True to character, it starts with a graphic novel depicting the background story in brief. The past is the story of about a child Agastya who loses his father to crime but rather than take revenge he would let bygones be bygones. But the mistake here is not fleshing them out enough. Enter Agastya, a mechanic who fights like he is a mix of Rambo and Rocky. Haripriya arrives in India only to be abducted by gangsters.
The film, too, tries to look like a graphic novel. When the moment comes, Agastya takes to the crime world, but it is not for revenge, but to establish his friend Thilak as Bala as the biggest gangster. . Action, Horror, Family, Comedy, Triller or Hot movies you will find all in one place. The film could well be a tribute to Pulp Fiction. While the locals become pulp, imported gangsters just run away, on seeing him.
This is spectacularly done by popular cinematographer Ravi Varman, who makes his debut in Kannada. It boxes out the mood instead of hyping it up in many places. They are all dipped in the same canvas. The thrill of the film is a fictitious district that is lorded over by a series of gangsters. Another killer is the background score. Ugramm is unlike the usual action movies we get to see in Sandalwood.
But there is a saviour like none other. The father-son relationship of Avinash and Atul Kulkarni would have made a wonderful story. The film is technically brilliant, but what it lacks is a style to the excessive energy that is drummed up. The techie-turned-film-maker has not only created a platform for himself, but also given a new lease of stardom to his brother-in-law Srimurali. It creates a pacy thriller, but the violence is not for everyone.
There are sub-plots as well. It is just too loud. So you know there is a past. Rajkumar, Vishnuvardhan, Sudeep, Jaggesh, Ambharish, Ravichandra, Dharshan, Kashinath, Ananthnag, Shankarnag, Prabhakar, Devraj, Arjun Sarja, Sruthi, Vijayshanthi, Narshimharaju, Sadhu Kokila, Chikanna, name it and you will find movies acted by the top actors. What follows is an orgy of killing, juxtaposed scenes and a narrative that is always on an overdrive. So that you relax sit and enjoy the movies.
They are cardboard caricatures, instead of characters. Despite the drawbacks, Ugramm is a new direction for action films in Kannada and should be lapped up by those who love action genre. It is too short and said in flashes to make the impact. The film is loud, brash, bloody and confident as a matter of choice. . . .
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