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A Malayalam film that is also known as "Urumi: The Warriors Who Wanted to Kill Vasco Da Gama". The film is set in the 16th century, where warrior clans exist and thrive on northern Kerala on the Malabar Coast, India. It chronicles the life of Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar, son of the Kottuval (General) of Chirakkal. Kottuval of Chirakkal is killed on board the ship Miri by Vasco da Gama during the infamous massacre of the pilgrim ship in 1502. Almost twenty years after this incident, Vasco da Gama again arrives in India as the Viceroy and Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar, seeking revenge for the blood of his father, plans an uprising against the Portuguese in Malabar. The film also depicts the famous interview between the Zamorin of Calicut and Vasco da Gama in 1498.
: Fantasy / Historical
: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Alexx O'Nell, Robin Pratt,
, Genelia D'Souza
: Santosh Sivan
Watch this if you liked:
“Asoka” & “Madrasapattinam”
Ace cinematographer turned director Santosh Sivan's "Urumi" is a period film which was first released in Malayalam to now find its way to Tamil audiences in this dubbed version.
Krishna Das (Prithviraj) and Tarzan (Prabhu Deva) runs a music troupe in Goa. They are soon approached by corporate types to sell an ancestral property in Kerala which was leased out to a NGO by his late mother. While visiting the property, they are kidnapped by a tribal group led by Thangachan (Arya) who later explains about his ancestor Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar (Prithviraj), a martial arts expert who lived in 15th century fighting wrathfully to eliminate Vasco Da Gama and his people from invading India.
Prithviraj has developed his warrior body shape well to suit the role. His body language fits the character well. Prabhu Deva as his sidekick leaves less of an impression while lead lady Genelia and Nithya Menon who are used to play bubbly roles were transformed to completely different roles which were perfection. Guest appearances by Tabu & Vidya Balan are given limited screen time. Music by Deepak Dev comes out well synchronized against the setting of the film.
As usual the award winning cinematographer excelled in visual shots and camera work which is at top notch with lots of slow motion action sequences. Costume and art direction too plays an important task in executing the script flawlessly by displaying canons and pistols which were used during pre-British era. Some scenes remind you of director's earlier film "Asoka" which also revolves on period history.
Although it was difficult to understand some of the periodic Tamil language dialogues in some scenes, their body language manage to keep us glued to our seats without disturbing the flow. The second half drags a little with added song sequences, but still the visual elements overcome all these. On whole, the film is a good revisit to India's history on pre-British era with excellent technical creativity.
Cinema Online, 29 May 2012
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