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Urumi – Movie Review

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Movie: Urumi ( ഉറുമി))

Year – 2011

Country of Origin: India

Languages: Malayalam (Mainly), Portuguese (Few Dialogues Only)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

Rating:

6.9/10IMDb

70%Rotten Tomatoes

My Review of Urumi Movie: 

The story and screenplay of the movie is really good. The camera work is excellent which we don’t often see in Malayalam movies. Almost all locations are Indian and look exotic. The music and songs are really touching with no electronic music being used. All the characters in the movie have performed their part to perfection and especially the way they have been used is worth seeing. Each character has its part to play in the movie and they have done it in style. We don’t see any one being over used or under used. Even the characters of “Vidya Balan and Tabu” which are cameo, also moves the movie forward. The title itself is very interesting “Urumi”. Urumi is actually a sword that is traditionally being used in Kerala (a state in the southernmost part of India) for centuries. Many people today don’t know about this sword but the movie has once again made it popular. The movie takes up a very complex issue that the “Vasco-da-gama” now a world-famed explorer was really an “explorer or something more than that”. It also focuses on the issue that how the global powers have been exploiting Indians and their resources since centuries. Earlier they did it with the power of “gun” now they are doing it in the disguise of “globalization” and “international trade”. Urumi also tells that it is not just because of foreigners we are suffering, but there are many traitors among us also like the character of “Chenicheri”. Our nation can’t progress until and unless we get rid of people like Chenicheri. The movie also shows how Indian culture is made up of brotherhood and friendship by portraying Hindus and Muslims fighting together for their motherland. In the end it can be said the movie is a fine one in all aspects.

My Favorite Characters of The Movie:

Prithviraj Sukumaran as Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar/Krishna Das: He has played his part to perfection and on many occasions you feel like as if he alone is carrying the film on his shoulders. His acting in both the parallel roles is equally good. In fighting and dancing scenes he has given a good competition to great Prabhu Deva in the movie.

Genelia D’Souza as Arakkal Aysha/Nominee of the Plot: She has acted brilliantly and done full justice to the character of “warrior princess”. We have seen a new “avatar” of Genelia in this movie which we are not accustomed of seeing. She is really looking great in all those fighting sequences and we must appreciate the fact that she has come out of her routine “bubbly girl” avatar in this movie.

All the other characters too have played their part well with Vidya Balan as Bhoomi doing a remarkable cameo in the movie. 

My Rating of Urumi Movie:

I have rated this movie 9/10 as I found the story and message in the movie wonderful. The way the story is cinematically presented is an experience in itself. The music and background score too throughout the movie is amazing and appeals to the senses. The locations for shooting are great to watch. 

My Verdict of the Movie:

If you believe there is more than Bollywood to “Indian Cinema” then must watch this one from Santosh Sivan. You won’t be disappointed…!

Welcome To Karachi – Movie Review

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Movie: Welcome To Karachi 

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: India

Language: Hindi & Urdu

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Rating:

4.5/10 – IMDb 

33%  – Rotten Tomatoes

Welcome To Karachi Review:

Before writing anything about the movie, I would love to emphasize the fact that it is a “Political Satire“. However, it may not be the best of “Political Satires” that we have seen till now. But, keeping in mind the films that have hit the screens this year so far, it is definitely one of the best till date. Now coming to the film, it can be said conspicuously that it is has a totally “illogical” story-line. But, as this is a comedy what else would you expect? The ending of Welcome To Karachi is really very “unsatisfying”. One would have been wondering actually what happened to “Shami and Kedar”? The visual effects of this movie are just “okay” there’s nothing to tell about it. The music is fine although not too great. The main “USP” of the movie is its cast. Be it Arshad Warsi, Jackky Bhagnani, Lauren Gottlieb, Adnan Shah, or Ayub Khoso. All the characters have played their role very well. Even, the small characters too have given awesome performance. Among the scenes that I like the most is the one that happened outside the Indian Consulate Office in Karachi. It may be an exaggerated scene with no reason and logic but, it conveys a very clear message in the form of “stupidity” that how today’s “International Relations” are going on. Every country is jealous of its rival and want to “eliminate” it. The move also sheds a light on “American” involvement on Pakistan’s land and how things are manipulated. The truth is not always what we see, it differs from person to person. I am happy to see that this movie doesn’t promote any “ultra nationalism” or “hatred”. The director has dealt well with a weak but, comic story-line. For me Arshad Warsi was the one who really carries the movie along on his shoulders. Arshad is well-known for his ‘comic” roles in Bollywood and once again he delivered it well in “Welcome To Karachi”.

My Rating of Welcome To Karachi:

I have rated the movie 9 out of 10 mainly because of its small but powerful punches of “dark political satire” and some awesome acting by the cast. With just over 2 hours this is a wonderful comedy film to relieve your mind of all the tensions you may have.

My Verdict of Welcome To Karachi:

If you like some “lighthearted” cinema that make no sense. But, gives you entertainment and lot’s of funny moments to laugh about then go for this. I bet you will not be disappointed. Just forget the “logic part” and enjoy the movie…! Anyways there’s very little logic in India and Pakistan relations!

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