Udayananu Tharam

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  • NR
  • 2005
  • 2 hr 42 min
  • 7.9  (2,463)

Udayananu Tharam is a 2005 Indian Malayalam-language film directed by Rosshan Andrrews and produced by Super Good Films. The film features Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, and Mukesh in the lead roles, while Meena, Jagathy Sreekumar, and Salim Kumar appear in supporting roles. The film's music is composed by Deepak Dev. The film revolves around the life of Udayabhanu (played by Mohanlal), a struggling aspiring film director in the Malayalam film industry, who is trying hard to make a name for himself in the highly competitive industry. He is supported by his close friend and assistant Sasi (played by Sreenivasan) who works with him on every project, hoping that they will make it big someday.

Udayabhanu's life changes when he meets Rani (played by Meena), a popular actress who had just returned from a successful stint in Bollywood. Udayabhanu sees a golden opportunity in Rani and offers her the lead role in his upcoming film project. Rani agrees to work with him, but Udayabhanu soon realizes that he can't afford her remuneration.

Udayabhanu decides to approach Rajappan Thengummoodu (played by Mukesh), a wealthy businessman and film producer, for financial support. Rajappan agrees to fund Udayabhanu's project but puts forward a condition – Udayabhanu must cast Rajappan's untalented actor friend, Sagar (played by Salim Kumar), in the lead role. Udayabhanu is reluctant to do so, but with no other option, he agrees to Rajappan's demands.

The film starts shooting, and Udayabhanu finds it tough to work with Sagar as he is completely incompetent and has no understanding of the art of acting. Udayabhanu's frustration reaches its peak when he hears Sagar mouthing his dialogues entirely wrong. Udayabhanu decides to take things into his own hands and turn the tables on Sagar. He starts manipulating him and directs all his scenes in such a way that Sagar becomes a star overnight.

As Sagar becomes famous, Udayabhanu's troubles increase. Rajappan becomes more demanding, and Rani develops romantic feelings for Udayabhanu. Sasi gets increasingly suspicious of Udayabhanu's actions and tries to warn him about the consequences of his actions, but Udayabhanu shows no signs of stopping.

The film takes a dramatic turn when Rajappan learns about Udayabhanu's manipulations and exposes him in front of the media. Udayabhanu's reputation takes a monumental hit, and he is left with nothing but regret and guilt for what he had done to Sagar. He reconciles with Sasi and makes peace with Rani, who had moved on with her life.

The film ends on a philosophical note, highlighting the importance of integrity and principles in life, and how compromising on these virtues can lead to irreparable damages, both professionally and personally.

Overall, Udayananu Tharam is a heartwarming, realistic depiction of the Malayalam film industry and the struggles of aspiring filmmakers. The film has fantastic performances from the lead cast, particularly Mohanlal, who once again proves why he is one of the greatest actors of Indian cinema. The music by Deepak Dev is also noteworthy, with the song "Karanthirikkum" becoming an instant chartbuster. Udayananu Tharam is a must-watch for movie buffs and is undoubtedly one of the best Malayalam films of the 2000s.

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    7.9  (2,463)