|Directed by||Roshan Andrews|
|Produced by||C. Karunakaran|
|Edited by||Ranjan Abraham|
|Distributed by||Carlton Films|
Udayananu Tharam (English: Udayan Is the Star) is a 2005 Malayalam black comedy film. The film is directed by Rosshan Andrrews. Udayananu Tharam presents the Malayalam film industry through a satirical viewpoint. It was co-written by Sreenivasan and directed by debutant Roshan Andrews. It is heavily inspired from 1999 Eddie Murphy comedy Bowfinger. The film stars Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Meena Durairaj, Jagathy Sreekumar, and Mukesh in the lead roles.
The financial and artistic crisis which plagued the once glittering Malayalam film industry at the turn of the 21st century lies at the center of the story. It depicts the struggles of Udayabhanu (Mohanlal), who is an assistant director and script writer and who aspires to make it big. But he is thwarted in his attempts by a scheming friend and junior artiste, Rajappan Thengamoodu (Sreenivasan), who steals his script to become superstar Saroj Kumar.
Director Roshan Andrews changed his name to "Rosshan Andrrews" as per his astrologer's suggestion to ensure the success of the film. The film made one of the biggest opening in the history of Malayalam cinema. The film won two Kerala State Film Awards, for Best Debut Director and for Best Choreography. The movie was later remade into Tamil as Velli Thirai and into Hindi as Shortkut.
An unofficial sequel named Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar directed by Sajin Raghavan was released on 14 January 2012.
Udayananu Tharam is the story of Udayabhanu (Mohanlal), a worshipper of films and an immensely talented assistant film director, who yearns to write and direct his own movie at a time when the industry is filled with dubious filmmakers. Rajappan Thengummoodu (Sreenivasan) is a rather crooked friend of Udayabhanu and an aspiring and failed actor. As Udayabhanu finally prepares to shoot his first movie based on his own script, he discovers to his horror that Rajappan has stolen his manuscript, and shooting is underway with Rajappan playing the lead, which eventually propels him to stardom. Udhayabhanu soon finds himself faced with a career and personal crisis, with his faltering relations with his superstar wife Madhumati (Meena Durairaj) contributing to the latter.
Later, with the help of producer Babykuttan (Mukesh), Udayabanu prepares to direct another film, but he is forced to cast Rajappan as the hero since he was the star with most screen value at that time. Rajappan takes up the offer, since he is also at a plateau of his career, but refuses to co-operate and throws tantrums and causes maximum trouble when possible. He spends most of his time actively flirting with the actresses in the film.
Towards the end of the shoot - using a perceived insult as a ruse, Rajappan leaves the set leaving the movie unfinished with the hope that this will destroy Udayabanu's career for ever. But Udayabanu devises clever tactics and shoots the remaining scenes with Rajappan without him even being aware of it.
At the end - the film is a critical and box office success, but Rajappan realises his mistakes and admits publicly that Udayabanu is the real star and not himself. Hence the film's title - "Udayan is the Star"
- Mohanlal as Udayabhanu
- Meena Durairaj as Madhumathi
- Sreenivasan as Rajappan Thengummoodu/Superstar Saroj Kumar
- Mukesh as Babykuttan
- Jagathy Sreekumar as Pachalam Bhasi
- AK Lohithadas as director Prathapan
- Cochin Haneefa as Sona Sisupalan
- Salim Kumar as Rafeeq
- Janardhanan as Madhumathi's father
- Anand as Dinesh
- TP Madhavan
- Bhavana as Gayathri
- Deepika Mohan
Kerala State Film Awards
Asianet Film Awards
|1||Parayaathe||Dr. K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra|
|2||Karale Karalinte||Vineeth Sreenivasan, Rimi Tomy|
|3||Penne En Penne||Afsal, Shalini Singh|
|5||Penne En Penne (My Girl - Remix)||Afsal|
|6||Udayananu Tharam||Ranjith Govind, Deepak Dev|
The movie was well received by the theatres of kerala and ran over 150 days is many theatres.
|2008||Velli Thirai||Tamil||Prithviraj, Gopika, Prakash Raj||Viji|
|2009||Shortkut||Hindi||Akshaye Khanna, Arshad Warsi and Amrita Rao||Neeraj Vora|