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Unaroo poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMani Ratnam
Written byT. Damodaran
Produced byN. G. John
Sabitha Anand
Balan K. Nair
CinematographyRamachandra Babu
Edited byB. Lenin
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Geo Movie Production
Release date
  • 14 April 1984 (1984-04-14)
Running time
150 minutes[1]

Unaroo (transl. Wake Up) is a 1984 Indian Malayalam-language political drama film directed by Mani Ratnam and written by T. Damodaran, starring Mohanlal, Sukumaran, Ratheesh, Sabitha Anand, Ashokan and Balan K. Nair, with music composed by Ilaiyaraaja and cinematography by Ramachandra Babu.[2] The film gives the inside view of the problems that arose in the labour trade union parties in Kerala. It was released on 14 April 1984.[3]




Producer N. G. John, who had experienced success with Ee Nadu (1982) and Iniyengilum (1983), had been impressed with Mani Ratnam's debut film Pallavi Anu Pallavi (1983), a Kannada film that tackled a complex subject. John offered Ratnam the chance to direct a Malayalam film for his production house. Ratnam initially narrated the script of Mouna Ragam (1986), then titled Divya, to John but the producer wanted to make a political film. Subsequently, he began work on Unaroo, which revolved around corruption in the labour union movement and scripted the film alongside John and Damodaran. Ratnam revealed that he struggled with the film, owing to its alien concept from his previous film on human relationships, as well as due to the sheer number of artistes involved. The film began production in February 1984 and was shot in a single stretch.[5]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and the lyrics were written by Yusufali Kechery.[6]

1."Deepame"Yusufali KecheryS. Janaki, Chorus, C. O. Anto, Krishnachandran 
2."Theeram Thedi Olam Padi"Yusufali KecheryS. Janaki 


  1. ^ Rangan 2012, p. 289.
  2. ^ "ഉണരൂ (1984)". Malayalasangeetham.info. Archived from the original on 27 January 2021. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  3. ^ Rangan 2012, p. 23.
  4. ^ a b c Rangan 2012, p. 1.
  5. ^ Rangan 2012, pp. 22–23.
  6. ^ "Unaru". JioSaavn. Archived from the original on 9 September 2021. Retrieved 9 September 2021.


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