Director: Jiju Asokan
Producer: T. B. Ragunathan
Production Co: kamalam films
Music Director: Gopi Sunder
Cast: Aju Varghese, Ananya, Vinay Forrt, Innocent, Chemban Vinod Jose, Kalabhavan Shajon, Neeraj Madhav, Sudheer Karamana, Sreejith Ravi, Sunil Sugatha, Musthafa, Thesni Khan, Janaki krishnan, Santhosh Kechatoor
The vibrant sparks of humour that are liberally sprinkled over ‘Urumbukal Urangarilla’ let the film shine through its slightly uneven narrative. Jiju Asokan invites us on onto a strange world where the moon replaces the sun, and where men like ants, never sleep.
Kelu Aashaan (Sreedhar Karamana) is a retired thief who has mastered the art to perfection, and who has quite an enviable assemblage of protegees. One of them is Benny (Vinod Jose), who on Aasaan’s insistence takes Manoj (Vinay Fort) under his wings, promising to mould a burglar with exemplary skills out of the youngster.
The film commences at a point much father off, where Babuttan (Aju Varghese) and Davis (Musthafa) have had it up to their necks with their business enterprise having sunk like the Titanic. While Babuttan has his eyes on Sheela (Ananya), Davis gets busy devising plans that would let them wriggle out of the quagmire.
A jerk of sorts occurs between these two narratives, that throws the viewers into confusion, and as Benny and Manoj take over the narrative from Babuttan and Davis, the latter characters are almost forgotten, until tThey make a re-entry in the second half of the film.
‘Urumbukal Urangarilla’ has an enormously charming first half, with plenty of laughter and mirth all around. Benny and his family that comprises of his wife (Thesni Khan) and kids, warms up to Manoj, and before long, he gets accepted as a confidante. It’s all smooth sailing until Benny lands in a trap and gets jailed.
The vivacious truths from ‘Chora Puranam’ that are laid bare before Manoj by Kelu Aasaan and Benny are downright hilarious. There is eyeful for the viewer, and the film keeps on punching above its weight.
There is a wide array of thieves that make their appearance in ‘Urumbukal Urangarilla’, and they range from the ruthless Carlos (Kalabhavan Shajon) to the psychotic Choodan Rajappan (Sreejith Ravi) who spends the hot days dunk in a water bucket. There is also a noteworthy scene where a frail thief (Vettukili Prakash) scurries away into the darkness of the night, with a baggage of scrap latched on to his back.
There is a bleak phase that immediately follows the interval, and it almost seems like the film has lost it, with the jail scenes not holding on to the exhilaration that was built up a little while ago. And then almost as suddenly, the film falls back into track, with a surprise twist in the structure of the narrative itself, and establishes without doubt that this is worth a watch.
Vinod Jose delivers a convincing performance as Benny, though it is Sudheer Karamana who is the true winner in ‘Urumbukal Urangarilla’. The actor delivers one of his best performances till date, and lets himself lose in portraying the thief past his prime. Vinay Fort is impressive as well, while Aju Varghese, Kalabhavan Shajon, Musthafa and Ananya lend apple support.
‘Urumbukal Urangarilla’ is original and creative, and comes across as an appealing cinematic disquisition on a population that apparently never sleeps. It’s a quirky , comic film that provides plenty of silly, and yet inventive fun.
2.5 out of 5 (Fairly Good)