Uriyadi Malayalam Movie Review

Feature Film | U
A burglary takes place in a flat at the police quarters and finding the thieves becomes a matter of pride for the entire police force. Sounds riveting at a glance, this promising plot is marred by a sloppy script and lethargic approach.
Jan 18, 2020 By K. R. Rejeesh

The canvas of director A.J. Varghese has an interesting premise with the policemen's life becoming the centre of attraction. 'Uriyadi' speaks about their worries and anxieties before entering into the major conflict. 'Uriyadi' is scripted by Dinesh Damodar.

Set in the residential colony of police officers in the capital city, the best part of the film is devoted to establishing the life of police officers. Mathai Sunil (Baiju Santhosh), who is under suspension, is the chief architect of commotion in the quarters. His wife Shyni (Arya) is also a policewoman, and he makes the most of her absence in the house for drinking alcohol.

Panjavarnaksharan Pillai, played by Indrans, is the residents association president, who makes arrangements for Onam celebration. Amidst the Onam program, someone steals the jewelry for the marriage of the daughter of police officer Ravi Kumar (Siddique). His wife Kavitha (Lekshmi) and daughter Renuka (Manasa Radhakrishnan) become upset by the incident.

Meanwhile, another resident Subair (Sreejith Ravi) also loses his service pistol. Finding thieves becomes a matter of pride for the entire police force. So senior police officer Padmanabhan (Sreenivasan) puts forward a plan to save the face of the police.

The tale sounds riveting at a glance, but this promising plot is marred by a slipshod script and lethargic approach. 'Uriyadi' has some lame attempts to generate satire in vain. These sequences fall well short of generating an effect to aid the movie. Aju Varghese plays mic operator Ambili Kumar but the space for performance he gets is very minimal albeit he has an important part to play later. The unexpected songs and the absurd scenes between Renuka and her would-be Mridul (Sudhi Koppa) prove how puerile the script is! Adding to the silly nature of the narration is the portrayal of the character Subair when he loses the pistol. Humorous situations are not at its best, still Baiju could spread some vibes of it.

It's Sreenivasan's aura that saves the film to an extent. His presence buttresses the feel that the film has some effectiveness towards the end. It could have been a better creative endeavour had a little more responsibility been given to the writing exercise. Siddique is so natural in his performance and Premkumar as the Home Minister does a neat job.

K. R. Rejeesh