulimurugan is a Malayalam movie that released on October 7th, 2016. And yes, I saw it almost three months after it released.
Pulimurugan’s screenplay is by Udayakrishna. He was a part of the duo – Udayakrishna and Siby K. Thomas, who gave a lot of hits since the late 90’s. CID Moosa & Twenty20 were from their stable. So were Mayamohini and Mr.Marumakan. The later were gross, off-putting misogynistic movies! I expected nothing from this movie since their standard has obviously gone down. Pulimurugan has two female characters – one of Pulimurugan’s wife and another, a woman who is really sniffing around Pulimurugan. The wife, Kamalini Mukherjee, is shown as a shrew mostly and a bleating lamb otherwise. Namitha plays the other woman. And apart from strutting around showing off her voluptuous, glamorous self, there is nothing for her in the movie. I am also not a great fan of Lal – he was his usual loud and crass self.
Pulimurugan has a good cast. But actors like Siddique, Suraj Venjaramoodu, and Sudheer Karamana are really underutilised in this movie. What has Pulimurugan got going for it – VFX and SFX. That stuff is amazing. Mostly in Malayalam movies, we don’t get this standard or this amount of either. The stunt sequences, choreographed by Peter Hein, are amazing as well. And Shaji Kumar’s cinematography is in sync with all that. Put together, every time there is a tiger and Mohanlal or whenever there are men wanting a piece of Mohanlal, those scenes are captivating.
And Mohanlal!!! As a Mohanlal fan, what’s not to like about him. The movie’s plot is just meh… but as usual, Mohanlal lives his character. The way that 56-year-old Mohanlal gets away with those stunts is amazing. There are all those trained people coming at him and our very own roly-poly hero keeps up with them.(I have no clue how he remains this flexible and agile; he really should start a YouTube channel for all our sakes.)
Though the movie is a commercial success, there is not much that ‘moves’ you about it. When you watch a Mohanlal movie, you will feel emotional. There are no exceptions. Movies like Bharatham, His Highness Abdullah, Thanmatra, Vanaprastham, Manichitrathazhu, Kilukkam, Vandanam, Drishyam … I could go on. He is a great actor, no debate. But Pulimurugan is not in that league. You know Mohanlal has done his best, so have Siddique & Suraj, but as there wasn’t a commendable plot, their efforts are greatly wasted. Even Jagapati Babu, who plays the villain is not as menacing, as Mohanlal is at times, in the movie.
Go watch it if you are Mohanlal fan. I would also recommend it to anyone wanting to see a good action movie without too much gore.
I give it 3/5⭐