Director – cinematographer Santosh Sivan’s Urumi is a welcome change from the run-of-the-mill commercial stuffs. A historical drama set in 14th century, it speaks about Portugese sailor Vasco-da-Gama’s visit to India and a youth’s dardevil act to take revenge on him. In a nutshell, Urumi is about the warrior clans of Kerala and their battle against the greedy sailor.
Doing a period drama is no easy task. It has to have everything in place. Santosh Sivan has done extensive research and gets all his act right in the film, which surely strikes a chord with the masses. The dubbed version of Malayalam hit Urumi, has crisp dialogues by Sasikumar.
The movie boasts of a huge star cast that includes Parthviraj, Prabhu deva, Genelia, Nithya Menon, Tabu, Vidya Balan among others. Santosh SIvan has managed to extract the best from all. The movie has romance, valor, deceit, lust, friendship and revenge et all. With Prithviraj and Prabhu deva at the sceheme of things, he has managed to paint an engrossing picture.
Urumi is about a valourous youth Kelu Rayanar (Prithviraj), who wants to take revenge on Vasco-da-Gama for killing his father Sedurayyan (Aarya). He is helped in the process by his good friend Vavvali (Prabhu deva). Joins their mission Aracckal Ayesha (Genelia). The drama begins when the trio sets out for a battle with the Portugese.
As Kelu Rayannar, Prithviraj is at his best. His stunt sequences, pouring out right emotions and romantic interludes with Genelia add pep to the proceedings. His well-toned physique and serious looks helps him come with a convincing performance. Otherwise known for her chirpy roles, Genelia sheds the tag to play a warrior prince.
Nithya Menon as Chirakkal Bala does a pretty good job. Aarya waslk away with honopur doing a splendid cameo while the likes of Vidya Balan and Tabu appear in a blink-and-a-miss role. But the real scene-stealer is Prabhu deva. Thanks to his comical timing, he manages to leave an impression.
Music by Deepak Dev is good and the background score especially for the wear sequences hold our attention.
Urumi is entertaining and educative too. All credit to Santosh Sivan for a convincing fare.