Puppy 2019 Movie Reviews & Ratings
Puppy – Nattu Dev who is well known in the short film circuit debuts as a director with ‘Puppy’ which was largely promoted as an adult comedy. But what awaits the viewers is a surprising message-driven movie that would connect well with its majorly targeted youth audience.
This week’s release, Puppy, also has a U/A certificate. Yet Nattu Dev has been told to censor words like “bit-tu” and “matter.” The English word “porn” is muted. Even the abbreviation “GST” does not escape sanctions. What blows my mind is that the certifying authority deemed “matter” as a completely fine word to use in Siva Manasula Sakthi (2009). It is incredible what effect the passage of time (10 years, in this case) can have on our sensibilities and intolerance quotient!
Puppy 2019 Movie Review
Prabhu (Varun) is a happy go lucky college senior who gets suspended for watching pornography in the classroom and seeks the help of a senior football aspirant Yogi Babu to get laid. The one soul that Prabhu truly loves is his female Labrador Puppy. After a series of bungles, Prabhu hits on the new tenant in his building Ramya (Samyukta Hegde) and gets her pregnant even as puppy also is in the family way. As Prabhu tries to abort the pregnancy a chain reaction ensues that leads to a climax when the boy comes of age sheds his selfishness and becomes a man.
Varun is aptly cast as the single child who has enough innocence in him to be likable and shows the confused state of a man in his early twenties perfectly. His comedy timing is a big plus and his interactions with his mother and father without any sugar-coating helps in establishing the boy next door image.
The director has extracted long flowing dialogues from Varun in many sequences which he has done without a glitch though it becomes a tad taxing on the viewer. Samyukta Hegde after her brief but impressive performance in ‘Comali’ is the lead heroine here who has done full justice to the role of the young foodie Ramya who falls all too easily to the house owner boy. Her best scene is when she takes a decision on her pregnancy.
Yogi Babu’s comedy has dwindled in recent films but here it works well and he also has his own character arc as a deprived football aspirant who gets his day on the turf. Seniors Marimuthu and Nithya as the boy’s parents are noticeable in the supporting cast while Mottai Rajendran also puts in a cameo.
What works best in ‘Puppy’ is the youthful energy that resonates throughout the screenplay and the connection the characters make with the audiences. The scene in which Varun tries to make out with Samyuktha without knowing that his father is in the house is hilarious and so is the one when Varun forces Yogi Babu to fake a heart attack.
The adult jokes occupy only a quarter of the film and after that, the director cleverly maneuvers the screenplay to convey his strong message. The plot device of equating the pregnancy of the dog puppy with that of the heroine is touching and the change of heart of the hero at the end is also quite convincing.
On the downside, the female lead is written as a passive character and there are not enough scenes to show how the pregnancy affects her in comparison to that of the hero’s. Some scenes are unnecessarily long with Varun shouting at the top of the voice which make the viewer squirm. There is an uneven feel in the flow of the screenplay with more than a few rough edges to it and the heroine’s decision in the climax to leave the city seems forced.
THE ZOYA FACTOR MOVIE REVIEW
‘Puppy’ is a great comeback for music director Dharankumar who has provided a rich background score, foot-tapping fast songs, and lilting melodies. The food anthem “Soththu Moottai” is not only zesty to listen to but is also picturized imaginatively.
Deepak Kumar Padhy’s cinematography is right up there along with Richie’s editing to make the film flow freely and pleasantly. Vels Films International is poised for a hattrick and credit to them that they promoted the film in such a way that their target tickets are assured. Morattu Single Nattu Dev is not only a promising filmmaker but an intelligent one too who knows how to keep his audience hooked and deliver a good message to the youth in the process.
Puppy 2019 Movie Story Based On
As the title goes, the film revolves around a dog’s (Puppy) sincere love towards its owner, Prabhu (Varun), a final year college student, who is unsure of what he wants in life. As a sexually-starved person, the only thing that keeps bothering him is the strong urge to lose his virginity. He seeks his senior’s (Yogi Babu) advice for the same and ends up making goof-ups.
However, lady luck smiles at him in the form of Ramya (Samyuktha Hegde), who becomes a tenant in his house. They fall in love with each other and their sexual curiosity lands them in trouble. Both of them get the shock of their lives after getting to know that they are going to become parents, after which they start blaming each other. Meanwhile, Puppy suffers health issues which become a concern for Prabhu and Ramya. A decent climax follows which connects the emotions of Puppy, Prabhu, and Ramya making it a happy ending.
Puppy 2019 Movie Cast & Crew
Positive Points Of The Movie
- Varun as the lead has delivered a good performance to his role.
- Ramya’s characterization might look a little bland, but Samyuktha has used the meaty role well and delivers a convincing performance as a semi-conservative girl from Madurai.
- The music of Dharan Kumar with various iconic voices of Yuvan, Anirudh and GVM is refreshing and gels well with the situations in the film.
Negative Points Of The Movie
- The pet dog ‘Puppy’ of Prabhu is seen from the start of the film, but why it is used as the title is only justified towards the climax of the film.
- The tension and the emotional weights are in the final phase, where ‘Puppy’ is taken to the hospital due to an emergency situation.
- The strong bond between Prabhu and Puppy could have been conveyed with more moments.
Puppy 2019 Movie Final Verdict
Despite a predictable storyline, Puppy engages decently with humor and swift screenplay.