Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Phantom Praveen|
|Produced by||Martin Prakkat|
|Screenplay by||Naveen Bhaskar|
|Music by||Gopi Sunder|
|Edited by||Mahesh Narayan|
The Scene Studios
|Box office||₹10 crore|
Udaharanam Sujatha (English: For Example, Sujatha) is a 2017 Indian Malayalam-language drama film directed by debutant director "Phantom" Praveen, adapted by Naveen Bhaskar and produced by Martin Prakkat and Joju George. It is a remake of the 2016 Hindi-language film Nil Battey Sannata (The New Classmate).
The film stars Manju Warrier as a single mother living in an impoverished colony in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) doing menial jobs to support her young daughter's education. The cast also includes Anaswara Rajan, Nedumudi Venu, Mamta Mohandas and Joju George. 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.
"Not everyone would be proud of their kids following their footsteps, especially parents belonging to the lower-middle class section of the society. They dream big, so that at least their kids don’t end up struggling, doing low-paying jobs like them. The film portrays this fact well, through the performances of its lead actors, Manju Warrier and Anaswara Rajan.", the Times of India wrote in their review.
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 Krishnan (Manju Warrier) is a high-school drop-out, a young widow and a single mother in living in the city of Thiruvananthapuram. She lives to see her daughter Athira 's (Anaswara Rajan) academic success, taking up more and more trivial jobs at apartments and factories to support her schooling (and the planned expensive "private coaching" for SSLC). Her daughter, though, is far from grateful. She is unmotivated, never studies properly, gets low marks in her school exams and won't quit believing that she can't be anything more than a petty "domestic help" like her mother.
Sujatha narrates her dilemma to her rich employer George Paul (Nedumudi Venu). A kind and open-hearted man, he tells Sujatha about an uncanny solution to her daughter's poor academic performance. Under the new plan, Sujatha will enrol in her daughter's school so that she can learn math and tutor Athira herself. This embarrasses young Athira. Sujatha slowly starts impressing her classmates and scores pretty much well in maths exams. No one, except for the school's kind principal, is aware of Sujatha's relationship to Athira. Athira begs her mother to stop attending the school. She is angered by her mother's success in math, as she herself continues to fail to understand it. Both of them starts a rivalry 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, starts studying well. She scores a "personal" record 58% marks in her next mathematics exam. Sujatha is happy, and leaves school.
Sujatha, being naïve, decides to meet the District Collector (Mamta Mohandas) to plan her daughters academic future. She somehow manages get into collector's residence and tells the Collector about her dream to see Athira as a District Collector. The Collector - much to the surprise of Sujatha - tells her that she herself came from a very low income family and couldn't afford to go to expensive private "coaching classes" for Civil Service Exams.
Sujatha soon discovers that her daughter only scored good marks in the last series of exams because she didn't want to attend classes with her mother. Determined to change her daughter Sujatha again starts attending the school. Sujatha now starts taking more and more jobs, works late into the night in small restaurants, and saves more and more money for Athira (and to pay out her family debts). One day Sujatha finds out that Athira has stolen her savings to buy expensive school bags, slippers and dress. Sujatha gets humiliated by the landlady to whom she owes money. Athira suspects that her mother is earning money by prostitution. The relation between the mother and daughter reaches an all time low.
While going to work Sujatha meets with a road accident and is severely wounded. In the hospital, Athira gets to know that her mother is not doing any prostitution but she is working day and night in a small restaurant in the city. Athira visits her mother in the hospital and asks for forgiveness and vows to "study hard from now on".
Reformed Athira passes 10th class exams (SSLC) with good marks, along with Sujatha, and she eventually fulfils her mother's dream by becoming a District Collector. After being asked what inspired her to apply for the Administrative Service, she answers that she is inspired by her mother, who now tutors economically backward students for free.
- Manju Warrier as Sujatha Krishnan
- Anaswara Rajan as Athira Krishnan, daughter of Sujatha Krishnan
- Aditi Ravi as Athira Krishnan (adult)
- Nedumudi Venu as George Paul, Malayalam script-writer
- Mamta Mohandas as District Collector (Thiruvananthapuram)
- Joju George as Headmaster ("the Kuthira")
- Abjija Sivakala as Thulasi
- Sudhi Koppa as Jayan
- V. Suresh Thampanoor as the auto-driver
- Alencier Ley Lopez as P. C. George
- Swaraj Gramika as Rajeev
The film released in Kerala to positive reviews from the critics. Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, director of Nil Battey Sannata, the original 2015 film on which Udaharanam Sujatha was based, tweeted that she loved the film and praised the songs.
Malayalam Manorama describes, "Manju Warrier and Anaswara Ranjan together have captured the authenticity of the characters with the story-line'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. [Phantom] Praveen have pitched the characters on the right spot with moderation throughout the story."
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
- North American Film Awards 2018
- 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.