Udaharanam Sujatha Story
: Sujatha, mother of a teenaged girl, nurses a dream to educate her daughter by doing multiple jobs at houses and factories. However, her daughter Athira doesn't take education seriously, believing that being the off spring of a domestic help, she too will end up the same. A dismayed Sujatha is on the lookout for ways to rouse Athira's competitive spirit.
Udaharanam Sujatha Review
: Every student of our country grows up hearing the motto - Dream, Dream, Dream. Dreams are important and they work! However, at least in the case of a few, it's the dreams of others that propel them towards living a future that's much better than what they wanted for themselves. Udaharanam Sujatha is such a film, in which it's the mom who dreams for her daughter, who is rather goalless about her life.
Though she is a Class 10 student, Athira is hardly serious about her studies. She believes that the kids of doctors become doctors, engineers' off springs become engineers and being the daughter of a domestic help, she will become nothing better than a velakkari. However, that's the last thing her mother Sujatha wants. Sujatha she does numerous odd jobs to make ends meet and fund Athira's studies. When the mother realizes that there is no motivation in Athira to study, she takes a new route with the help of one of her employers.
Not everyone would be proud of their kids following their footsteps, especially parents belonging to the lower-middle class section of the society. They dream big, so that at least their kids don't end up struggling, doing low-paying jobs like them. The film portrays this fact well, through the performances of its lead actors, Manju Warrier and Anaswara Rajan. The parts in which the struggles of the mother are shown are truly moving. It's evident that the movie is inspired from the critically acclaimed Hindi film Nil Battey Sannatta, regardless, it has enough for the Malayali audience to connect with, stay interested and feel for the characters and situations throughout the movie. Joju George, who plays the character of a school headmaster cum maths teacher is the one who adds the humour onto the plot, through his various, nostalgic antics typical of teachers. Gopi Sunder's songs are also extremely soulful and match every situation to a T.
There are also a few elements that take the film down a notch. It takes a while for the audience to get used to Manju Warrier's loud deglam makeup, at least in the first few sequences. Sujatha does numerous jobs, but she also somehow finds time to attend an educational institution fulltime. A little too ambitious? Adding to that is the proficiency, according to the film, she acquires in certain subjects, despite being out of touch with them all for long!
The parent here tries various ways and means to get the daughter change her mind to study hard and aim high. But, the reasons for which Athira is shown as going through a transformation aren't strong enough to trigger inspiration. Rather, she is forced to change, without much conviction. Adding to that is the reason Athira states for becoming what she end up as, in future. That final statement is inane, and one can't help doubting whether or not it looks down upon another vocation, a bit.
Udaharanam Sujatha has an interesting story, good performances, music and subtle humour, all of which merit your time in the theatre.