Cast- Mohanlal, Jagapathi Babu, Kamalini Mukherjee
Music- Gopi Sunder
Cinematography- Shaji Kumar
Producer- Tomichan Mulakuppadam
Banner- Mulakuppadam Films
Release Date- 2nd Feb 2016
Mohanlal has garnered enough craze and stardom even in Telugu industry, thanks to two hit films this year, Janatha Garage and Manamantha. Manyam Puli, the dubbed version of the Malayalam film Pulimurugan, starring Mohanlal in the lead role released today amidst good expectations. The film Pulimurugan did exteremely well and found its way into 100 crore club films in Malayalam. The action packed film of Mohanlal is expected to be a treat to his fans and read along to see if the Telugu version could gather enough appreciation and craze among the audience.
Manyam Puli is an action packed man versus wild film. Narasimha (Mohanlal) is willing to sacrifice anything to protect his people who gave shelter to him and his orphaned brother when they were little. He has an animosity towards the big cat because his father was killed by one. When he grows up, he is kind of a savior and legend to his people and is constantly on the look out to take vengeance with the man eating tigers and his illegal bamboo selling activities makes the forest officials to look out for him. How he achieves this goal of protecting the village from tigers forms the crux of the story. There are clashes between him and tigers, with officials, and even with his short tempered wife and even with the villains of the story.
The soul of the film is Mohanlal and he has portrayed his character with such conviction and plays the perfect one to fight the beast. His action packed sequences are the main highlight of the film. He could hold his gaze so well in front of the beast and looked equally good alongside it. Kamlini Mukherjee played the role of Mohanlal’s wife and looked befitting in the role of a villager. Jagapathi Babu plays a key role and is an important addition to the film. The rest of the supporting cast played their part well in making the overall film a success.
Manyam Puli has a strong story line and although Man versus Wild plot line has been beaten over the years, this film is a different attempt and made it look intriguing in every scene. Director Vysakh must be applauded for the brilliant presentation of the film. Peter Hein’s action choreography is the highlight for the film. Manyam Puli, that is based hugely on the action sequences, the stunts and fights involving the beast is rather a tricky one to handlt but Peter Hein did it really well. Background music was perfect for this action packed thriller. Cinematography and editing seemed decent. Visual effects are another asset.
Rold Gold (-)
On the whole, Mohanlal ended the year with another impressive film. Although it might cater more to his fans than normal audience, anyone would have a good time watching the film. The tiger fight sequence will leave you wnting for more.
Goldscreen Rating- 2.75/5
Well Executed Man Versus Wild Concept!