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Searing look at sex workers' life - Deccan Herald
Searing look at sex workers' life
S Viswanath March 19, 2017, DHNS
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The film shows gullible girls pushed into sex trade, by corrupt police officers, in cahoots with men in trade, turning blind eye to trafficking.
Kannada (A) ¬¬¬
Cast: Sruthi Hariharan, Shraddha Srinath, Shweta Pandit, Bhavani Prakash, Achyut Kumar
Director: B S Pradeep Varma

Debutant Pradeep Varma’s Urvi spotlights on pitiful plight of prostitutes. Slow and tediously long, it highlights circumstances that push women into flesh trade. Varma shows how vicious, guile men exploit and push gullible girls into sex trade, from corrupt police officers, in cahoots with men in trade, turning a blind eye to trafficking.

Through three protagonists - Susie, Daisy, and Asha, an orphan studying to be a doctor - Varma scripts a compelling narrative. However, he falls prey to commercial claptrap, rendering Urvi monotonous. A subtle, nuanced screenplay would have worked wonders. Varma’s deliberately designed Urvi loses itself in a maze of cinematic devices. If Susie (aka Sushma), witness to sister Parvathi being ravished by money shark Devaragunda, who later kills her father and sister burning the hut down, while spiriting her away, Asha, ironically, housed in orphanage managed by venomous Devaragunda’s daughter Shweta unaware of father’s dark side, becomes his victim when fateful circumstances hurl her into his clutches.

How the trio, thrown together, in the bordello run by ironfisted, steely brothel keeper Bobby Doll and its inmates are roused to revolt by determined Asha forms Urvi’s pivot. Bhavani Prakash as Bobby Doll and Achyut Kumar as Devaragunda come across as exaggerated caricatures with over-the-top acting to look menacing. The film’s female protagonists too fall short of their own brilliant performances seen in earlier outings. Urvi, despite its honest intent, fails to be engaging, further due to its lengthy and languid making. Still, a worthy, laudable watch.