Udayon (transl. Creator) is a 2005 Indian Malayalam-language comedy drama film written and directed by Bhadran and produced by Maha Subair. It stars Mohanlal in dual roles: 75-year-old farmer Suranadu Kunju and his happy-go-lucky son Papoyi, Laya plays the female lead role and also features Manoj K. Jayan, Kalabhavan Mani, Innocent, Jagathy Sreekumar, and Salim Ghouse in substantial roles. The film features original soundtrack composed by Ouseppachan.[1]

Udayon
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBhadran
Written byBhadran
Produced byMaha Subair
StarringMohanlal
Laya
Kalabhavan Mani
Manoj K. Jayan
Innocent
Nassar
Salim Ghouse
CinematographyRamachandra Babu
Edited byRanjan Abraham
Music byOuseppachan
Production
company
Varnachithra Big Screen
Distributed byVarnachithra Release
Release date
15 July 2005
Running time
157 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

SynopsisEdit

Kunju is so obsessed with his land that he even grabs his sister's share by forging his father's will. Though he is known to be stubborn, his love for agriculture is appreciated by his youngest son.

PlotEdit

Mohanlal plays the double role of 75-year-old Suranadu Kunju and his son Papoyi. Kunju thinks that the heartbeat of the earth is in soil (Agriculture) and not in any other vocation. His beliefs on land and agrarianism are good, but his value system that farmers and farming are more important and better than anything else is preposterous. He denies his sons the opportunity to pursue their interests and wants them to be successful in agriculture, which leads to frequent sarcastic quarrels between Kunju and his three sons. Also, when he decides to marry off his daughter to an odd looking but farming enthusiast instead of an educated, handsome Doctor makes them feel that the father is destroying and spoiling their lives with his ideals, stubbornness and high handedness.

Kunju had swindled a large portion of land (5 Acres) - which should have been inherited by his sister Eechamma (Bindu Panicker) - by discreetly altering his Father's Will with the crooked assistance of the Family advocate. The deceit is revealed to Eechamma - years later - by a severely ailing and remorseful Mullassery Sreedharan (V. K. Sreeraman) (the old advocate). Eechamma decides to get back her rightful share through a proper legal channel as her financial situation is in a bad position compared to Kunju. Eighteen years ago, Eecha's husband (A toddy shop owner) committed suicide due to a dire financial crisis - after beseechingly requesting Kunju for help, which the latter denied owing to his miserly behaviour.

Mathan (Kalabhavan Mani), Eecha's second son - known as JCB for owning and operating a Bulldozer for his livelihood - and his villainous brother in law, a local Tamil village chieftain and an arbitrator, adds a twist as he interferes in the family property dispute. All said and done, the sister doesn't want evil to her brother, and her younger son, the mute, also doesn't want. Papoyi tries to save things but never has luck. Ultimately, Kunju's youngest son is used as a bait to coerce for the transfer of property. At last, amidst the chaos, Ponnan is killed, and Kunju kills the villainous brother in law Perumal (Salim Ghouse). And gives the family property keys to Eecha, and the patriarch stick to Papoyi after being arrested and taken to the prison. While leaving his house with the Police, Kunju - an impassive individual - wails loudly, repenting his misdeeds.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Jyothika was offered to act as lead actress with Mohanlal. But she could not do it due to her busy schedules in Tamil.[2] She was later replaced by Telugu actress Laya.

SoundtrackEdit

The film features original soundtrack composed by Ouseppachan.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Angethala"Rafeeq AhamedShankar Mahadevan, Ganga4:59
2."Chiri Chirichal"Rafeeq AhamedAnwar Sadath, Gang4:36
3."Pathinettam Patta"Prabha VarmaOuseppachan1:24
4."Poondankila"Lakshmi ShrikumarPushpa Anand, Alex3:24
5."Puthumannu"Lakshmi ShrikumarOuseppachan2:03
6."Thiruvarangil"Lakshmi ShrikumarMadhu Balakrishnan6:02
7."Thiruvarangil"Lakshmi ShrikumarK. S. Chithra6:02

ReleaseEdit

The film was released on 15 July 2005, and became an Average in the box office, also getting mixed to negative reviews from the critics. Most of the them criticized the complicated plot but Mohanlal’s Performance as the crafty, tough bordering on villainy, Shooranad Kunju was well praised. Webindia123 called the film "a must see for Mohanlal fans".[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sify preview
  2. ^ "Jo is the new 'Chandramukhi'". Sify.com. 18 November 2004. Archived from the original on 25 September 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  3. ^ https://www.webindia123.com/movie/regional/udayon/index.htm[bare URL]

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