Loosely adapted from the french movie Pour Elle (Next 3 days), Escape from Uganda is a no nonsense and a very matter of fact movie about the experience of a malayali family in Uganda.
Having eloped to Kampala to escape (what else) an inter caste marriage, Jayakrishnan and Shikha Samuel (Vijay Babu & Rima Kallingal) tries to build a life on their own in Uganda, a country with notoriously corrupt system, but manageable crime rates. Due to an unforeseen series of events Shikha gets caught in a high stakes diamond heist planned by some of her acquaintances. Being a witness to a gruesome double murder, she becomes the prime suspect and is imprisoned.
As attempts to get her out through the judiciary system fails with the murder of the Malayali lawyer (Mukesh who looked out of sorts physically), Jayakrishnan resorts to the help of mysterious outlaw, Antony a.k.a Carlos Kennedy (well enacted by Parthiban) to get Shikha to escape from the prison.
The end justifies the means as the movie ends with the family taking a Cessna to Kenya.
The movie as a whole is well conceived with good performances from Vijay and Rima. One could sense the effort that has gone into pulling off whatever they have done. Kudos to Rajesh and team for their attempt. There are times where Rajesh and the Screenplay team are struggling to convey what they want to convey in an effective way, mostly because of the self doubt they have with respect to the attitude of the malayali viewers. A good example is when Shikha warding off attempts to molest her in the prison. Parthiban's dialogs border between ridiculous and pathetic with the inappropriate usage of malayalam and Tamil. While the character he plays has a lot of depth, the lack of focus on writing the proper dialogs makes it difficult for the director to pull off the twist during the climax.