It is not an easy task to create the same magic of the original, which was acclaimed by both critics and audiences. Chakri Tolati’s Unnaipol Oruvan has done it and it has even gone a bit forward in presenting the wrath of common man against the menace called terrorism.
Unnaipol Oruvan is undoubtedly an improved version of ‘A Wednesday’. The movie narrates the unforgettable day in the life of police commissioner Raghavan Maraar (Mohanlal), who gets a phone call from a person who demands the release of terrorists and says that he set the city on high explosives. The subsequent events clearly prove that it was not a fake threat to fool the police.
How the commissioner tackles the issue and what is the real motive of the man who calls the commissioner for the crux of the story, slickly narrated in one hour and forty minutes.
Kamal Haasan, who has just finished half a century in cinema industry, has done his job very well by lending credibility and power to the role of a common man. He has to be applauded to choose a role that doesn’t have any ‘action’ on screen.
Mohanlal has rendered a power packed performance. His majestic way of handling the character is amazing. His interactions with Chief Secretary (well enacted by veteran Lakshmi) are quite impressive.
Besides Kamal and Mohanlal, almost all the characters including Ganesh Venkat Ram, Prem (cops) and Lakshmi (Chief Secretary) have a role to play.
The dialogues are sharp and focused, courtesy writer Era. Murugan.
The people of south might remain isolated from the problems of rest of the country in terms of communal riots and horrible bomb blasts. But UPO successfully tries to drive home the point that the terrorism is not an isolated thing.
Compared to A Wednesday, UPO tries to be more politically correct and sensitive. There are four terrorist in the film. One of the four terrorists is Hindu, a weapon supplier. Apart from bomb blasts engineered by Islamic terrorism, it also speaks about Hindu terrorism witnessed in Gujarath a few years ago.
Debutant music director Shruthi Haasans music passes muster, while Manojs cinematography is flawless.
UPO conveys a timely message to everyone without the help of gimmicks, used by many other message oriented films. Watch UPO for its sincerity, amazing performances, and smart presentation.