Saturday, August 27, 2011

Urumi Telugu Movie Review by Bharatstuden | Rating: 3.25/5

Rating: 3.25/5
Banner: August Cinema
Cast: Genelia D'Souza, Prithviraj, Tabu, Prabhu Deva, Arya, Nithya Menon, Vidya Balan, Jagathy, Amol Gupte, Alex and Others
Music: Deepak Dev
Cinematographer: Anjali Shukla
Director: Santhosh Sivan
Producers: Prithviraj, Santosh Sivan, Shaji Natesan
Release Date: 19/08/2011


An interesting tale, the story begins on current day with Chirakkal Kelu Nayyar (prithvi) who gets a bumper offer to sell his ancestral land. As he gears up to go to Kerala to sign the documents, he gets to know about his ancestors. It is about this brave warrior (arya) who plots to kill the viceroy Vasco Da Gama but gets killed. This is taken over by his son Kelu Nayyar who is joined by his childhood Muslim friend Vavvali (prabhudeva) and Ayesha (Genelia) a princess who plans a revolt against the foreign invaders. Whether they succeed or not forms the rest of the story.


The director has come up with a thought provoking storyline and while the presentation was magnificent, the narrative was impressive. The dialogues were charged up, the script was factual and the screenplay was smooth. Background score was alright but songs were very good and specially picturized. Cinematography was top notch. Editing was crisp. Costumes were different and perfect while the art department was rich and appealing. Prithviraj has come up with a memorable performance and fits the role very well. Genelia looks matured and her action sequences were nice. Prabhu Deva brings few smiles and adds energy to the scenes. Nithya Menon was effective, Jagathy was regular, Amol Gupte makes his presence felt, Alex was apt. Cameos by Arya, Tabu and Vidya Balan adds more value.


The film runs on a historical event and is based on facts. The good thing is, despite its backdrop, everything looks sensible and not exaggerated. The technical and production values were highly valuable and being the costliest film ever made in Malayalam is justified. While the first half goes about with the layering of the plot, the second half deals with the energetic action sequences and exceptional performances. However, due to the focus on bringing it close to the truth, the pace of the movie goes slow. Overall, the film has enough material and though its genre is different, it has strong potential to score a hit.

Bharatstudent verdict: Visual delight, eye opening thought, watch it!!


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