Under World 2019 Movie Reviews & Ratings
Under World is a story about three goons – Stalin John (Asif Ali), Solomon (Jean-Paul Lal) and Majeed (Farhan Fazil) – who drank, cut, and drank. This is a film in which all three are equally responsible. At the beginning of the film, they are completely unfamiliar and arrive on time. Analyzing each character will lead to an evaluation of the film. If you want to see a Gentleman-Teacher look-alike, look at Asif’s face. Stalin, who has a decent dress, a quiet voice, a calm personality, and a charming personality, is being jailed for life in the sub-jail.
If you have ever seen a goon singing along the road after a building was destroyed by a blast Asif’s character is unique in that it has made all the characters in the films released this year great and varied. The opposite is Stalin’s enemy, Solomon. Jean-Paul is no longer the face of a cruel villain who has been hesitant to kill even his own pet dog. Asif Ali was presented with the 2019 prize for his successful films. As the name suggests, ‘Vijay Super’ and ‘Pournami’ started off as a super hit. Asif’s films, Asif and his team-mates soon followed suit. Asif’s next release is ‘The Underworld’ after the family movie ‘Kakshi Amminipillai’. After ‘The Wind’, director Arun Kumar Aravind and Asif are joining the film.
Under World 2019 Movie Review
Director Arun Kumar Aravind’s film leads the audience into the gateway of the underworld through the lives of Stalin John, Majeed Abdul Rahman, Solomon and Padmanabhan Nair. Stalin (Asif Ali) doesn’t have a care in the world and is only interested if it involves making large amounts of money, regardless of the method. The consequences don’t deter him and he confronts every situation with grit.
It is the same urge to make money that introduces him to Majeed Abdul Rahman (Farhaan Fasil). While they resent each other, soon they also forge an unbreakable bond of friendship.
In a different setting is Padmanabhan Nair (Mukesh) who was arrested for a multi-crore scam. With Solomon (Jean-Paul Lal) as his aide, he feels relieved that his money is safe and assures himself that life in prison is better, as long the dollars are converted into rupees and hidden away.
What happens when the money-minded foes-turned-friends’ desires are threatened by Padmanabhan Nair and Solomon forms the rest of the story. Will the burning desire for money change people, both in the police force and rival gangs?
Asif Ali’s depiction of the indomitable Stalin manages to strike a chord with the audience. There are moments when you are moved by his tragic fall and want to vouch for him. His swag and attitude are equally eye-catching. Farhaan Faasil plays the role of Gunda Majeed well and the way he supports Stalin during his turbulent times is also heart-rending. Mukesh also scores with his performance as the corrupt politician, who can’t see anything beyond money.
Jean-Paul Lal, as Solomon who is driven only by his sheer love for money, would remind one of his father Lal in his demeanor and voice and yet impressively carves a style of his own. His mannerisms as a villain make you want to see more of him on-screen.
The Arun Kumar Aravind directorial, written by Shibin Francis, aptly fits into the genre of gang war movies and crime drama. The fact that in the underworld, ruthlessness reigns supreme over loyalty is brought forth effectively and could have been gripping if the filmmaker took care of certain aspects. Certain scenes, especially during the first half stretch the film, and the final encounter between the arch-rivals could have been more dramatic. Moreover, the film’s characters belong to a utilitarian world and not a moralistic one, showing there is room for people who double-cross each other to make money.
Under World 2019 Movie Story
A few minutes into the long, long film enters the real hero of this thriller – the background score. The movie thrives on the background score, played every time there is a slow walk away from the scene by Asif Ali, who plays one of the male leads, and every time a smart one-liner is spoken, which is most of the script.
Underworld is one such film where the lines seem written only to be delivered with attitude, with that background score, with a smirk. The story itself, while it has some content, is all too superficial and the film, directed by Arun Kumar Aravind, tries too hard to create some ‘star’ moments.
The film begins with Stalin John (Asif Ali) in hospital, and the opening credits take you back to his younger years, growing up as a teen getting into trouble and becoming a Communist. Two other young men’s tales are also shown, one falling in love with a girl while also beating up others, the other going to the sea after some smuggled goods. Boy 2 Majeed (Farhaan Faasil) grows up to become a goon who beats up people for money and who still has the same girlfriend (Ketaki Narayan). Boy 3 is Solomon, played by Lal Junior, a ruthless fellow who’d kill his own dog if it came in the way of his hunting.
From the beginning, Stalin’s character seems written only to be that heroic hero with all the overly courageous actions and talk. But there is consistency. He is a man who acts before he thinks, who has to get his payback immediately. So when he has a tiff with a senior party leader over a film theatre, he lets the whole thing go up in flames even if it means years in prison for him. It is to this life of disarray that Majeed walks in and an unlikely friendship is formed in quick time. And in jail. Padmanabhan Nair (Mukesh), an old politician who is behind bars for a Rs 500 crore bribery case, is interested in getting these two men to work for him. He had unwisely trusted his young friend Solomon with the money and now he needs help.
The first half of the movie goes on in this manner, with all the characters insisting on talking in puns and riddles to each other (particularly Padmanabhan and Solomon). But it manages to keep your interest, to see where this is going. The second half, however, fails to do that, dragging on for too long till you wonder when it would all be over.
What’s however puzzling is why the women characters in the script were written at all – Amalda Liz plays Solomon’s surprisingly uncurious wife; Samyuktha Menon appears in a couple of scenes with Asif Ali to talk money. Then there’s Ketaki, Majeed’s on-off girlfriend. You don’t get why they are there at all. Annie (Amalda) tells Solomon in one scene she doesn’t know what he does outside the home and yet, when she sees a stranger come and beat him up at their home, she asks no questions. There is more to do for Sreelakshmi who plays Asif’s mother and Muthumani, his lawyer. And they are both admirable in the short time they appear.
But then the male leads too have done their parts well. Asif plays his heroic Stalin the way it’s meant to be played. Farhaan is surprisingly refreshing as a goon with little mercy. And Lal Jr easily becomes the menacing Solomon. Mukesh, of course, is a veteran and comfortably switches from the earlier romantic heroes he once played to become the septuagenarian politician.
Somewhere in the plot is a sincere attempt at a thriller, with some foolish bravery and friendships, but that is buried beneath layers of drama and of course, the background score (and it is good, courtesy Yakzan Gary Pereira and Neha Nair).
- The Arun Kumar Aravind directorial, written by Shibin Francis, aptly fits into the genre of gang war movies and crime drama.
- The fact that in the underworld, ruthlessness reigns supreme over loyalty is brought forth effectively and could have been gripping if the filmmaker took care of certain aspects.
- Certain scenes, especially during the first half stretch the film, and the final encounter between the arch-rivals could have been more dramatic.
- Moreover, the film’s characters belong to a utilitarian world and not a moralistic one.
- showing there is room for people who double-cross each other to make money.
Stalin John and Majeed Abdul Rahman have a common goal. However, equations change when they are confronted by Solomon and Padmanabhan Nair, who share the same aim and greed for money.