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Cochin Hanifa
Bineesh Kodiyeri
Manikuttan
Biju Menon ...
Major Rajesh
Siddique
Sukumari
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Earlier announced as Kargil and later re-named Kurukshetra

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Follows Keerthi Chakra (2006) See more »

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Oru Yathramozhiyode
Written by Girish Puthencherry
Composed by Siddharth Vipin
Performed by M.G. Sreekumar
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One of the best war films in Kerala
10 November 2008 | by (.) – See all my reviews

When dust settled in the battle ground where Distributors and Producers took sides, another battle ground up in the crown of India erupted with artillery fire, shells and mines. One man stood tall and commanded with the prowess of a seasoned leader, he spat fire, he inspired and he commanded respect. Who would believe that immortalizing Col.Mahadevan on screen is the same man who so effectively portrayed the helplessness of a poverty stridden Kathakali artist in a different screen? When he is christened Mohanlal, you do not have options to choose from.

Major Ravi's third directorial attempt and again based on a military background Kurukshetra leaves your blood boiling with patriotic spirit and heart throbbing for your motherland and a thousand salutes from the bottom of your heart to those brave jawans who laid down the life for us. Major is thoroughly at ease both in the role of a script writer and a director, and given that the movie is almost an autobiography for him one need not be surprised. Each frame of the movie is well crafted and planned and Major does surprise you in the professionalism and planning that he has brought to the forte of Malayalam cinema.

Kurukshetra earlier titled Kargil, is a honest recreation of India's victory on the shadow war forced on us by Pakisthan. Similar to his previous movies the director has taken care to bring in an emotional quotient from the view point of the service personal and he does strike a chord with the audience most of the times. If KeerthiChakra was about NSG commandos, Kurukshetra is different in the sense that it is an out and out war movie. The malayalee audiences are treated to a visual spectacle with the artillery firing, the bofors guns and the fighter aircrafts lighting up the screen.

The movie kicks off at a leisurely pace and slowly builds its tempo as the incidents unfold before you. Mohanlal, promoted to the rank of a Colonel makes a grand entry and from then on, Kurukshetra is a treat to your eyes. The grandeur of the war may thrill you as a cine goer, but Major makes it a point to convey to the public that at the end of a war there are no real winners.

Kurukshetra is shouldered by Mohanlal almost single handedly and the confidence the character oozes is brilliantly portrayed by the seasoned campaigner. Ably assisted by Siddique and Biju Menon, Lal puts in a gem of a performance and could bring any Indian to his feet and offer a salute to the uniform. The chemistry between the commander and his subordinates are convincingly portrayed by the Major and who will know it better than himself! Lokanathan cranks the camera for the movie and the beauty of Kargil and the intensity of the war and the brutality unfolds before you and makes you feel the virtual reality. Songs set by debutant Siddarth Vipin are impressive and are suitable placed, except for a jovial number, which could have been done away with. Crisp editing and well crafted special effects are the other highlights of the movie. If one needs to pick up on the negative shades of the movie casting of Suraj Venjaramood, Cochin Haneefa and Manikuttan would stand out.

In a nutshell, Major has done what he does best. Kurukshetra is a symbol of our love towards our motherland and a reminder to curb the divisive trends sprouting across the nations.


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