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  • Biryani that's only sporadically tasty


    Desimartini | Updated - June 06, 2014 10:41 AM IST
    3.2DM (383 ratings)

    Verdict - Ulavacharu Biryani sparkles intermittently. It never chances upon double entendres to hold fort but loses zing quite early to be engaging.

    Ulavacharu Biriyani (Un Samayal Arayil)Watch trailerRelease date : June 06, 2014

    Food-love, as convincing and fresh as it may sound gets a not so fitting visual companion in the form of Ulavacharu Biryani where it serves as a messenger to bring souls together. The lead pair, Prakash Raj and Sneha are accidental friends, thanks to a wrong number that introduces them in the most of unconventional manners whereas the younger couple Tejus and Samyuktha Hornad use the confusion surrounding the entire episode meet at a coffee shop.

    An official remake of the Malayalam movie, Salt and Pepper coming from a production house that plays within the wafer-thin border between subtle humour and silliness continues the same with this outing, designed to be a true-to-life interpretation where there's nothing much that's cinematic or slapstick. There's a certain flow with the narrative which drives the story just like a Dhoni and the maker in Prakash Raj sticks to what he wants to portray, food connecting souls.

    The film gets to the best of starts when a child in a class explicitly portrays that we live for our tummies. With the Kailash Kher introductory song in the background, the camera zooms into mouth-watering dishes and urges one to see the lighter side of life, where you are told it is just a wonderful opportunity to savour good food. The cinematography is delightful making artistic use of the total motif. The initial parts showcase relishing food as an equivalent blush-worthy moment such as of a boy meeting a girl in a supposed Gautham Menon film. The passion to stay true to the theme catches you by surprise, at least in its commencement.

    Not much details are revealed in the lives of these four people. They are just to paint the film with some diversity. Prakash Raj as Kalidas, an archeologist is just known to be an uncompromising individual in his arena. He is mostly on-field with his Aakasamantha companion Aishwaya. Extremely idealistic, he is shown to be a humanist and a loyalist when he talks about giving back to the Adivasi's after their initial help in his researches. He is not at all half-hearted in what he does. Ditto to Sneha as Gowri though the field undergoes a change. She is very mature and confident of herself. Both aren't married for long and in spite of their supposed cover-up's, that affects them on an inner level.

    The first half has an uncanny momentum to the exercise. The hopes of something as fulfilling as his previous home productions ensue. However, the slip towards mediocrity is disappointing later. The freshness is compromised upon and a coincidental structure is in place to get you towards a predictable ending. Ulavacharu Biryani wouldn't have been half effective if it didn't have Ilayaraja's score and a terrific cast on board to deliver delicate emotions.

    If you feel Prakash Raj's larger-than-life expertise is too much the part can digest, Sneha fits into the shoes of her portion like none. She's the pick of the film considering her comeback. The wait to watch her back on screen is totally worthy. It has been long since you got to see someone who boasts of such an effective on-screen presence. Samyuktha Hornad and Tejus are good at what they are expected of, to infuse some youthful energy to a film that could have been threateningly serious. MS Narayana, Brahmaji and Oorvashi have small roles and they do justice.

    Ulavacharu Biryani stands only half-tall to what it promises early. Besides deviations to the story that's discomforting, the film only sparkles intermittently. It never chances upon commercial or vulgar entendres to hold fort.Prakash Raj as a director is someone to look out for when he has stories that are light-hearted and have its heart in the right place.This may not exactly be that.

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