Puli (2010 film)

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Directed by S. J. Surya
Produced by Navodaya Appachan
Singanamala Ramesh
Written by S. J. Surya
Starring Pawan Kalyan
Nikeesha Patel
Manoj Bajpayee
Charan Raj
Shriya Saran
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Binod Pradhan
Distributed by
Release date
  • 10 September 2010 (2010-09-10)
Running time
163 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget 40 crore (US$5.9 million)[2]
Box office 13 crore (US$1.9 million)[2]

Puli (English: Tiger) is a 2010 Telugu action film written and directed by S. J. Surya, starring Pawan Kalyan in the lead role, with Nikeesha Patel, Manoj Bajpayee, Charan Raj, Nassar, Jyothi Krishna, Bhrahmaji, Ali and Girish Karnad in supporting roles and Shriya Saran appearing in an item number.[3] The film features a soundtrack by A. R. Rahman and cinematography by Binod Pradhan. It was produced by famous Malayalam film producer Navodaya Appachan and Singanamala Ramesh on a 400 million budget[2] and was distributed Geetha Arts. The film was released on 10 September. The film was originally titled Komaram Puli but was renamed as Puli on the second day of release, following objections by Komaram Sony Rao, grandson of the tribal legend Komaram Bheem, from whose name the title of the movie was taken.[4][5] Its Nizam rights were sold to Geetha Arts for 20 crore (US$3.0 million) which is a record sum.[6] The film was dubbed into Hindi under the title Jaanbaaz Khiladi.



Development and casting[edit]

Puli was director S. J. Suryaah's dream project.[7] Initially he planned to make the movie with Akshay Kumar in Hindi[citation needed] and later with Vijay in Tamil[7] and he sent bound scripts to both superstars. But both the projects did not happen. The storyline was also discussed with Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi.[8] Later, after the confirmation from pawan kalyan, it was finalised to make in Telugu with Pawan Kalyan . Hansika Motwani was originally signed to play the heroine[9] but was replaced by Nikeesha Patel, who made her acting debut in this film.[10] The film was sent to the censor board on 4 September and received an A certificate.[11]


The movie was shot in various parts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, as well as in Malaysia, Singapore, Bangkok and Dubai.[12] The filming was almost completed by May 2010, but the songs were shot from 18 May onwards only.[13] Pawan kalyan's acting fee for this film was 10 crore (US$1.5 million).Puli was made with a budget of 40 crore (US$5.9 million) from which 35 crore (US$5.2 million) is production costs.


The movie was originally titled "Komaram Puli". "Komaram" was taken from the surname of the Gond martyr Komaram Bheem, who fought against the erstwhile Asaf Jahi dynasty for the liberation of Hyderabad State.[14] However, following the objections by Komaram Sony Rao, grandson of Komaram Bheem, and also by a section of Telangana Joint Action Committee activists who called for a boycott of the film, the movie was renamed with title "Puli" on the second day of its release.[4][5] The soundtrack album is titled "Komaram Puli".

Release and reception[edit]

The film was released worldwide with 950 prints in 1250 theatres,[15][16] a record of sorts for a Telugu film. The film's release faced a minor roadblock in the form of its title.[17][dead link] The film critic from NDTV warned the audience by saying "watch the film at your own risk. It's a big-budget film with a solid casting. It has got some extraordinarily directed action scenes."[18] The background score by A. R. Rahman and camerawork by Binod Pradhan were appreciated and many critics rated them as the highlight of the movie. It was thought to be a failure at the box office.

Its Nizam rights were sold to Geetha Arts for 12 crore (US$1.8 million) which is a record sum.[6]

Puli ticket rates price was sold for 75 (US$1.10) in its first week[19]

The makers of the film re-edited it due to very poor reviews and re-released the shortened version on 15 September 2010.[2] The final outcome however was disappointing. The film was declared as a flop at the box office.


Main article: Puli (soundtrack)

The film features a soundtrack consisting of 6 songs composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics penned by Chandrabose. The highly anticipated soundtrack album was released on 11 July 2010 by Sony Music.[20] The release rights of the album was purchased by Sony Music for 20 million.[21] The audio was launched by K Rosaiah, Rahman and his mother Kareema Begum in a function held at H.I.C.C Novotel, Hyderabad.[20][22] The function was attended by K Rosaiah, S. J. Suryaah, Allu Aravind, Pawan Kalyan, Nikeesha Patel, Shriya Saran, A. R. Rahman, Chandrabose, Anand Sai, Singanamala Ramesh, S. R. Murthy and many others.[23] The soundtrack got overwhelming response and became a hot seller. The audio sales reached a total of 300,000 of CDs in the first three days, which is an all-time record in Telugu film history.[24]

The picturisation of the songs was also noted. Two songs were choreographed by Bollywood choreographer Ahmed Khan. The songs he choreographed were "Power Star" (Pawan Kalyan's introduction song) and "Dochey" (an item number featuring Shriya Saran). The songs were filmed in two schedules at Annapurna Studios beginning from 18 May.[13] Of the six songs written for the film, four songs were directly included in the film while the remaining two served as background songs.[12] Lyricist Chandrabose collaborated with Rahman for the second time through this film. He took almost three months to write the song "Amma Thale", while all it took to write the song "Maaralente" was 90 minutes.[12] A. R. Rahman's original score also received critical praise. Rahman collaborated with artists from three European countries to re-record the background score.[12]

Pre-release business[edit]

Puli (2010) Pre-release business[25]
Territories and ancillary revenues Price
Satellite rights with a TV channel 6 crore (US$890,000)
Overseas & home video rights 2.5 crore (US$370,000)
Music rights (Sony Music label) 2 crore (US$300,000)
Domestic distribution rights (A.P.) for Geetha Arts 30 crore (US$4.5 million)
Nizam rights for Geetha Arts 12 crore (US$1.8 million)
Total 40 crore (US$5.9 million)
  • The figures don't include the Print and Advertising (P&A) costs.

Pre-release revenues[edit]

Puli had a pre-release revenues up to 40 crore (US$5.9 million). Puli music rights were sold for 2 crore (US$300,000). Its satellite rights were sold for 6 crore (US$890,000). Its domestic distribution rights were sold for 30 crore (US$4.5 million) while its overseas rights were sold for 2 crore (US$300,000). Its Nizam rights were sold to Geetha Arts for 12 crore (US$1.8 million) which is a record sum.[6] Kommaram Puli domestic distribution rights were sold for 30 crore (US$4.5 million) which is a record sum to Geetha Arts.[26]


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