Friday 27 May 2016
Vijay Kumar,Chandru, Jeyakanth ,Sivaperumal
We have seen several violent action sequences in Tamil cinema but all of them had cinematic treatment but debut director Vijay Kumar’s Uriyadi is raw and rustic without any routine clichés.
Four friends (Vijay Kumar,Chandru, Jeyakanth and Sivaperumal) have a great time in their college and for them, boozing and eating at a nearby dhaba are the maximum happiness. Life goes well until their brash behavior earns the wrath of the dhaba cashier and also the son of local alcohol distributor.
Meanwhile the dhaba owner (Mime Gopi) uses the undying enmity for his political advantage and sketches a plan to create caste war. The rest of the film is all about whether these four college going kids can stand against the wicked politicos or not.
The biggest strength of Uriyadi is the realistic approach, be it the college atmosphere or the politicians and their motives, everything happens in the backdrop of a small town, which is quite rare in Kollywood. We have village based films and city based films but registering the authentic lifestyle of people in small towns has never happened in Kollywood.
The first half of Uriyadi does not have any dull moment but post intermission, there are scenes diluting the pace of the film. But the director compensates everything with the riveting climax that the last twenty minutes will leave lump in your throat.
On the downside, the film is definitely not for faint hearted as it is difficult to digest the violence.
Performance wise, director Vijay Kumar has also played the lead in the film and he is quite convincing while his friends are just adequate. Mime Gopi has once again come up with a brilliant performance and Citizen Sivakumar has a surprise role.
Paul Livingstone’s cinematography is a big plus for the movie, while editing by Abhinav Sundar Nayak is razor sharp that the short running time is huge plus.
Overall, Uriyadi is well made revenge thriller by a young team and they have conveyed a relevant message on caste base politics with realistic treatment.
Uriyadi review: Verdict: Violent revenge thriller