Director: Khalid Rahman
Cast: Mammootty as SI Manikandan aka Mani Sir, Ranjith as CI Mathews Anthony, Dileesh Pothaan as CI Mathukutty, Shine Tom Chacko as JoJo Samson, Arjun Ashoka as Constable Gireesh T. P., and Bhawan Tiwari as ITBP officer Kapil Dev.
Unda tells the story of a group of unassuming Kerala police officers led by a middle-aged SI Manikandan aka Mani who had never fired a bullet in his career who goes on official duty in a Maoist hit area (Bastar). It is their survival despite facing insurmountable odds like lack of training proper for the job, ammunition, weapons, and even moral support.
All these officers are from various walks of life. Mani Sir, as he is called, hasn't seen any ups and downs in his career. It's a steady job at most. He is unprepared for such a dangerous task. For a man who never fired an Unda (bullet) in his life, having seen a bunch of people wielding guns and shooting at his own people is a near traumatic ordeal.
Up until then, these guys haven't taken this all too much seriously. Another of the bunch is a man who is angry with life as his marital life is in serious trouble. A youngster who is about to get married. A man whose wife has just given (after he reaches Bastar) birth to a beautiful set of twin daughters. Add insult to the injury, the central force doesn't take them seriously and make fun of them at every opportunity. How these policeman survive form the rest of the story.
Unda received a unanimous positive critical acclaim both for its layered and subtext filled narration and Mammootty's shedding the stardom and bringing out the actor in him sort of role is specifically loved by one and all. The movie went on to become a blockbuster at the box office.