“Uriyadi 2.”… A loud mix of political ideology and heroism, with flashes of brilliance

Posted on April 5, 2019


Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/uriyadi-2-movie-review-vijay-kumar-abbas-sudhakar-baradwaj-rangan/

Despite the number in the title, Uriyadi 2 is not exactly a sequel to the gritty,  sensationally effective earlier film, which was also written and directed by Vijay Kumar. Yes, there are similarities — for instance, the seething social anger, reflected in the well-timed use of Bharathiyar verses. (If Part 1 ended with Agni kunjondru kanden, this one comes to a close with Naan veezhven endru ninaithaayo…) Here, too, we get flash-forwards (though, unlike in the earlier film, they come across more as a stylistic choice than something crucial to the narrative) Once again, unscrupulous small-time politicians form parties based on caste and lust after more power. And there’s the occasional reminder of why the earlier film was so impressive. I especially liked the unfussy “introduction” of the heroine (Vismaya) in a scene where an astrologer predicts she will have a love marriage. The staging relegates the heroine to the background. The emphasis is on her father, who is not happy with this news.

The difference is that this time around, the protagonist, Lenin Vijay (again played by the director himself), is glamourised. The last time we saw him, he was a college student in the 1990s, and part of a group of friends. Now, he’s graduated — not just in terms of getting a job but also getting rid of his entourage. He still has friends, but the conflict eventually turns out to be his alone. From a boy who was sucked into violence only because he and his friends were constantly tormented by the local politician’s henchmen, he’s now a crusader. From team member, he’s grown into a leader. Some might even call him a vigilante. I missed the smallness, the tightness of Uriyadi — but I suppose the inflation is inevitable. A sequel — even one that is not exactly a sequel — has to keep upping the stakes.

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