Title card, covering Mohanlal's face
|Directed by||Mani Ratnam|
|Produced by||N. G. John|
|Written by||T. Damodaran|
|Edited by||B. Lenin|
Geo Movie Production
|Distributed by||Geo Pictures|
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. 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.
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.
|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.