Ugram Cast: Allari Naresh, Mirnaa, Shatru, Indraja
Music by Sri Charan Pakala
Cinematography by Siddharth J
Edited by Chota K. Prasad
Directed by Vijay Kanakamedala
Produced by Sahu Garapati, Harish Peddi
Ugram Rating: 2.75/5
Vijay Kanakamedala helped Allari Naresh to get rid of Allari after he became repetitive with comic roles. Naandhi became a turning point for Naresh Edara. Now, the combination has taken a more violent route with Ugram. Prashanth Neel made his first movie in Kannada with same title. Ugram has been publicised as a cop drama with Allari Naresh not flinging out his comic skills. So, how serious this cop is and how engagingly it has been narrated? Let’s discuss about Ugram in detail.
Ugram film is about a cop Shiva Kumar(Allari Naresh). He falls in love with Aparna(Mirnaa Menon) but then fights with her father. So, he decides to marry her off to another person. Her father manages local CI and Shiva Kumar stays in lock-up as her marriage is finished. He still goes to the wedding place and she runs off removing Thali. She walks away with him. Cut to… 5 years later, Shiva Kumar, his wife and daughter get into an accident and Shiva Kumar goes into dementia. What happened to his wife and daughter? Are they alive or did they die and he is hallucinating? Watch Ugram movie to know more.
Ugram is a kind of story which needs the landing to be perfect. In a non-linear scrrenplay, the intrigue needs to build with each reveal. Screenplay, here just dilutes as we progress. When you have a cop with dementia or short-term memory loss and he is trying to solve a crime, the point itself is engaging. But director and writer, did not believe in that premise at all. Ugram could’ve been about a cop creating evidences randomly and some being true. No one realising that he might have regained his memory or him playacting could’ve made this thriller more interesting. Ugram tries to be as loud as a speaker in a stage show and that kills the mood. Trying to amalgamate typical cop drama with thriller premise did not turn out to be that fruitful.
Allari Naresh delivered one of his best performances but he seemed to be trying too hard in some sequences. He has a great ability to be subtle and effective. Hope someone does try that with him as his loud comedies became monotonous and if he chooses loud action dramas, they tend to become even more monotonous with every other actor trying them. Ugram makers brought Mirnaa Menon but they could not use her potential well enough. Indraja irritates after a point and that is due to writing. Major characters lack impact and that is also due to writing. Ugram could’ve been a thriller like Fractured, from where it has been inspired. But it ends up being underwhelming experience.
Investigation drama in second half
Not utilising unique premise more
Very loud execution
Ugram Bottom-line: Brutally Loud!
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