Urumi: The Warriors Who Wanted to Kill Vasco Da Gama is a 2011 Malayalam historical fantasy film directed and co-produced by Santosh Sivan and written by Shankar Ramakrishnan. It stars Prithviraj Sukumaran, who was also one of the producers of the film, as Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar, Prabhu Deva as Vavvali, Robin Pratt as Vasco da Gama, Alexx ONell as Estêvão da Gama, Genelia D'Souza as Princess Aysha of Cannanore, Amol Gupte, Jagathy Sreekumar, Nithya Menon, Vidya Balan, whilst featuring Arya and Tabu in guest roles. Background score and songs were composed by Deepak Dev, lyrics were by Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri, Rafeeq Ahammed and Engandiyur Chandrasekharan.
The film is set in the backdrop of the warrior clans of northern Kerala on the Malabar Coast, India in the sixteenth century. The story follows life of Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar, son of the Kottuval (General) of Chirakkal. Kottuval of Chirakkal is killed on board the ship Miri by Vasco da Gama during the infamous massacre of the pilgrim ship in 1502. Almost twenty years after this incident, Vasco da Gama again arrives in India as the Viceroy and Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar, seeking revenge for the blood of his father, plans an uprising against the Portuguese in Malabar. But the attempt fails, and Kelu and his followers are heroically killed in action. The film is spread between the second and third visit of Gama to India. The film also depicts the famous interview between the Zamorin of Calicut and Vasco da Gama in 1498.
It was made on a budget of more than 200 million, making it the second-most expensive Malayalam language film ever, after Pazhassi Raja (2009). Urumi was dubbed and released in Telugu as Urumi and English as Urumi: The Warriors Who Wanted to Kill Vasco Da Gama. The film is awaiting release in Tamil as Urumi: Padhinaintham Nootrandu Uraivaal, which has dialogues written by S. Sasikumaran.
Directed by Santosh Sivan
Produced by Prithviraj
Written by Shankar Ramakrishnan
Narrated by K. P. A. C. Lalitha
Music by Deepak Dev
Cinematography Santosh Sivan
Editing by A. Sreekar Prasad
Studio August Cinema
Distributed by August Films
March 31, 2011