Verdict: This Mammootty starrer has plenty of moments that keep you hooked to the film.

After Anuraga Karikkin Vellam, Khalid Rahman directs and co-writes his second movie, this time starring Mammootty in the lead role. The film also features Ranjith, Arjun Ashokan, Shine Tom Chacko, Rony David, Jacob Gregory, Dileesh Pothen, Kalabhavan Shajohn, Gokulan, and Lukman among many others. Prashant Pillai has composed the music, while Harshad has co-written the story. The film is about a Kerala police unit sent to a Maoist affected area for election duty and their five days in the locality.

What’s Unda About:

Many groups of trainees in the Kerala Police are sent to various sensitive parts of the country for election duty. One such unit reaches the Maoist affected area of Chhattisgarh. They are further divided and a unit consisting of nine policemen lead by S I Manikandan aka Mani (Mammootty) is posted at a school in the village. The team is not sufficiently armed for a Maoist attack – all they have are lathis, shields, and guns that they hardly know how to use with minimal bullets. The Maoists, however, have planted various land mines across the region and are heavily armed. Initially, no one takes the situation seriously until one night, they are attacked. Mani requests for more weapons and bullets but gets no positive response. Finally, Election Day arrives and the team is still under-armed. The policemen stand together regardless of their egos and differences and decide to face the attacks if any. Will they all go home safe? Are they going to get enough bullets? Will the Maoists attack them? Watch Unda for answers.

What Works:

Usually, policemen in cinema are portrayed either as villains or demigods. But in Unda, Khalid Rahman and Harshad have come up with a story where you get to see the real side of them – their hardships, goodness, flaws and much more that shows they are normal human beings like all of us. Mammootty’s character might remind you of Nair Saab or Sangham where he is surrounded by youngsters, but here, he is a very ordinary man with no extraordinary powers. It’s been a while since we have seen him portray the role of an ordinary, helpless man and that’s quite refreshing to watch. The second half has moments towards the end that give you goosebumps with some realistic action. The other actors including Shine Tom, Arjun Ashokan, and Lukman have done a fantastic job. Their performances make you feel like you’re watching a real-life story. The situational humor and dialogues crack you up. Prashant Pillai’s score with a tribal touch is excellent. Asif Ali’s cameo is fun. Sajith Purushan’s cinematography and Nishad Yusuf’s editing are the highlights of the film.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The first half seems long without much going on but that is overpowered by all the action in the second half. There are no mass action scenes or dialogues from Mammootty that might disappoint some fans.

Why You Should Watch:

Unda is a feel-good movie with a well-written script. It has moments that would make you feel sorry for our police department. Unda is for everyone who loves to watch some excellent acting from Mammootty. Book your tickets for a cinema hall near you and enjoy the film.

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