Release Date: March 11, 2016
Cast: Prithviraj, Prabhudheva, Nithya Menen, Genelia D’Souza, Tabu, Vidya Balan
Director: Santosh Sivan
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes
With the phenomenal success of dubbed Hindi movies such as Baahubali in recent times, a lot many filmmakers have been seen scurrying to get their past works dubbed and released in Hindi language. Ek Yodha Shoorveer appears to be a direct product of that rising trend. The original version of the film was called ‘Urumi’, which was in Malayalam and released in 2011.
The movie is basically a period drama wherein the story captures the journey of Kelu (Prithviraj) who is on a mission to avenge his father’s death. His father was killed by Vasco da Gama, the famous Portuguese explorer. In his quest to avenge his father’s death, Kelu soon becomes a part of a much larger war that seeks to put an end to Portuguese conquest of India. The movie recounts the events that happened sometime in the 15th century and is a tribute to the unsung heroes who died fighting for their people and country, and whose identities and stories of great courage and valour were lost in the sands of time.
Everyone in the movie has done a great job including Genelia D’souza, Nithya Menen, Prithviraj and Prabhudheva. Talking about the action sequences, well, they are pretty good, but with the audience getting a taste of ‘awesomeness’ with movies like Baahubali, they appear to be lacking. The movie was originally released in 2011, so obviously it can’t be expected to stay ahead of the current mastery of filming action sequences. The most disturbing aspect of the movie is its dubbing, which appears to have been done with such uncaring attitude that it sounds funny at times. You see Prithviraj in various intense scenes, but the dialogues never seem to match up the emotions he is trying to convey. The lost in translation problem also applies to the witty one-liners by Prabhudheva.
Go for Ek Yodha Shoorveer if you have interest in history and if you like revisiting grand stories of the past. However, be ready for language goofs because they can dilute your thrill and excitement.