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 Unnai Pol Oruvan
Unnai Pol Oruvan

Film : Unnaipol Oruvan
Release Date : 18 September 2009
Main Cast : Kamal Hassan,Mohanlal
Director : Chakri Toleti
Producer : Kamal Hassan
Banner : Raajkamal Films International
Writers: : Ee.Raa.Murugan,Neeraj Pandey
Music Director : Shruti Haasan

Rview by : Unni / www.Kerala9.com
Rating: 3.5/5

It was the Kamal Haasan-starrer ‘Kuruthi Punal’, made years back and directed by P.C.Sreeram, which had made me much prejudiced. I was not at all impressed by the way the Govind Nihalani-directed ‘Droh Kaal’ was remade. And it was this prejudiced kind of thought that led me to expect ‘Unaipol Oruvan’ to be a pale copy of the Hindi movie, ‘A Wednesday’, which was simply astounding. But, to be honest, my prejudices were all shattered. Director Chakri, Kamal Haasan and Mohanlal have teamed up to give a faithful remake of the original Nasseeruddin Shah-Anupam Kher starrer, with the message intact. As the movie was beginning, I was telling myself that in ‘Unaipol Oruvan’, it would be Kamal Haasan who’d be the hero and not the ‘aam admi’ (commom man), whom Nasseeruddin Shah had so sensitively portrayed in ‘A Wednesday’ (once again prejudiced thinking!). But it has to be pointed out that the makers left the ‘aam admi’ element intact and didn’t disrupt the total fabric of the original theme.
Well, coming to the story, it all takes place in flashback mode. Raghavan Maraar (Mohanlal), who had been the Commissioner of Police, recalls an incident that had happened earlier and changed his outlook itself. It all began with a guy (Kamal Haasan) planting explosives at certain strategic places and then calling Raghavan Maraar and asking him to release four dreaded terrorists, who are lodged in jail. Maraar, who first doesn’t know whether to believe it or not, is forced to believe the guy when he finds explosives hidden in the police station just near his office. Maraar and his men swing into action. But the guy who contacts them over phone is clever enough to leave no traces of his location. And from here the story takes off.
The highlight of the film, as told earlier, is its theme, startling and even introspective. The credit of course goes to Neeraj Pandey, who had scripted and directed ‘A Wednesday’, but the makers of ‘Unaipol Oruvan’ too deserve to be appreciated, for having dared to remake such a startling and sensitive movie. Of course those who had seen ‘A Wednesday’ may not feel that ‘Unaipol Oruvan’ is as powerful. But this may just be a misconception as you are already familiar with the theme and know what’s going to happen finally. Of course the lacks, only to some extent the tautness that the original film had, but this happens during re-makes. Remakes rarely match up to originals.
Performances
Kamal Haasan is his very usual self playing the central role and gets into the skin of the character with perfection. It’s better not to compare his performance with that of Nasseeruddin Shah. Mohanlal as Raghavan Maraar is good. Of course you may like Anupam Kher in the original better, but it’s better not to compare the two films and the performances. The others fit into their roles well.
Technical aspects
Cinematography by Manoj Soni is good. And so is the art-work by Thotta Tharani. Editing by Rameshwar.S.Bhagat is also good.
Music
Shruthi Haasan, the young daughter of Kamal Haasan, who recently made her acting debut with the Hindi film ‘Luck’, makes an impressive debut as music composer scoring music for ‘Unaipol Oruvan’ in a very excellent manner.
Script
There’s nothing new or different to speak about the script here. It’s in fact almost a scene-by-scene adaptation of the original and even the dialogues are the same.
Direction
Chakri deserves to be appreciated. It’s not to be considered that a re-make director needs no talents. The director has to be in full control of things, whether it’s an original or a remake and it’s the director who makes the film or mars it. Many re-makes have been marred due to poor direction. And it’s hence that Chakri deserves to be appreciated as he has made an almost faithful remake of the original.
As a tail piece let me add something. One of my journalist friends recently remarked that if Amitabh Bachchan, who was reportedly first approached for ‘A Wednesday’, had done it, the film would have gone places and got more mileage too, on the commercial front. (No, he wasn’t underrating Nasseeruddin Shah, one of the finest actors that we have amongst us). ‘Unaipol Oruvan’ scores on this front, with Kamal Haasan having his own sway over the box office all over the South and Mohanlal being a decisive force at the Kerala box-office. Still doubts remain as to whether fans, who look for the usual commercial elements, would be satisfied with the film. The climax being greeted by booing in a release centre on day one makes you think on these lines. For a fan, it’s not the ‘aam admi’ aspect that matters. It’s the star that counts. So, how would the film fare at the box office? Let’s wait and see.

Overall verdict- Faithful remake; makes an impact!
Rating: 3.5/5

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23 COMMENTS

  1. hai suresh,

    I think Ur comment was quite rash. I didn’t see this movie and one more thing, i am a keralite.i like some of your comment .I seen Wednesday and very much impressed the way Shah had acted. it was a superb film, shah was phenomial.i dot how well Kamal and Lal acted in this movie as I didn’t see this movie i don’t know much about Kamal.I can’t say authentically about his acting I seen only 5 movies of him but in those movies he acted superbly. But I can say about Mohanlal I seen almost all his movies. He is a superb acter dear, with a lot of versatility.
    One thing I like most is his timing and the way he modifies his talks. If u watches his movies many times u may get surprised, then you would realize how naturally he acted. I don’t know how effectively he use other languages, .did u see “Company” and just watch the way he performed his role, he was simply outstanding. Just look the way he moves especially his eyes but his Hindi was quite poor in that filim. U may say he lacks energy even in “company” also, a mid aged and matured police man will only react in that way dear. U entirely blamed Malayalam actors in Ur comment surely I believe u didn’t see many. All Ur comment were quite immatured and atleast watch some Classic films and just try to understand what is acting, how to judge acting and actors then make your valuable comment. Then that “PODI PASANGA” if u see some more Tamil and Malayalam films of course u would change Ur opinion dear. so byeeee

  2. Agree with Suresh. Lal is a big letdown in spite of getting more screen time that Kamalhaasan. I think that is why people in Kerala has rejected the film. Lal should not have chosen this role, since it is not a role which fits him. It is very tough to withstand questions asked by non-mallus about his performance in UPO.

  3. To Suresh :

    I think first of all you should respect the people atleast for their age & contribution to the industry they work. By your posts it seems u really lack of any sense that must be in ur brain, which normally everyone posses.

    It is crude & unethical to say that every one who ever acted in “A wednesday ” as a god and others are not worth doing things. It requires a lot of courage and discipline to preform in front of camera with lot & lot of techniques involved in it. I would think u would be better off in scribling something with out a courage even to the reply for the posts that have been written to you. So it seems a silly fellow shouting at some wall and leaving without a trace.

    It would be better instead of typing such an dubious long post. Try to learn something from their acts. I know niether the theme nor the msg would be entered in your head….even the best actors can make it possible to you. So before jumping to any conclusion try to understand effort that has been put by these incandesant actors Padmasree Kamal Hassan, & Padmasree Mohanlal in their hardwork, discipline, dedication & love they show towards their work.

    I would also never deny about the vetrans in the North & also about their performances. They all did well in delivering what they really wanted too. So If ” A wendesday” is original, we all agree its original. And also “unnai pol oruvan” is also a good picture where it says the message once again clearly in a more regional manner.

    So suresh!!!! try to learn with your….. else u would be seen as a dog barking at sun.

    Arun

  4. What amazed me is how each of the actor and actress bring out the role. You see them as characters and not as cast. Really superb performance.

  5. […] SHAYUDEYUM, KHERINTEYUM NALAYALATHU ETHIYILLA, ORU KAANIYUDE ABHIPRAYAM ENTEYUM, suresh says: September 22, 2009 at 8:09 pm Enna Avamanam (what a disgrace). Enna Kodumai (What Agony) Compared to A Wednesday (as it […]

  6. Suresh, you really sucks man………. What you know about Mohanlal……… All mallus are not mere jokers to follow him……….. An actor will have a great fan following only if he is good………..I think you like some dishom dishom of Vijay a third class actor…………..Even you are a disgrace to whole Tamil community itself who have no self respect either. From children to elders every one loves mohanlal because of the characters he has played in several of films….. Thats why he got bharath & padmasree award along with Lt.Colonel title. How many actors todays have that title?

  7. Enna Avamanam (what a disgrace).
    Enna Kodumai (What Agony)
    Compared to A Wednesday (as it inevitably will be), Unnaipol Oruvan is a crude piece of shit with none of the suspense, none of the drama, and most importantly none of the sui generis acting of the Bollywood stalwarts Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher.

    Kamal Haasan (in a vain attempt at reprising Naseeruddin Shah’s role) and Mohan Lal (who plays Anupam Kher’s role here, i.e. the Police Commisioner) are podi pasanga (kids) compared to their Hindi counterparts.

    Kamal Haasan – Utter Farce
    Completely oblivious to our howls of pain, merciless in his cannibalistic orgy of the audience’s flesh, and heedless to our repeated pleas for relief, Kamal Haasan in Unnaipol Oruvan delivers a horribly bad and totally unconvincing performance.

    Not remotely credible as the terrorist and comically unconvincing as Unnaipol Oruvan (common man), it’s incredible that this Ulaga Madayan oops Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Haasan is marking 50 years in films. Only in Incredible India.

    With his ridiculously phony accent when he slips into English, too much blah blah blah in every call to the police chief, affected gestures and gross overacting, Kamal Haasan just does not allow for the buildup of the suspense and tension the way Naseeruddin Shah did so beautifully in A Wednesday.

    When Kamal Haasan’s character tells the Police Commissioner in the first call (??): I’m sure you are aware of the Czech state of the art explosives C4 we felt like crying at the stupidity of it all.

    If Naseeruddin Shah was a treat in every scene he featured in in the Hindi version, Kamal Haasan proves to be a torment.

    Naseeruddin Shah brought charm and elan even to simple scenes like standing on the terrace of the tall building, calmly replacing a SIM card, disposing off the old one down a long pipe and pouring himself a cup of tea from a flask.

    In not one scene in Unnaipol Oruvan did Kamal Haasan deliver the acting goods.

    If Unnaipol Oruvan is our reward for supporting this bozo for 50 long years in films, it’s the occasion not for celebration but time to gather the logs for the funeral – of art.

    Mighty Poor Execution
    Unnaipol Oruvan’s story hews mostly to the original plot of A Wednesday but it’s in the execution that director Chakri Toleti, Kamal Haasan, Mohan Lal et al stumble.

    They trip right into the opening scenes, fall flat on their faces into the mud, and never recover.

    The clashes between Mohan Lal’s character and Lakshmi’s character of Chief Secretary at the height of a terrorism crisis just didn’t fit into the movie at all. Plain silly.

    None of the dialogs in the Tamil version pack of punch of the muscular words in A Wednesday. Completely effete, particularly the conversation between the Police Commisioner and our ‘Terrorist.’

    The final scene in A Wednesday had a touch of class. Au contraire, the meeting between the Police Commisioner and our common man in Unnaipol Oruvan at the end had a touch of crass.

    As a young boy, Chakri Toleti messed up the pictures in Salangai Oli. As a grown up, Chakri Toleti messed up the full picture in Unnaipol Oruvan.

    How’s that for continuity?

    Mohanlal – Depressing
    A veteran of dozens of Malayalam movies, Mohanlal is a big letdown here.

    Anupam Kher brought a sense of urgency to the Police Commissioner’s office during the terrorism crisis adding to the tension.

    All that Mohanlal brought to Unnaipol Oruvan was a perpetual frown. And a bad one at that.

    Mohan Lal has taught us one key lesson – Not to think highly of all actors from Kerala.

    Others – A Joke
    As our neighbor said outside the theatre, even the side actors did very well in A Wednesday.

    How True.

    Jimmy Shergill, Aamir Bashir and Deepal Shaw brought credit to themselves in A Wednesday. Even the four terrorists, who had a limited role in A Wednesday, turned in a good job.

    The bozos in Unnaipol Oruvan just drew sniggers.

    God, what was the necessity to introduce that hag Lakshmi here. A total waste of film stock. The woman was tolerable when she was young because there was at least the blossom of youth to ogle at. That grimalkin now belongs in a kennel.

    Shruti Hassan = Zero
    To write any more about this coasting-on-her-connections little twit would be a waste of bandwidth, your time and ours.

    Skip This Movie
    Folks, unless you’ve taken leave of your senses, unless money is burning a mighty big hole in your pocket, unless you suffer from mastilagnia, stay away from this wanton insult that goes by the name Unnaipol Oruvan.

  8. In simple words, ‘Unnai Pol Oruvan’ can be regarded as ‘Better than the best’. It’s because, the remake version seems to be much stupendous than the original ‘A Wednesday’….Lt Conl Padmasree Bharath Mohan Lal is ‘wordlessly stupendous’ and he keeps you engrossing all throughout the show. As a matter of fact, he has got more importance than Kamal Haasan, who sweeps us off on our senses in climax portion….Kamal has did a nice movie once again, hands off the Unnai pol oruvan Team…:)

  9. really great.. Kamal u r the Best in the world. lovely movie. shoul break all previous collection, including Dasavadharam

  10. Kamal has set a trend for remake films. Kuruthipunal remake was also better than the original version. Again he proved that he is the best in the business. Thanks a lot for providing wonderful review. Kamal ji What’s next??????

  11. Simply better than the words to be honest!!!! Much more powerful and impact full compared to th original! A Wednesday was a good Movie but UPO is fantastic!!! Kamal Haasan and team have proved that remakes can be better than the Original!!! Fantastic dialogues ,awsome direction,hair raising music .Overall Unnai Pol Oruvan is a MUST WATCH FOR EVERY INDIAN irrespective of whether u have watched A Wednesday or not!!This one is classic and is a sure shot Box Office Hit!! A Collectors Item!! Hats Off to Kamal Haasan! My personal rating 5/5-Simply the Best Movie of The year!! Watch It and you would walk out of the Theaters recommending everyone you know to watch it once again!!! 5/5 FANTASTIC!

  12. very super…universal hero kamal hassan once again proved that he is one and only legend in india………..jai ho kal ji

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