Udayananu Tharam

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Udayananu Tharam
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Malayalamഉദയനാണ് താരം
Directed byRosshan Andrrews
Produced byC. Karunakaran
Screenplay bySreenivasan
Story bySreenivasan
Jagathy Sreekumar
Salim Kumar
Music byDeepak Dev
Ouseppachan (Score)
CinematographyS. Kumar
Edited byRanjan Abraham
Perfect Group
Distributed byCarlton Films
Release date
  • 21 January 2005 (2005-01-21) (Kerala)
Running time
162 minutes

Udayananu Tharam (English: Udayan is the Star) is a 2005 Indian Malayalam black comedy film directed by Rosshan Andrrews and scripted by Sreenivasan from a story by Andrrews. The film stars Mohanlal, Meena, Sreenivasan, Jagathy Sreekumar, and Mukesh. Udayananu Tharam presents the Malayalam film industry through a satirical viewpoint.

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 screenwriter and who aspires to be a director. But he is thwarted in his attempts by a scheming friend and junior artiste, Rajappan Thengamoodu (Sreenivasan), who steals his screenplay 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 the biggest ever opening until then in the history of Malayalam cinema.[1] The film won two Kerala State Film Awards, for Best Debut Director and for Best Choreography. The film was remade into Tamil cinema as Velli Thirai in 2008, and into Bollywood as Shortkut in 2009. A spin-off titled Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar was released in 2012.


Udayabhanu (Mohanlal) is a hardcore worshipper of films and a talented assistant director, who yearns to write and direct his own film 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.

Udayabhanu finally prepares to shoot his first film based on his own script, he discovers to his horror that Rajappan has stolen his manuscript, and filming is underway with Rajappan playing the leading role, which eventually propels him to stardom. Udhayabhanu soon finds himself faced with a career and personal crisis, with his faltering relations with his actress wife Madhumati (Meena) 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 market 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 film half way 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, which also saves Rajappan from his damaging career, Rajappan realises his mistakes and admits publicly that Udayabanu is the real star and not himself.


Box office[edit]

The film was well received in theaters and took the biggest ever opening for a Malayalam film until then. It grossed 3.12 crore (US$450,000) in two weeks from 41 screens in Kerala, with a distributor share of 1.38 crore (US$200,000).[1] The film was commercial success.[2][3]


Kerala State Film Awards
Asianet Film Awards


The songs were composed by Deepak Dev and lyrics by Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri.

No. Title Singer(s)
1 Parayaathe Dr. K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra
2 Karale Karalinte Vineeth Sreenivasan, Rimi Tomy
3 Penne En Penne Afsal, Shalini Singh
4 Parayaathe Karthik
5 Penne En Penne (My Girl - Remix) Afsal
6 Udayananu Tharam Ranjith Govind, Deepak Dev


Year Title Language Cast Director
2008 Velli Thirai Tamil Prithviraj, Gopika, Prakash Raj Viji
2009 Shortkut Hindi Akshaye Khanna, Arshad Warsi and Amrita Rao Neeraj Vora


  1. ^ a b Sreedhar Pillai A coup by debutant director. The Hindu
  2. ^ "2005- An analysis". Sify. 22 December 2005.
  3. ^ "Audience apathy to young stars continues!". Sify. 21 March 2005.

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