2 out of 5 (Okay)
Urumi has something special to offer but doubtfully may fail to inspire all type of audience.
Haricharan Pudipeddi Mon, 22 Aug 2011
Urumi is a story which took place long ago, during the time when explorer Vasco Da Gama explored Calicut, the kingdom ruled by Zamorins of Calicut.
Vasco Da Gama in an effort to rob Calicut off its most valuable possession, perfume; lands himself in trouble. A kotwal (Arya) becomes an obstruction in his path and stops him from doing misdeeds and soon gets killed in his hands.
Kelu, son of the Kotwal sets out to avenge the killer of his father. Thus makes a sword of gold collected from the families of all those killed by Vasco Da Gama. He chalks the perfect plan, puts together all resources to execute the foreign explorer. Does Kelu succeed in killing Vasco Da Gama forms the rest of the story?
Urumi was a runaway hit in down south, especially in Kerala and partially in Tamil Nadu, as audience here got an opportunity to see some of their own stars in a different role. But, I doubt its reception in Tollywood due to the absence of native touch. Native films inspire the natives more than anybody, but hoping to see it run to packed houses in non-native places means that the film should be blessed with something spectacular. Unfortunately, Urumi fails to provide anything beyond average.
The film can be lauded for ingeminating a story we all seem to have forgotten with time. But, who will today sit and enjoy a story that talks only about history but nothing else. The director's effort to show the world that Kerala also has its share of stories worth talking about seem to have only worked in some parts of the country but not everywhere.
Performances by Prithvi Raj and Arya were breathtaking. Not only did they do justice to their roles but went an extra mile to show that they had it in them to pull off something spectacular. One part where the movie failed was the numbers of characters. Yes, the film was populated with too many characters thus deviating from its main plot. Though these characters had their share of brief commendable performance, one might still feel they were all over the place.
Nobody else could've captured Kerala as fascinatingly as Santhosh Sivan. The director captured every detail that the state can boast of and presented it in the most attractive style possible. Writer, Shankar Ramakrishnan deserves special credit for his research and the way he handled historical facts. Had only the director made the narration of the film little gripping the film would've received better reception all over.
Urumi came, may stay for a while and will eventually fade away. It is not one of those films that will be remembered forever irrespective of its grandeur style.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
2 out of 5 (Okay)