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Komaram Puli is an upcoming Indian film. Puli is directed by S.J. Surya who previously directed Khushi with Pawan Kalyan which was a blockbuster. Komaram is taken from the surname of the Gond martyr Komaram Bheem who fought against the erstwhile Asaf Jahi dynasty for the liberation of Hyderabad State. The music for the film is composed by A.R. Rahman. The film is produced by Singanamala Ramesh. Pawan Kalyan will be acting as a cop in this film. Pawan Kalyan has gone through a makeover to suit himself to the role of powerful cop with a moustache and military cut.[1]

Hansika, who was supposed to do the female lead, has opted out. The film is directed by S.J. Surya.[2] Nikisha Patel is playing the lead female role as superident of police in the movie[3] and actress Shriya Saran is doing a guest appearance in a song. The other prominent stars in the movie include Manoj Bajpai, Charan Raj, Nassar, Jyothi Krishna, Bhrahmaji, Ali, and Girish Karnad. It is believed that the project is worth Rs. 35 crore. Geetha Arts has bagged the distribution rights of the film for a whopping Rs. 65 cr. from Singanamala Ramesh. An item song has been picturised on Shriya Saran and Pawan Kalyan recently.


Puli is the dream project of S.J. Suriya. Initially, it was made for actor Vijay in Tamil but due to some problems with him in the story, the movie was then delayed by the director. Then later after the confirmation from Pawan Kalyan it was then again reviewed and finalised for the shoot. The background score is composed by AR Rahman. The film was shot at various locations in Chennai and Hyderabad. Aspire Systems, dilsukh nagar hyderabad, Siruseri Chennai is shown as PULI HeadQuarters.


Komaram Puli
Directed by S. J. Suryaah
Produced by

Singanamala Ramesh, Navodaya Appachan,

S. Satya Rama Murthy
Written by S. J. Suryaah
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Binod Pradhan
Editing by V. T. Vijayan
Distributed by
Release date(s) September 10, 2010 (2010-09-10)
Running time 163 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget  42 crore (US$9.45 million)[2]
Gross revenue  38 crore (US$8.55 million)[3][4] (two week)

Komaram Puli (Telugu: పులి), also released as Komaram Puli, is a 2010 Telugu action film written and directed by S. J. Suryaah, starring Pawan Kalyan in the lead role, Nikeesha Patel, Manoj Bajpai, Charan Raj, Nassar, Jyothi Krishna, Bhrahmaji, Ali and Girish Karnad in supporting roles and Shriya Saran appearing in an item number.[5] The film features a successful soundtrack by A. R. Rahman and cinematography by Binod Pradhan. It is produced by Navodaya Appachan and Singanamala Ramesh on 42 crore budget and was distributed Geetha Arts. The film was released on September 10. The film was earlier titled Komaram Puli but was renamed as "Puli" on the second day of release, following the objections by Komaram Sony Rao, grandson of the tribal legend Komaram Bheem, from whose name, the title of the movie was taken from.[6][7] This film is inspired from the hollywood film The Untouchables[citation needed]





Development and casting

Puli is director S. J. Suryaah's dream project.[8] Initially he planned to make the movie with Akshay Kumar in Hindi[citation needed] and later with Vijay in Tamil[8] 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.[9] Later, after the confirmation from Mahesh, it was finalised to make in Telugu with Pawan Kalyan in the lead role as the director didn't receive any response from other superstars. Hansika Motwani was originally signed to play the heroine[10] but was replaced by Nikeesha Patel, who debuts with this film.[11] The film was sent to the censor board on September 4 and has received an A certificate.[12]


The movie has been shot at various parts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The filming was also held in Malaysia, Singapore, Bangkok and Dubai.[13] The filming was almost completed on May itself, but the songs were shot from May 18 onwards only.[14]


The movie was earlier 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.[15] 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.[6][7] The soundtrack album is titled "Komaram Puli" itself.

Release and reception

The film was released worldwide with 600 prints in 1000 theatres[16][17], a record of sorts for a Telugu film. The film's release faced a minor roadblock in the form of its title.[18]

Despite poor reviews,[19] the film collected  7 crore (US$1.58 million) on the first day of its release in Andhra Pradesh, an all-time record in history of Telugu cinema.[20] The film critic from NDTV warned the audience by saying "watch the film at your own risk. Don't expect too much, even though the big-budget film has a solid casting. Just laugh at the poorly directed action scenes."[21] The background score by A. R. Rahman and camera works by Binod Pradhan were appreciated and many critics rated them as the highlight of the movie.[22] Despite poor reviews, the film collected  15 crore (US$3.38 million) in Andhra Pradesh and became second only to Magadheera (2009) in terms of the first week collections.[3][4]

The makers of the film re-edited it due to very poor reviews and re-released the shortened version on 15th September, 2010.[23]


The film features a successful 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.[24] The release rights of the album was purchased by Sony Music for 2 crores.[25] The audio was launched by K Rosaiah, Rahman and his mother Kareema Begum in a function held at H.I.C.C Novotel, Hyderabad.[26][24] 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.[27] The soundtrack got overwhelming positive reviews and has become a hot seller during recent days. The audio sales reached a total of 7.6 lakhs of CDs in the first three days, which is an all time record in Telugu film history.[28]

The picturisation of the songs were also noted. Two songs were choreographed by famous bollywood choreographer Ahmed Khan.[29] The songs choreograhed by him were "Power Star", the introduction song of Pawan Kalyan and "Dochey", the item number featuring Shriya Saran.[29] The songs were filmed in two schedules at Annapurna Studios beginning from May 18.[14] Out of the six songs, four songs were directly included while the remaining two were background songs.[13] Lyricist Chandrabose collaborated with Rahman for the first 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 30 minutes.[13] The original score, composed by Rahman the oscar winner also won critical appreciations. He has collaborated with artists from three European countries for re-recording the background score.[13]


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  2. ^ Komaram Puli Movie Budget 42 Crores. 
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  4. ^ a b "'Magadheera' in first place and 'Puli' in second!". Andhravilas. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
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  14. ^ a b "Komaram Puli: Songs to be shot from May 18". Cineroundup. 
  15. ^ "Pawan Kalyan also gets Mahesh Babu's title problems". NewsofAP. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
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  17. ^ "Komaram Puli to release in 1000 Theatres". Cinehour. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  18. ^ "'Puli' delayed by 24 hours in US". Cinehour. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  19. ^ "‘Komaram Puli’ Review: Horrible And Miserable". GreatAndhra. 
  20. ^ "Komaram Puli has collected Rs. 7 crores in Andhra Pradesh". TheBollywoodActress. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  21. ^ "Review of Telugu Film, Komaram Puli". NDTV. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  22. ^ "TeluguOne-Cinema Editorial Review on Sep 10 2010". TeluguOne. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  23. ^ "'Puli' re-edited to do the damage control!". September 9, 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  24. ^ a b "Komaram Puli Audio Release". Supergoodmovies. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  25. ^ "Sony Music ‘Komaram Puli’ audio rights for 2 crores!". Chitramala. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  26. ^ "AR Rahman unveils Komaram Puli audio". One India. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  27. ^ "'Komaram Puli' Audio Released". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  28. ^ "Komaram Puli audio record". Chitramala. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  29. ^ a b "‘Puli’ Songs Choreographed Amazingly..". Telugucinemachance. 

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