Friday, June 1, 2012

Urumi: Pathinaindhaam Nootraandu Uraivaal - Movie Review

One of the most significant historical Indian events. The discovery of the subcontinent by Vasco Da Gama. Which laid firm shackles of iron, that would only loosen centuries later. A side of the traveller, your history books didnt want to deal with. The sparks for an independance movement, the pioneering patriotism of the few. Seen from atop a beautiful perch, God’s own country.

A bane about historical movies, is that they might either be epic-level long, or decisively short. Urumi falls under the second category. Good thing not much of the history was tampered for story’s sake. Then comes the screenplay. I must say it left me with a mixed feeling, because it was not evenly paced. Some events, like the rise of a hero to a superhero or the birth of the independance movement seemed hurried and less impactful. But what impresses mighty is the direction. Every character is perfectly researched, and doesn’t inch more than what it has be. Beautifully laced humour. And the very advantage of being a cinematography God; Every frame in this film can be singled out, and still you wouldnt mind staring at it for a couple of minutes. Visually, just striking!

The next biggest redeemer for this film comes in the form of refined performances. Right from the suavely heroic Prithviraj, to a very natural Prabhu Deva to a tough Arya to a very poignant Genelia to a sweet Nithya Menon. Especially Genelia, the woman turns out to be a complete revelation as Ayesha, the female warrior, which is a stark retort to every director who slowly shaped her into the stereotype of a bubbly girl. The portrayal of Vasco Da Gama and his son are equally endearing and convincing too.

The songs by Deepak Dev come as occasional dampeners. Though I kind of liked the semi-item number for Vidya Balan. Just about the way it is integrated into the script. The score, mostly seems to be inspired, and hence uninspiring for those who can revert it back to the source . Some fabulous stunt choreography, over there, that I’ll even forgive that Guy-Ritchie-Sherlock referenced scene where Prabhu Deva carefully plans and single-handedly brings Vasco’s son down to the ground, and all that Zack Synder’ized slo-mo wars. The cinematography just speaks volumes with the lush greens, and bright yellows. Production Design is just perfect. And surprisingly, the CG at places is seamless.

The Tamil dub is neat, doesnt hamper your movie experience in any way. Free of much distraction. A little more insight could have been done though, into the Tamil of the period. Sometimes, it just felt inauthentic.

Despite seeming longer than its actual run-time, there are flashes of brilliance and the hands of a daft master there. Especially the handling of the present scenes, a metaphysical representation of reincarnation, or be it the narration of Arya’s tale or many more. Santosh Sivan MUST make more movie a year. And just for this simple reason, I think Urumi deserves to be caught on the big screen.

One of the most spellbinding movies in recent times!
Rating : 8/10


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