|Urumi (Tamil) Movie Review|
Cinematographer turned director Santosh Sivan's ambitious project 'Urumi' was released in Malayalam in 2011 and now the Tamil version of the film has been released today (25-05-12).
Urumi movie story :
The film may have a huge list of well established artistes as the part f its cast, but the story mainly revolves around the protagonist Prithviraj and Prabhu Deva who plays a key role in this film. The story showcases Prithviraj and Prabhu Deva as friends in the present age.
Nithya Menon, who works as an assistant for an NRI proses for a land deal according to which Prithviraj will sell the property to Nithya Menon's boss. While he is undecided on the property deal, Prithviraj and Prabhu Deva are kidnapped by a gang which is lead by Arya.
Arya, who heads a group of tribal people advices Prithviraj not to sell the property and starts narrating about his ancestors and now the story goes to the flashback mode.
During the visit of Vasco da Gama, Arya is picturized as a leader of a small group in India. The sailor (Vasco da Gama Arya) ambitiously tries to acquire the land (India) by beginning with a pepper business deal with the people. Arya who gets to know about Vasco da Gama's intentions tries to go against it in which he is killed.
Deserted by his father's death, Kelu (Prithviraj) gets the friendship of a guy called Vavvalu (Prabhu Deva) and gets raised by the mother of the latter. Once Kelu and Vavvalu happen to save Nithya Menon (a princess) from an attack through which they earn the goodwill of their king.
Impressed by the bravery and sincerity of the two, the King orders them to capture Vasco da Gama's son who is creating atrocity in the country. During the fight Kelu and Vavvalu happen to meet Ayesha, a rebel, (played by Genelia) who gets arrested by the King's men. Genelia faces trouble through Banu, the prince of the kingdom (also Nithya Menon's brother) as he decides to sell her as a prostitute in the market. Kelu steps in and saves Genelia.
After getting to know the cruelty done by Vasco da Gama to India, Kelu and Vavvalu plan to bring him back to India by torturing his son. For this both kidnap the Vasco da Gama's son. In the meanwhile, Banu (the prince), gets misguided by the words of the kingdom's chief adviser Chinna Sena (a transgender) and kills his father with a greed to occupy the throne.
After her father's death, Nithya Menon decides to leave along with Kelu and Vavvalu. Kelu and Vavvalu then decide to execute their plan of killing Vasco Da Gama and this forms the climax portions of the movie.
Santosh Sivan has excelled as a cinematographer than as a director. What to expect other than the best from a cinematographer who has won four national awards for his lens work in feature films.
Next to the cinematography, the technical departments that needs a special mention here is the editing and art direction. The art director has shown good detailing in the set properties, armor and clothes.
In the acting front Prabhu Deva, Prithviraj and Genelia have performed well. Nithya Menon, though not playing a pivotal role, has played her part to perfection.
Urumi Movie cast :
Prithviraj as Kelu
Prabhu Deva as Vavvalu
Genelia as Ayesha
Urumi Movie crew :
Director : Santosh Sivan
Music director : Deepak Dev
Cinematographer : Santosh Sivan
Editing : A Sreekar Prasad
Written by : Shankar Ramakrishnan
Producers : Prithviraj, Santosh Sivan, Shaji Natesan (Kalaipuli S Dhanu is presenting it in Tamil)