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Unaru title card.jpg
Title card
Directed by Mani Ratnam
Produced by N. G. John
Written by T. Damodaran
Starring Mohanlal
Sabitha Anand
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Ramachandra Babu
Edited by B. Lenin
Geo Movie Production
Distributed by Geo Pictures
Release date
  • 12 April 1984 (1984-04-12)
Running time
150 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Malayalam

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 Kannada film Pallavi Anu Pallavi (1983), and asked him to work on a Malayalam film for his production studio. Ratnam initially narrated the script of Mouna Raagam (1986), then titled Divya, to John but the producer wanted to make a political film.[5] Subsequently, he began work on Unaru, which revolved around corruption in the labour union movement and scripted the film alongside John and another associate, 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 was shot in a single stretch from February 1984 and was released in April 1984.[5]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were written by Yusufali Kechery.

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


  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. ^ a b Rangan 2012, pp. 12-16.


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