Director: Chimbu Devan
Cast: Vijay as Marudheeran and Pulivendhan (dual role), Sridevi as Yavanarani, Prabhu as Vembunathan, Sudeep as Thalapathy Jalatharangan, Shruti Haasan as Pavazhamalli, Hansika Motwani as Princess Mathangini, and Nandita Swetha as Pushpa.
Marudheeraan is the adopted son of a tribal village chief Vembunathan. From a young age, he notices the atrocities regularly committed on the villagers by a group of people from the neighboring kingdom of Vedhalapuram called the Vedhalams, who have supernatural powers. When he becomes an adult, he starts to protect the villagers from the Vedhalams, because of which he is well respected by the villagers.
Marudheeran falls in love with his childhood sweetheart Pavazhamalli and both soon decide to marry. One day, Pavazhamalli is kidnapped by a group of Vedhalams, who then ransack the village and also kill Vembunathan. Marudheeran, along with his close friends Kodangi and Sama, begins a journey to Vedhalapuram to rescue Pavazhamalli. During the journey, Marudheeran rescues Manthagini, the princess of Vedhalapuram, from a panther.
This is noticed by Jalatharangan, the Commander-in-Chief of Vedhalapuram. On the pretext of being medicine makers, Marudheeran, Kodangi, and Sama enter the Vedhalapuram palace, where they meet Yavanarani, the cruel Queen of Vedhalapuram who is also a sorceress. From then on, his plans for the search for his wife and go back home start. And what is the role of Yavanarani and Jalatharangan in his fate form the crux of the story.
Puli which was released in the frenzy of post-Baahubali failed to attract the audience. Despite praise for the performance of the lead actors and the effects, the screenplay is criticised for being too routine and too convoluted. The movie remains as the final film in Tamil for the late actress Sridevi.