Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar
|Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar|
|Directed by||Sajin Raaghavan|
|Produced by||Vaishaka Rajan|
|Edited by||Kevin Thomas|
|Distributed by||Vaishaka Cinema & PJ Entertainments UK|
|Running time||147 minutes|
Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar (Malayalam: പത്മശ്രീ ഭരത് ഡോക്ടർ സരോജ് കുമാർ) is a 2012 Malayalam satirical film directed by Sajin Raaghavan, starring Sreenivasan and Mamta Mohandas in the lead roles. It is a spin-off of popular 2005 film Udayananu Tharam. In the film, Sreenivasan reprises the character of Superstar Saroj Kumar from the original. The director announced that the film is not a sequel, but only some characters from Udayananu Tharam will be taken for scripting this film. The film was shot mainly in Chennai and Kochi.
Saroj Kumar is a matinee idol and megastar in Kerala churning out hits one after the other. But a few of his recent movies, such as Vekkeda Vedi, turns out to be big flops. His new film, directed by Alex Samuel, gets cancelled on the first day of shooting when Saroj slaps fellow actor Shyam for some silly reasons. Pachalam Bhasi, the producer of the film, tries for a compromise but Saroj is not ready to apologise. Alex Samuel and Pachalam Bhasi starts their new film with Shyam in the lead. Saroj bribes various film associations and gets the film banned. He gets the rank of Colonel in the Army and shows of with it.This is when Babykuttan, another producer, comes into scene. He helps Alex Samuel and Pachalam Bhasi to resume their project. Saroj Kumar tries to cancel the film in many ways but the film is successfully completed and is well received by the audiences.Meanwhile the Income Tax Department raids his premises and starts prosecution proceedings for tax evasion. Saroj is tensed about this and he drinks a lot acting in a different manner. and A lot of truths regarding Saroj's personal life is revealed towards the end.
- Sreenivasan as Megastar Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar
- Vineeth Sreenivasan as Shyam
- Mamta Mohandas as Neelima
- Fahadh Faasil as Alex Samuel
- Jagathy Sreekumar as Pachalam Bhasi
- Suraj Venjarammoodu as Muttathara Babu
- Salim Kumar as Rafeek
- Mukesh as Babykkuttan
- Manikuttan as Rajesh
- Sandhya (special appearance)
- Meera Nandan (special appearance)
- Sarayu (special appearance)
- Roopa (special appearance)
- Nimisha Suresh (special appearance)
- Kollam Thulasi as Union Leader
- Apoorva Bose as Lekha
- Sajitha Betti as Neelima's friend
- Ponnamma Babu as Neelima's friend
- Shari as Shyam's mother
- Manoj Kumar as Shyam's neighbour
- Cherthala Lalitha as Shyam's neighbour
- Deepika Mohan as Servant
About the idea of making the film, Sreenivasan says: "The thought of the film came to us when we started thinking about what should be happening to a superstar like Saroj Kumar at this point of time. He is getting old and the most challenging aspect about stardom is that once you have got it, the next question is how long it will last. Some people can accept the changes in life in a mature way but for most others, it is never easy. This superstar is wary of new thoughts and new experiments because he knows he won't fit into the changing scheme of things. It is easy to be a hero in films as even a weak person can fight with any number of goons and get applause from viewers. But Dr Saroj Kumar forces the directors to cater to his thoughts. All this makes the character very exciting." "As the characters are already known to the viewers, the expectations could be huge. The film was mainly shot in Chennai and Kochi.
The film released on 14 January 2012 to mainly negative to mixed reviews from critics. Paresh C Palicha of Rediff.com concluded his review saying, "On the whole, Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar is disappointing, to say the least." Hari Prasad of Yentha.com said that "the film, despite having a good theme, suffers from a messy script." Sify.com and Oneindia.in also published negative reviews saying that the film is "disappointing."
Although Sreenivasan says that the characterisation of Saroj Kumar is not at all based on any those of the existing superstars, it has been accused that Sreenivasan is drastically mimicking actor Mohanlal throughout the film. Many comments are made in the film about real happenings including Mohanlal's derogatory comments against Sukumar Azhikode, his Lieutenant Colonel honour, Income tax raids and recovering of elephant tusks from his house, and his famous ad campaigns. S. Kumar, the cinematographer of the film, claimed live on T.V that he was threatened via phone by Antony Perumbavoor, a film producer and old driver of Mohanlal.
|2.||"Iniyoru Chalanam"||Shaan Rahman, Vineeth Sreenivasan|
|3.||"Kesu"||Vineeth Sreenivasan, Shweta Mohan|
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