#URIYADI is a political thriller film written, directed, produced and performed by debutante Vijay Kumar. The film revolves around the lives of four engineering students and a caste based politician in the same locale. What happens when these students fall prey for the cunning tactics of the politician forms the crux of the story.
‘Uriyadi‘ is such a stunner, that we get to see once in a blue moon in our industry. What makes this film so superlative is its raw, honest and pragmatic approach all-through the film. Everything in the film is so believable starting right from the college and hostel atmosphere, the friends gang and their daily routine, the politician and his intentions, the chain of interconnected events, etc., Except ‘Mime’ Gopi and ‘Citizen’ Sivakumar, 95% of the casting are completely new faces; but, none of them looks as if they are facing the camera for the first ever time. Same goes with the technical team, who has done a marvellous job for its budget; Paul Livingstone‘s cinematography, Masala Coffee‘s music and Abhinav Sunder Nayak‘s editing deserves a mention!
The film has been made in a shoestring budget with very limited resources – the shoot began in the year 2013 and was long delayed due to various issues. The whole film has just 5 to 6 primary characters and a maximum of 3 to 4 locations such as the College, Hostel and the Highway Dhaba. The story happens in the late 1990s and the team had many challenges in bringing that time period on screen; with the available budget and supplies, they have done the best they can.
The bold and hard-hitting dialogues on caste and politics, humour that is woven into the script everywhere possible without any deviation at all, the unexpected twists and turns that will leave you seated restless until the end & the excellently choreographed stunt sequences – every other thing is taken care very well. The film has a very simple plot only, but what helps it from not becoming predictable is its style of narration. There are no commercial compromises anywhere that goes out of the script; but still, the director manages to entertain the audience for its whole running time.
Some people might complaint about the over usage of drug, alcohol & vomiting shots and the brutal violence in the film, but the fact is that the film needs all that it has – everything is well justified. All the four college students are not MAHATMAs, but just the regular college-going people with some society consciousness (they fight for a girl in the bus; they get into a quarrel when they see an untouchability issue in a hotel). These teenagers do not have anything good to do after their college hours; liquor and drugs are so easily available for them. What else can we expect them to do?
Filmmaker Nalan Kumarasamy must be appreciated for funding such an attempt. Director and Actor Vijay Kumar is not just a promising debutant, but also someone whom we can hope to become as one of the finest directors in the industry! ‘Uriyadi’ is yet another film that stands true to the saying ‘Small is Big‘; Media and people have the habit of ignoring such films just because they do not have big names, stars or technicians (the film’s pitiable publicity is also to be blamed – many people does not even know about its release). Supporting such attempts and making them win at the box office will gift our audiences many more films that are unadulterated like this very often!
Verdict: A bold, intriguing political thriller. Must Watch!
Review by: Rahman
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