Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Phantom Praveen|
|Screenplay by||Naveen Bhaskar|
|Music by||Gopi Sunder|
|Edited by||Mahesh Narayan|
The Scene Studios
|Box office||8 crores |
Udaharanam Sujatha (English: For Example, Sujatha) is a 2017 Indian Malayalam-language drama film directed by debutant director Phantom Praveen and produced by Martin Prakkat and Joju George. It is a remake of the 2016 Hindi film Nil Battey Sannata. Manju Warrier plays Sujatha, a woman living in a colony doing odd jobs. Anaswara Rajan, Nedumudi Venu, Mamta Mohandas and Joju George co-star in other significant roles. Principal photography began on 4 May 2017 and was completed exclusively in Thiruvananthapuram. Madhu Neelakandan handles cinematography. Gopi Sunder is the music director. The film has seven songs, including one promo song sung by V. Suresh Thampanoor. The film released in India on 28 September 2017 and was a hit in box office. It received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike and won a large number of accolades.
Sujatha (Manju Warrier) is a full-time housemaid and single mother. She lives to see her daughter Athira's (Anaswara Rajan) success, taking up more and more odd jobs to support her schooling. Her daughter, though, is far from grateful. She never studies, gets poor scores in her exams and won't quit believing that she can't be anything more than a housemaid like her mother.
Sujatha tells all her woes to George Paul (Nedumudi Venu), the man who employs her. A kind and open-hearted man, Paul tells Sujatha about an uncanny solution to her daughter's poor performance. Under the new plan, Sujatha will go to school for continuing her long abandoned studies to motivate Athira. This displeases Athira and she hate it. Sujatha slowly starts befriending Athira's class mates and scores good in exams. Angry due to this Athira asks sujatha to stop humiliating her but sujatha never minds and both of them starts a competition where if athira scores more marks than sujatha the later should leave school.
Athira, seeing no other solution but to score better than her mother, will start studying well. Athira studies well and scores a record 58% in her Maths paper. Sujatha is happy, and leaves school. Sujatha inorder to plan her daughters future decides to meet the Thiuvananthapuram District Collector (Mamta Mohandas) and tells her about her dream to see Athira as a Collector. The Collector tells Sujatha that she herself came from a very poor family and couldn't afford to go to "coaching classes" (which are basically classes conducted by private organizations, and often have very high tuitions) to pass her Civil Service Exams. Instead, she studied hard everyday and saved enough money to write the UPSC Exams in Delhi. Sujatha plans for athira to become a collector and starts doing more jobs. Her smile fades soon as she discovers that Athira only scored because she didn't want to go to school with her mother.
Sujatha determined to change her daughter again takes up a bookbag. Athira starts hating her mother for this. Sujatha now starts taking more and more jobs and saving more money for athira's future and to pay out her debts. One day Sujatha finds out that Athira took sujatha's savings from locker and spend all the money which she saved for buying bag,slippers and dress without her knowledge.Sujatha gets humiliated by the person to whom sujatha owes money.
Sujatha comfronts Athira regarding this and athira never minds this and tell her she knows sujatha is doing dirty jobs to make money. Sujatha slaps her and she stops talking to her daughter. One day while going to work Sujatha meets with an accident and is severely wounded. Athira gets shocked and to her horror she gets to know that Sujatha is not doing any dirty work but she is working day night to find money for Athira's future.
Athira gets to see Sujatha in ICU and she cries and ask her mother for forgiveness and vows to study well now onwards. Reformed Athira and sujatha pass 10th with flying colours and Athira fullfils Sujatha's dream by becoming a Collector.
- Manju Warrier as Sujatha Krishnan
- Anaswara Rajan as Athira Krishnan (child), daughter of Sujatha
- Nedumudi Venu as George Paul, Film writer
- Mamta Mohandas as District Collector
- Joju George as Head Master (Kuthira)
- Sudhi Koppa as Jayan
- V. Suresh Thampanoor
- Alencier Ley Lopez as P.C.George
- Aditi Ravi as Athira Krishnan (adult)
- Aristo Suresh as the auto-driver
- Abhija Sivakala
- Swaraj Gramika as Rajeev
The film released to positive reviews from the critics. Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, director of Nil Battey Sannata, the original movie on which Udaharanam Sujatha was based, tweeted that she loved the film and praised the songs.  Padmakumar of manoramaonline gave the film 3.5/5. "Manju Warrier and Anaswara Ranjan together have captured the authenicity of the characters with the storyline's intensity, the warmth of mother-daughter love that culminates is the grand catharsis. Nedumudi Venu as scriptwriter George Paul and Joju George as school headmaster with de-glam avatars do justice to their roles by getting into the skin of the character as the story progresses. Praveen have pitched the characters on the right spot with moderation throughout the story."
Deepa Soman of Times of India noted the film to be a mix of plot lines with the warmth of Guppy (film) and climax of Vikramadithyan, in between the film has an interesting character development, good performances, humor and pleasant music, all of which merit audiences time in the theatre.
Awards and Nominations
- Best Actress - Manju Warrier
- Asiavision Awards 2017
- Best Actress - Manju Warrier (shared with C/O Saira Banu)
- Best Singer (female) - Sithara Krishnakumar - Ethu Mazhayilu
- Yuva Awards 2017
- Outstanding Personality - Manju Warrier
- Asianet Film Awards 2018
- Special Jury Award- Joju George
- Best Socially Committed Movie - Phantom Praveen
- Best Actress (Popular) - Manju Warrier
- Best Music Director - Gopi Sunder (shared with Take Off)
- Best Singer (Female) - Sithara Krishnakumar
- Best Cinematographer - Madhu Neelakandan (shared with Ramante Edanthottam)
- Best Child Artist - Anaswara Rajan
- Vanitha Film Awards 2018
- Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress - Manju Warrier
- Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam - Manju Warrier
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- Soman, Deepa (28 September 2017). "Udaharanam Sujatha Movie Review". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 March 2018.