Ever since Bahubali reigned the theaters, Puli is all set to come with its fantasy depiction having Tamil superstar Vijay for its title role. Also the fact that Sridevi will be appearing after 29 years since her first Tamil movie is also going to raise the number at the box-office.
Puli will be making its grand opening on October 1, a day before Prabhu Dheva’s Singh Is Bliing which might steal Akshay Kumar’s limelight. Producer Pahlaj Nihalani, who has bought the all-India distribution rights of Puli, is quite confident that it will appeal to audiences of every age. He says, “We are very confident about Puli. But, we are also confident that Singh Is Bliing would find a huge acceptance. Both are films targeted at kids and grownups. And it’s a long holiday weekend, long enough to accommodate two blockbusters.”
To this Prabhu Deva who is all meh about the unexpected competition for his sparkly bling says, “Vijay, the lead in Puli is a dear friend of mine. So, good, na? Both friends are coming together on the same weekend.”
Chinni Nihalani, son of Pahlajji is a professional promotional campaigner. Pahlajji’s son Chinni Nihalani, who is a professional promotional campaigner involved with some of the biggest blockbusters in recent times, sees a huge potential in Puli to break the linguistic barrier.
“We’ve dubbed the original Tamil film into Telugu and Hindi. But very honestly, I don’t think the spoken language matters in fantasy-spectacles like Bahubali and Puli. Audiences are looking at rather than listening to the drama. A film like Fast & Furious 6 worked in several Indian languages. Likewise, I feel Puli would click with audiences everywhere and of all ages,” says Chinni.
The Nihalanis are planning a widespread release in all three languages. Says Chinni, “It would be a bit unreasonable to expect Puli to repeat the success of Bahubali which was an once-in-a-lifetime experience. But, yes, there is more in Puli for children. Bahubali has almost 30 minutes of a war sequence. Puli is more in the fun mode, more Chandamamathan 300.”
The first trailer of Puli is out already and second one is in que. “It would have much more special effects than the first trailer. The VFX has been designed to attract both the young and the old. In fact the special effects took longer to do than we had expected.” promises Chinni.