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Unaru title card.jpg
Title card, covering Mohanlal's face
Directed byMani Ratnam
Produced byN. G. John
Written byT. Damodaran
Sabitha Anand
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyRamachandra Babu
Edited byB. Lenin
Geo Movie Production
Distributed byGeo Pictures
Release date
  • 14 April 1984 (1984-04-14)
Running time
150 minutes[1]

Unaru (English: Rise Up) is a 1984 Indian Malayalam-language film directed by Mani Ratnam, starring Mohanlal, Sukumaran, Ratheesh, Sabitha Anand, Ashokan and Balan K. Nair.[2][3] The film gives the inside view of the problems that arose in the labour trade union parties in Kerala, with music composed by Ilaiyaraaja and cinematography by Ramachandra Babu.


Peter (Ratheesh) heads a group of fishermen seeking restitution for a livelihood devastated by the construction of a port. They form a union, whose leader Janardhan (Sukumaran) acquires increasingly self-serving motives, and whose unwitting right-hand man is Peter's friend Ramu (Mohanlal). When Peter dies, protesting the exploitation by the unions, Ramu rises in revolt.[4]



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 low-budget 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 Unaru, 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.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Deepame" S. Janaki, Chorus, C. O. Anto, Krishnachandran Yusufali Kechery
2 "Theeram Thedi Olam Padi" S. Janaki Yusufali Kechery


Unaru was released on 14 April 1984.[6]


  1. ^ Rangan 2012, p. 289.
  2. ^ "Unaroo". www.malayalachalachithram.com. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Unaroo". malayalasangeetham.info. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  4. ^ Rangan 2012, p. 1.
  5. ^ Rangan 2012, pp. 22-23.
  6. ^ Rangan 2012, p. 23.


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