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Times of India
Kelu (Prithviraj) wants to avenge his father's death. His father is murdered by the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. His personal fight transforms into a war against the Portuguese conquest of India.
This film is a befitting example of how important is language is in cinema. Without undermining the sheer power of the visual medium, one can safely say that in 2016, Santosh Sivan's Malayalam hit from 2011 - Urumi - doesn't work. The primary reason is that the film's Hindi dubbing is laughable. It runs down the power of this revenge saga.
The plot transports us back in time to the 15th century. The movie's historical referencing appears to be skewed. Certainly the creative liberties have been stretched too far, but the performances make up for it.
Genelia D'souza and Nithya Menen are both fantastic. Prithviraj is first-rate. His anguish is evident in his intense eyes. Only if his dialogues did justice to his fine depiction of the character. He is menacing and blood-thirsty but the Hindi words are rather inadequate to sum up his feelings well enough. The biggest spoilsport in the film is indeed its dubbing. Even Prabhudheva's spunky repeartee is lost in translation. Clearly, the crisp Malayalam dialogues haven't found worthy counterparts in its Hindi release.
In terms of action, way back in 2011, Urumi was a trendsetter. But with the likes of Bahubali redefining visual extravaganza in the last year, Ek Yodha Shoorveer doesn't display enough mindblowing stunts. Ever since SS Rajamouli has introduced us to that pathbreaking scene of a headless torso collapsing, it would take something magnanimous to get us raving. The action in this film is good but we've definitely seen better!
Essentially, Ek Yodha Shoorveer is a simple story about unsung heroes who have got lost in the pages of our history books. However, the staggering runtime and disastrous dialogues makes this one difficult to stomach. It could have been a masterpiece, but five later, the film feels dated. Watchable but never half as engaging as the original.