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Urumi is quite not sharp! I'd say the cinematography is what bought
Urumi the 5 votes i give it,that too with shots shamelessly stolen from
Mel Gibsons'Apocalypto & DI(digital intermediate)from 300 and a few
others(even that going overboard),Urumi proves to be nothing more than
a hyped flick.With a promising thread as it may sound,the movie slogs
due to major flaws in the script.The climax quite missed a WOW and the
stunts weren't all that great.The styling factor was quite impressive
though. Prithviraj i found to be a pumped up stale-face doll keyed to
walk around with Prabhu Deva who heavily overdoes the
comedy.However,Amol Gupte,Jagathy Sreekumar,Nithya Menon have performed
very well,and off-course not to forget "Princess Ayesha" stunningly
performed by Genelia,proving herself to be an underused artist in the
industry. The tracks by Deepak Dev are thoroughly enjoyable.Especially
the one with Nithya Menon and Prabhu Deva.The Art was quite neat.
The movie as a whole was a good initiative and is totally tolerable as to a lot of recent movies in Malayalam.but if you are one o those pessimistic perfectionists' who uphold the 'NOTHING IS ENGINEERED PERFECT'theory would you have issues with Urumi.
After this millennium began, we have seen a downward journey of Malayalam cinema. But occasionally, like the usage 'once in a blue moon', we did get to see some one-of-a-kind movies in Malayalam though. URUMI is one such. Spectacular movie. A sublime piece of film making. A movie worth watching. A cult classic. Everyone is just perfect. To me, Genelia is the true master-blaster in URUMI. Surprisingly, Prithviraj too has delivered such a wonderful performance. The King and his Nephew are two characters worth cherishing in this film, for their great comical acts. Nothing to say about Santhosh Sivan and Jagathy. Top notch. Superb script. Haunting music. In fact everything is just too good about this movie. My verdict, 10/10. Go and watch URUMI my dear Malayalam film fans......
Urumi is a n excellent example of directorial excellence meets
mesmerising performances and technical perfection.Director-Cameraman
Santhosh Sivan has created a clear masterpiece of visual extravaganza
with artistic beauty.
Performances::Pritvi is outstanding in the movie with clear mannerisms and body language of Kelu Nair and has done his best performance till date.PrabhuDeva does his malayalam debut mesmerisingly,with a witty,light role.Genelia shows her excellence in acting by giving what her role wants in the best possible way.Other actors like Nithya Menon and Jagathy are casted in perfectly apt roles.
Some +ves::1)The script by Shankar Ramakrishnan is commentable and the dialogues are excellently written.2)Excellent music and choreography.3)Beautiful costume designing by Eka Lakhani,which requires a special mention.4)Commentable direction skills showed by Santosh Sivan.
Some -ves::1)A lagging start.2)Some amateurish characters,like that of Vidya Balan.
Verdict::Urumi is a hearty fantasy movie enriched with artistic and technical brilliance,for all the good movie lovers. My Rating::8.5/10
Movie: Ek Yodha Shoorveer (U)
Rating : 4.5/5
I love watching films from South India and never mind the language barrier. I feel true cinema requires no language to be watched, understood, and felt. I would happily say that this Prithviraj Sukumaran starrer film EK YODHA SHOORVEER, is truly that film. A dubbed version of the Malayalam superhit film URUMI, which released in 2011 to positive responses, is a true entertainer as well as important history lesson for everyone.
Since the release of BAAHUBALI THE BEGINNING and it's huge success in Hindi language, various south Indian films like Puli and Rudhramadevi too were released in Hindi last year. But sadly these films couldn't make much impact at the Hindi Box Office. But I can confidently say that from the way it's made, EK YODHA SHOORVEER has all the ingredients to make it a blockbuster : superb action, high quality visuals, power packed screenplay and performances with emotion, and of course, a wonderful filmmaking.
Prithviraj rocks in his role. This is his first as well as the first Malayalam movie I have seen. He is terrific in every single frame. Prabhu Dheva, who's his partner in the film, plays his part extremely well. Especially in the climax, his performance will make viewers break down with tears. Genelia does her part well. Same for Nithya Menen, she acts well and has a good role to essay. Every other actor does very well.
The war episodes are tremendously excellent: this is not a fantasy film, though. It's a historical action drama that narrates a good tale of that time in India, 16th century, I think so far. The action scenes are also amazing. The bloodshed during the war is presented as a historic poetry and not as a sequence glorifying gore. The film stands very high in all the technical aspects. The editing too is very crisp.
Songs were just fine, trimming a few wouldn't have hindered the fun. But, this isn't a big issue in such a great film. The story and screenplay of the film are both well written, well paced, and we'll executed. Prabhu Dheva also entertains in his comic timing and good chemistry with Nithya Menen. Besides, Prithviraj performs so well that one could hardly complain at all. The film has so good elements that one couldn't be disappointed.
Overall, EK YODHA SHOORVEER is one of the finest Malayalam movie to come in Hindi. Although I can't say much about its box office prospects, but I am sure that the film is likely to win audience attention. Besides, we mustn't forget that BAAHUBALI too gained attention and box office success slowly and slowly. So, will this YODHA emerge victorious? Well, I think, yes.
Ek Yodha Shoorveer Review: Hi friends, In this exciting post, i am
going to publish review of India's greatest adventure epic film Ek
Yodha Shoorveer. Today, i have watched this film at Zee preview
theater, Fun Republic. After press release, i entered in theater along
with guest audiences and started to enjoy film. After watching this
movie, i will have to say that Ek Yodha Shoorveer is one of the
greatest film of Indian cinema. Plot of the film is from 16th century
when the Portuguese sailors under Vasco d Gama (Robin Pratt) discovered
India captured some lands of South India.
We should appreciate director Santosh Sivan for making this historical film in great way. He is also cinematographer of this film. Acting of Prithviraj, Genelia Dsouza and Prabhudeva are superb. Every characters are looking real. Genelia looks too pretty and showcased extra ordinary act. Acting of Amole Gupte in the role of Chirakkal Thampuran will attract audience and make laugh for some moment. Vidya Balan is looking gorgeous and hot in the role of Teacher Bhumi and Makkom receptively.
We should also appreciate the creative art direction team. They decorate every frame according to screenplay. Screenplay should be more better, but neglect it because No one can give 100%. You will love songs and item number of this film. At last i will say that don't miss Ek Yodha Shoorveer and go to your nearest theater.
By Arun K Singh
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I like the film very much, though it has many weaknesses. I do not like
the contemporary framework story, because it feels very contrived. The
Europeans felt not very convincing, especially the actor playing Vasco
da Gama should have been better. Both Vasco and his son Estavio looked
not very Portuguese, but at least the Estavio actor's performance was
convincing for me. The Portuguese costumes of Vasco were sometimes
jarringly colourful, looked like dyed in modern colours. All in all the
film's message is far stronger than in Sivans "Before the Rains" but
the film's quality is not as good. It feels like a rough diamond.
The Indian actors' performances were satisfying for me. I liked Prithviraj as Kelu and Prabhu Deva as his sidekick. Genela D'Souza was acting-wise not as convincing a warrior princess as Kareena Kapoor in "Asoka (2001)", but she had more martial arts performances, which made her more important for the story.
I call it an Indian martial arts film, because the fights use the Kalaripayattu martial arts of South India, which often has a dancelike appearance. The film is named after the whip-like sword urumi, an extremely dangerous weapon taught to only the most skillful Kalaripayattu students in the last stages of their education. The use of the urumi in this film thus denotes the expert warrior.
Though the film itself is not as good as "Asoka", there are probably more fight scenes in this film. The fights were a bit less convincing than in "Asoka", but I think the productions costs were lower, at least the film looked quite a bit cheaper than "Asoka".
Anyhow, the story (mix of historical events and fiction in Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar's story), especially the finale (Kelu's fight in Calicut), the soundtrack music, the well built-in dance-songs, all worked well for me.
The most important assets of the film, however, were again (as usual in Santosh Sivan films) the cinematography, how space is used by the actors, and the poetry of the pictures. These features remind me much of Terrence Malick films. In contrast to Malick films I deem the stories of Sivan films better developed and more appealing.
Santhosh Sivan has created magic again - superb making, excellent
indigenous Indian script, awesome locations, and world-class camera
actions (hats off to Santhosh Sivan again!!) To me this movie is really
of international standards. While watching this, I felt all the same as
I felt for Gladiator or Braveheart. I hope Santhosh Sivan will bag his
sixth National Awards for Urumi.
Prithviraj gave a very brave performance; lack of his voice modulation (as stated by another reviewer here) rather correctly depicts the sternness of his character rather than being a turn down. I am a little bit disappointed with Prabhu Deva overall, though he has excelled in some sequences. And I fell in love with Genelia this time - this is thus far her best performance and she has outshone in this movie - watch it to believe it.
Overall, I enjoyed almost each and every frame of this movie and I recommend it highly.
Indians grow up and watch something way better than the regular Bollywood superhero masala movies.
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Does watching both the original Malayalam as well as the dubbed Hindi
version (Shoorveer: Ek Yodha) of Santosh Sivan's film, Urumi, make me a
better judge of the film? Because by a freak coincidence I got to see
both the versions. I saw the original Malayalam version on DVD; and,
just a week later, the dubbed Hindi version was released at the local
cinema hall. I saw both versions and couldn't stop marvelling at how
different the Hindi dubbed version is from the original Malayalam
version. First, the "Vadakku Vadakku" song, the very first one in the
film, featuring Prithviraj and Prabhudeva, has been deleted from the
Hindi version. That is OK, doesn't make much difference (except that
one is not exactly made aware of the circumstances of Prithviraj's and
Prabhudeva's characters, Krishna and Ali, respectively, in the present
day). But even the dubbing is such that it seems that the Hindi version
just tries to pander to as many people as possible. I am not familiar
with the history of Vasco da Gama in Kerala, but I am sure it is not a
pleasant one. A history of colonisation can never be a pleasant one
and, on that very account, I can trust only the original Malayalam
version of Urumi because it says that when Vasco da Gama first landed
in the Malabar coast, he called the local men "pretentious" and the
local women "ugly". And I can believe that. When you come with the
intention of colonising other people, you, obviously, do not have any
love for those people. Otherwise why would you colonise them? In the
dubbed Hindi version, the "pretentious" and "ugly" become "intelligent"
and "beautiful", i.e., the Hindi dubbed version of Urumi tells us that
when Vasco da Gama first reached the Malabar coast, he called the local
men "intelligent" and the local women "beautiful". Seriously, why this
deliberate losing the plot in translation? Who were the Hindi
distributors and those responsible for the Hindi dubbed version trying
to please by portraying Vasco da Gama in a pleasant light and, in the
process, losing the reason why characters like Chirakkal Kothuwal
(Arya), Kelu (Prithviraj), Ali (Prabhudeva), Ayesha (Genelia), and the
king (Amole Gupte) and princess (Nithya Menon) of Chirakkal actually
went to war against the Portuguese and their friends in the Malabar?
Urumi was released in 2011, the Hindi version is already five years
late. Those who had to see Urumi, whether in India or abroad -
including Portugal - must have already seen it in original Malayalam.
They know what Urumi is about and who/what Urumi is against, so why the
pretence now of pleasing everyone? Or is it plain indifference on the
part of the people connected with the Hindi version to cash in on the
presence of Bollywood stars, Tabu and Vidya Balan, in the film because,
despite having mere cameos (Balan's is a proper cameo and she shines in
it➖Tabu's is just a two-minute appearance in a song), Tabu and Balan
have been given prominent spaces in the posters of the Hindi version?
As far as the film goes, I found Urumi far more tolerable than the last two Santosh Sivan films I saw, both historicals: the Shah Rukh Khan-Juhi Chawla co-production, Asoka (SRK has been thanked in the film's credits, the second person after Mani Ratnam); and the Merchant-Ivory production, Before The Rains. Both were stunningly shot, but both dragged like something. I know that Santosh Sivan is an internationally renowned cinematographer, the first Indian cinematographer to be inducted into the American School of Cinematography, but being a world-class cinematographer is different from being a film director. As a world-class cinematographer, Sivan has given Urumi his signature look. But, after having seen Sivan's signature look in several films now - Asoka, Before The Rains, Raavan (Mani Ratnam is the first person to be thanked in the film's credits) - and the done-to-death monsoon scenes in Kerala, Urumi, though stunning to look at, did not really invoke any new feeling in me. Yet, I appreciated that Sivan has taken a populist approach in Urumi. It is plain to see that Urumi is targeted, first, at regular cinema-goers, and then at festivals. Genelia's action scenes are believable and better than Kareena Kapoor's action scenes in Asoka. Also, Urumi, I believe, has an anti-mining and anti-capitalism bent. The multinational Nirvana mining company in Urumi can very well be the Vedanta mining company of real life. I just wish real life were as easy to sort out and saying "no" to a multinational mining giant were as easy as shown in Urumi.
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An attempt to tell the story of Kerala tryst with the Portuguese
traveller Vasco-da-Gama, movie has excellent cinematography and good
production values. Locations in Maharashtra (caves) & lush green Kerala
lend beautiful backdrop when viewed thru Santosh Sivans lenses. Costume
design and set design are good. The performance is good by Amol Gupte,
Prithviraj and Genelia. Cameos by Tabu and Vidya Balan and background
score is pleasant surprise.
The length of the movie at 2:52min makes the story a drag. Flawed script, bad editing or Prabhu Devas hamming doesn't make it any more bearable. Santosh Sivan's indulgence is visible especially shot of Genelia and Prithvi looking at each other thru the water fall and shots at night in oil lamp flames. Cinematic liberties and deviation from history apart, lack of good action director is evident in rather boring fight sequences. There are a repeated shots of slitting throats. Featuring the actors in present world and historical recount seems to be highly inspired by Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra's Rang De Basanti.
Overall the movie fails on account if poor script and editing that suffers in an attempt to incorporate all the stylish shots from cinematographer - Director.
Well its one master camera-work film,that u seldom see in a mallu
movie. You may fall in luv with each frame in the film, they are so
beautifully taken! There was a nice storyline, and Santhosh Sivan was
again gud in bringing a bit of theatricality to his characters.
Prithviraj did his job very nice.He seemed to blend in with the
character more. Aarya made an impact. Prabhudeva was also cool, except
dat some of his tamil mixed malyalm didn't turn out well. The Girls
lukd stunningly awesome, and that was a superb casting! Genelia had
some serious problems with lip movements in dialogue delivery. The
foreigners were more authentic than in PazhassiRaja, they gave a decent
performance too.. Music blended with the film well,cheers to Deepak
Dev. The Minute sounds were an attraction done by the Sound Recorder.
Costumes were another speciality! The film seemed losing its pace at
some occasion, but recovered soon. And, the part where the past blends
with present leaves in our mind, something to think about. The last
Scene was the most touching one..
Overall, this Visual Feast is a must see by a Mallu! I'll give it a 8/10
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