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The story develops during the 1987-88 period. It was a time when Mohanlal's 'Rajavinte Makan' and Mammootty's 'Athirathram' were such a rage among youth. Louis wishes to be like Vincent Gomas and Tharadas, the heroes in these movies.
Set in the pre-independent India, Aloshi returns from the war to his estranged family and childhood love, only to find his elder brothers taking the side of a ruthless business man to overthrow their father.
Ann Mariya, a jovial kid hires a goon, Gireesh due to an incident at school. Her kindness causes Gireesh to change his morals and they become great friends. Family problems and her desire to be no. 1 at long jump form the rest of the story.
The story of the film is based on thieves. A young man named Manoj joins with a theft guru Kelu Ashan, to learn the way of art. However, Kelu Ashan is old and retired so he introduces him to one of his students Benny (Chemban Vinod Jose) to be trained in the art of robbery. Benny trains him well. After Benny was caught, he meets Kelu Ashan again who teaches him the 'Science of Theft'. Manoj eventually gets caught. He is sent to jail, where he meets Benny. The pith of the story starts to unravel then. Manoj was actually in search of a thief, named Carlos who have murdered his parents when he was abroad. His intention to become a thief and to get in to jail, was with this objective. He finds the thief who have murdered his parents. He then hatches a plan and traps the thief and kills him viciously by slathering sugar solution all over his body and scattering ants. Later the young man starts an old age home and his co-thieves are shown living happily.Written by
A novel depiction of lives of professional thieves in Kerala, Urumbukal Urangarilla is a comedy drama that slowly turns into a thriller.
Sad-faced Manoj (Forrt) is looking for a job in the city and aspires to become a thief. A meek bystander introduces him to Benny (Jose), a clever and artful thief who has started a family based on his measly earnings. Benny takes Manoj under his tutelage and teaches him the basics of being a thief and where to look for the stash in modern homes. The first act is mainly about exploring these two characters and a family consisting of an aged couple.
As Manoj learns the laws of the trade, Benny finds out (before we do) that his intentions are totally different, and thus, the comedy turns into a tragedy, eventually ending up as a cold revenge drama.
I say novel because the writers' approach in terms of storytelling is fantastic. Apart from executing a non-linear screenplay, the writers successfully manage to maneuver the audience's attention to the significant parts. First the couple, then the thieves, and then again the couple. Cast do a very good job at portraying the characters which are flawed and idiosyncratic in their own way.
Coming to the disappointing factor: the transformation of a comedy drama about thieves into a revenge thriller. That is where the film went off for me personally because while I was enjoying the chronicle and inside story of how thieves think and work, I suddenly felt robbed by the protagonist (pun unintended) as he spurts out his real intention. But of course, the thriller act is entertaining.
BOTTOM LINE: Urumbukal Urangarilla is a good effort from an emerging director and can be enjoyed with your family, because it has both: the laughs and the thrills.
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES
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