Uriyadi is a caste based political thriller, directed and produced by debutant Vijay Kumar. Even before the movie's release, Vijay had requested the faint-hearted to stay away from cinema halls screening his debut feature film.
Was his statement a mere promotional gimmick? Or does
Uriyadi live up to its pre-release hype? Continue reading
our movie review to unlock the answers.
Uriyadi intertwines many incidents to form a common
consequence. Four engineering students, who often get themselves
drunk, which drives them straight into trouble, gain the enmity of
politicians and notorious business sharks for fun.
In a parallel narration, politicians, who are plotting to set up
their caste based political party by making students as scapegoats,
How these engineering students get themselves involved in the
foxlike idea of power hungry politicians forms the crux of the
Though most of the actors have made their debut through
Uriyadi, none of them look like they are featuring in
their first film. Vijay Kumar, who has played the lead, looks
convincing enough while pulling off various emotions and action
Mime Gopi, perhaps the only known face in the entire movie, adds
solidity in the casting department.
Since the movie is set in 1999, art director and costume
designer deserve a special mention, for making the movie look
Cinematography by Paul Livingstone is commendable, especially in
the blood-splattering action sequences. Though the film is loaded
with violence, it all looks feasible, providing an all-new
While the first half is engaging to the core, the beginning of
the second half is a tad slow. Climax however, makes up for the
slow beginning, which ensures the film ends on a high.
Background score by Masala Coffee (music band) is apt and
editing by Abhinav Sunder Nayak exhibits his cleverness. What
stands out throughout the film are its dialogues, which are bold
and relevant to today's caste based political system.
Uriyadi is one of the boldest attempts that exposes the
devious nature of politicians who use caste to their advantage. And
yes, this one is not for the faint-hearted.