Friday, May 25, 2012

Urumi (Tamil) Review by : AK Content Team

Starring : Prithviraj, Prabhu Deva, Genelia, Nithya Menon, Jagathy Sreekumar, Arya, Tabu, Vidya Balan
Direction : Santosh Sivan
Music : Deepak Dev
Production : Prithviraj, Santosh Sivan, Shaji Natesan

Known for his scrupulously written and efficiently directed movies that appear only once in a few years, Santosh Sivan has carved a niche of exclusivity about his work as a director. Effectively, Urumi, a historical revenge drama, is nothing less exclusive than any of his previous products. Written by Shankar Ramakrishnan, and directed by Sivan who also handles the cinematography, Urumi is a tour de force, a wholesome package, vividly imagined and peppered with cinematic thrills to add up to the entertainment.

Urumi follows the life of Prithviraj and his friend Prabhudeva. After realizing that his ancestral property has the potential to fetch a bomb, Prithvi decides to sell it. But the going is not easy as he might want it to be. He is taken on a flashback ride back to the 16th century on how his ancestors fight the Portuguese and the British to protect the land.

Spread across the 16th century chronicling Vasco Da Gama’s second and third visit to India, Urumi depicts the fictional uprising premeditated by Chirakkal Kelu Naynar, the son of Kottuval who was killed by Gama who ordered the burning down of a ship with pilgrims two decades ago. Prithviraj plays Kelu, the warrior prince, who is in possession of a golden Urumi, created with the ornaments of dead people burnt in the ship: perfect weapon for perfect revenge. He intends to kill Gama and his son during their visit and is designing an uprising. With him are his friend Vawwali, played by Prabhu Deva and warrior princess of Arackal Ayesha, played by Genelia.

Prithviraj’s Kelu Naynar is enacted luminously by the actor who shows the different shades of anger and vengeance at the mere flash of an eye. Prithvi also shows that he can be mellow with emotions when he finds himself attracted to the beautiful princess in exile of Arackal, played by Genelia. While the fight scenes are telling of Prithvi’s abilities as a versatile performer, his dialogue delivery puts him at par with the best actors of South Indian cinema.

Genelia is pretty and tries to bring out the anger and vengeance by widening her eyes in wrath. She pulls it off most of the times but her body language and her physical stature do not support the cause; she’s rather slender to be playing a warrior princess. And the fact that she is petite mostly takes away the seriousness of the role. Nevertheless, it’s a good attempt by her.

Prabhu Deva as Vawwali is another discovery. He provides comic relief and also supports Prithvi in his time of need. His pairing with Nithya Menon and their initial romance scenes are good to send a tickle or two down your spine. Arya, Vidya Balan and Tabu’s cameos add value to the movie and the other actors Jagathy Sreekumar, Nithya Menon and Alexx ONell play their part to perfection.

Deepak Dev’s music, although suffered a little setback when it was blamed of plagiarism, flows with the movie. Songs are worth your time and the non-intrusive yet apt background score helps the movie’s flow greatly.

Santosh Sivan’s cinematography is worth a mention. The camera must have been dripping wet in rains as the movie captures rain in all its glory – be it in songs or in other scenes. Part of the movie’s watching pleasure is derived from the fact that Santosh’s camera is brilliant in its detailing – as much as it is with the costume design of the movie. Other aspects worth mentioning include Sasikumaran’s dialogues and Sreekar Prasad’s editing.

Urumi is not an exact replication of history but it is close. Adding imagination and blending it to the contemporary themes, the movie proves to be a fantasy tale of revenge drama set in the 16th century with some real good acting and spectacular visuals. Watch it for the writing and versatile performance by its lead actors.

Verdict: Must watch!


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