Udaharanam Sujatha review: An ode to every mother

Udaharanam Sujatha shows a conviction in making the viewers laugh, worry, cry and elate with Sujatha and Athira, writes Deepa Antony.

"Udaharanam Sujatha is a simple feel-good cinema about a mother-daughter duo that intends to motivate and inspire to dream high and work hard."

In what seems to be a weekend of debutant directors, Udaharanam Sujatha, is yet another release by a new director Phantom Praveen. The cinema starring Manju Warrier has her playing an adorable low income single mother working in multiple menial jobs so that she can afford a better future for her teenage daughter. The cinema is heavily inspired from the hindi cinema Nil Battey Sannata directed and co-written by debutant Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. She also remade it in Tamil titled Amma Kanakku starring Amala Paul and Revathy. In Malayalam, however the climax has been slightly dramatized from the hindi version. The screenplay of Udaharanam Sujatha by Martin Prakkat and Naveen Bhaskaran has retained the flavor of the cinema keeping the Malayali viewers in mind.

Udaharanam Sujatha is the story of a mother and her daughter. It is about a doleful widowed mother with an indomitable spirit to provide her daughter with the best education for her career. But happy-go-lucky Athira, her daughter, is ready to settle into the mediocrity of her surroundings. The crux of the story lies in Sujatha trying to motivate and inspire her daughter to dream big.

Manju Warrier feels at ease with the character from the very first scene. Though she fluctuates in her Trivandrum slang on and off she manages to keep it together. Her de-glam look and attire tie her into the character almost instantaneously. Anaswara Rajan who plays Sujatha’s daughter Athira is a consistent performer from start to end. Her blitzkrieg as a rebellious teenager is noteworthy. She has her own moments of brilliance where she outshines all other actors in the frame. Joju George plays Sreekumar the Principal and math teacher. His character is an over-the-top caricature in an otherwise realistic and simplistic narration. But, yes, his antics as a teacher does remind one of teachers from an age old classroom long forgotten.

Shot in Trivandrum, Madhu Neelakandan’s camera captures the scenes and visuals around the city with much beauty. Mahesh Narayanan’s crisp and taunt editing keeps the cinema moving at a steady pace. Gopi Sundar has worked the music into the narrative with not a note amiss. His songs and the background score are on dot!

Apart from the events leading to the climax, the cinema shows a conviction in making the viewers laugh, worry, cry and elate with Sujatha and Athira. And apart from a sprinkle of patronizing dialogues from Athira’s studious classmate, the cinema is engaging and moving in each measure.

After ‘How Old are you?’ this cinema is a step further towards turning Manju Warrier into a beacon of women empowerment. However, one may doubt if the movie meant to end in a tone putting a vocation down below another. However, for the simplicity of it all, this is a cinema you will want to watch at least once with your mother. This movie is an ode to every mother who has had sky high expectations for her child has never shied away in working hard to provide everything she has so her children go well in their life.

reviewed byDeepa Antony

29 Sep 2017 | 12:08 PM

  • directed by
  • Phantom Praveen
  • Produced by
  • Joju George
  • Martin Prakkat
  • Starring
  • Nedumudi Venu
  • Joju George
  • Manju Warrier
  • Mamta Mohandas
  • Genres
  • Family
  • Drama