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Monday, February 8, 2010

Yugapurushan


Medium : Malayalam
Starring : 'Thalaivaasal' Vijay, Mammootty, Kalabhavan Mani, Saikumar, Navya Nair

Director : R.Sukumaran

Music : Mohan Sitara


Director R.Sukumaran had given only two films ('Paadamudra' & 'Raajasilpi') in the last 23-24years. But we can't forget his first film with Mohanlal, 'Paadamudra'. It was notable for its unusual theme and presentation accompanied by an excellent performance by the lead actor, who comes in dual roles. Now his latest film 'Yugaprurshan' is based on the life history of the notable social reformer and saint, Sree Narayana Guru. It is produced A.V.Anoop (Medimix), who gave films like 'Paleri Manikyam', 'Novel', Pranayakalam' etc. One of the senior most technician in the field, Ramachandra Babu handles the camera.

First, it was heard that Mammootty will be coming in the title role in the movie, later it was changed and after a vast search for the apt faces by the director, the tamil actor, 'Thalaivasal' Vijay gets the golden opportunity to do the main role. Mammootty did the small role of a person who is supporting the principles of Guru. Mohanlal, who has agreed to do the role of Swami Vivekananda is also not seen as the character itself is coming through dialogues only in the movie.

'Yugapurushan' starts by telling the poverty existed among the fisher men families, where Guru urges them to choose the right job with which they can meet their livelihood. Then, he acted against the system of un-touchability existed in the society those days. It is shown through a story in which the upper caste girl (Navya Nair) marrying a lower caste boy (Kalabhavan Mani). The temple entry proclamation was another achievement where Vaikom Satyagraha is an example. He also advices the people not to take and sell liquor, which is shown through a sub-story where Jagathi and Kalpana did the main characters. The different temples started by the Guru in various parts of the state, the establishment of various educational institutions and the formation of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripana Yogam etc also comes in between. In the end, though Guru leaves to Ceylon, as per request from his disciples he came back and when people began quarreling in the name of God, he asks them to worship the mirror where they can see their own reflection and tells them that God exists in each one's mind.

The main attraction of 'Yugapurushan' is 'Thalaivaasal' Vijay, who did the title role. He has not acted, rather he lives in the role of Guru here. His make up has got an exact resemblance with the historical character. Also the characterization of different eminent personalities that were associated with the life of Sree Narayan Guru needs special mention. The role of poet Kumaranaasan by Saji Vakkanad, Ayyankail by Babu Antony, Sahodaran Ayyappan by Jishnu, Dr. Palpu by Siddiq and various other artists who comes in the role of Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Chattambi Swwamikal, Mannath Padmanabhan has been presented in the best way it can. Make-up man Pattanam Rashid needs good applause for his work in the film. Art director Krishnankutty and costumer S.B.Satheesan have also done their best. Ramachandra Babu did a calm job behind the lenses. Mohan Sitara's bg score is also good. Mafia Sasi had given many natural fighting scenes.

The film gives a documentary feel in some areas; as the theme of the film demands such a thing we can't complaint. It is a fact that 'One Religion, One Caste, One God for Mankind' was the only principle of Guru that is known to most of us. After watching the film, we will get a clear idea of many of his ideologies and social reformation happened in the society where the great saint played a major role in the first half of the last century. Though the presentation of the film is ordinary only, the writer - director R.Sukumaran had tried to portray the main character in the best way it can.


'Yugapurushan' is a film which is very relevant in the current period. Don't watch it as an entertainer, if you are really interested in knowing what all things happened in the history those days, you should watch it.



Rating : 7.5 / 10


1 comment:

PRAVEEN M.KUMAR said...

thank u for r report abt the film