Director Santhosh Sivan had released his much-hyped Malayalam movie Urumi in April, 2011 and it had witnessed overwhelming response at the ticket counters. More than a year after it, the same film has been released as Pathinaindham Nootrandu Uraivaal in Tamil with a few changes to suit the local viewers. It has some dragging moments, but its rich production values hold the attention of audience till the climax.
Pathinaindham Nootrandu Uraivaal is a historical fantasy movie, which is set in 15th century. Prithviraj and Genelia's performances are the main highlight of the film. Deepak Dev's music, Anal Arasu's action, Sivan's camera work, Shankar's dialogues, costume designing, make up, choreography are its other attractions. The slow paced narration is one big drawback of the film.
The film is set in the backdrop of the fierce warrior clans of Northern Kerala in the 15th century and focuses on the cult of Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar. It is all about a boy, who wants to avenge the death of his father, who has been killed by Vasco da Gama. Santhosh Sivan's dragging narration in both first and second half tests the patience of the viewers. The climax scenes seem to have taken from the epic film Pazhassi Raja.
The Movie starts with a short introduction to the history of Portugese exploration in the age of discovery to India referring to the landing of explorer Vasco da Gama on 20 May 1498, the kingdom ruled by Zamorins of Calicut. Then story starts with the present generation. Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar (Prithviraj) sets on a mission to kill Dom Vasco da Gama, the Viceroy of Portuguese Empire in India. But he faces a lot of odds on his way to reach his target.
He has to encounter many conflicts within the kinsmen, kings, ministers, peasants and Muslim warrior princess Ayesha (Genelia D'Souza) of the famed Arackal Sultanat. He has a forte, a legendary golden Urumi, which is made from the ornaments of women and children, who were burnt alive by Vasco da Gama. Kelu is supported by his childhood friend Vavvali (Prabhu Deva). How he creates his own army and starts movement against the first Colonial advance in India will form the crux of the film.
Santhosh Sivan should be applauded for his perfect casting and tapping out mind-blowing performance from each actor. Prithvi has delivered excellent acting and the audience cannot stop loving him. He looks awesome in emotional and action sequences. As Vavvali, Prabhu Deva has done justice to his role. As Ayesha, Genelia's sword fight (kalaripayattu) scenes are superb. Vidya Balan steals the heart of viewers with her item dance. Nithya Menon, Jagathy, Amol Gupte, Alex, Robin, Arya and Tabu have also done justice to their roles.
The technical team of Urumi has done a wonderful job. Firstly, it is Deepak Dev, who has composed a few excellent songs along with stunning background score. Locations, choreography and picturisation in all songs are wonderful. Action sequences composed by Anal Arasu are also one among the major highlights of the film. Shankar's dialogues, Ekta Lakhan's costume, Renjith's make up and Sreekar Prasad's editing are also commendable.
Overall, Pathinaindham Nootrandu Uraivaal is a great movie, which has excellent acting, awesome technical values. It is a must watch movie.
Producer: Shaji Natesan, Santhosh Sivan and Prithviraj
Director: Santhosh Sivan
Music: Deepak Dev