TOP 10 LOWBUDGET MALAYALAM MOVIES THAT BECAME SUPERHITS
The Malayalam film industry is known for portraying relevant subjects authentically in films with fewer commercial elements. It has innovated colorful, specialized, and thematic production techniques among other language films in India. Most of the films in Molly Wood are realistic and enjoyable for the audience. Among them includes films made on minimal budgets that became massive hits. Let’s look at some such films that have become a massive success at the box office.
1. Aniyathipraavu (1997)
A 1997 Malayalam film written and directed by Fazil and starring Kunchacko Boban, Thilakan, Innocent, and Shalini in lead roles. The film has been remade in Tamil as ‘Kadhalukku Mariyadhai,’ and in Hindi as ‘Doli Saja Ke Rakhna.’ Made on a budget of Rs.79 lakh, the film became one of the biggest hits in the history of Malayalam cinema with a gross of Rs.16 crores at the box office .
2. Thanneer Mathan Dinangal (2019)
This romantic comedy film was released on 26 July 2019, directed by Girish A.D. The film stars Vineeth Sreenivasan, Mathew Thomas, and Anaswara Rajan in lead roles. The initial budget was Rs.3 crores. The movie broke all records and became a massive success in 2019. The total collection was around Rs.45 crores. The film’s plot travels through the higher secondary life of a boy named Jaison.
3. Jan.E.Man (2021)
Jan.E.Man is a 2021 comedic drama written and directed by Chidambaram S Poduval, starring Basil Joseph, Balu Varghese, Lal, Arjun Ashokan, and Ganapathi in lead roles. The story describes a young man who plans his birthday party to overcome his sadness and loneliness, but an unexpected death threatens the festivities. The movie performed well in the theaters and earned roughly Rs.4.52 crores within the first 12 days.
4. Happy Wedding (2016)
This 2016 romantic comedy film, directed by Omar Lulu was released under the banner of Eros International. Siju Wilson, Sharaf U Dheen, and Soubin Shahir were the main actors. The film begins with an engineering graduate deciding to marry due to the constant pressure of his mother. The budget was around Rs. 1.7 crores. Released on 20 May 2016, the movie collected Rs.14.5 crores at the box office.
5. Operation Java (2021)
This Malayalam movie, directed by debutant Tharun Moorthy with Vinayak, Balu Varghese, and Shine Tom Chacko in lead roles was released in theaters on 12 February 2021, with a production cost of Rs.4.5 crores. The film received positive reviews from critics and became a mega-hit. The story presents a group of cyber cell officers and focuses on the investigations undertaken by them. The film is a portrayal of real-life incidents.
6. Adi Kapyare Kootamani (2015)
Adi Kapyare Kootamani is a 2015 film directed by John Varghese, which stars Mukesh, Dhyan Sreenivasan, Neeraj Madhav, Aju Varghese, and Namitha Pramod in lead roles. The film budget was around Rs.2 crores, and collected approximately Rs.50 crores at the box office. With its sense of humor and thrilling climax, it became one of the best comedy movies ever made by Molly Wood.
7. Salt N’ Pepper (2011)
Salt N' Pepper is a romantic comedy film, directed by Aashiq Abu
8. Neram (2013)
Neram is a 2013 Malayalam film written and directed by Alphonse Puthren, starring Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nazim, and Bobby Simha in lead roles. The film was produced simultaneously in Tamil, and Malayalam and was shot entirely in Mandaveli, Madras. Rs.1.5 crores was the budget of the movie, and it collected approximately Rs.18 crores at the box office, thus becoming a massive success of the year.
9. Amar Akbar Anthony (2015)
Amar Akbar Anthony is a 2015 comedy thriller film, directed by Nadirsha. Bibin George, and Vishnu Unnikrishnan wrote the screenplay. Prithviraj Sukumaran, Jayasurya, and Indrajith Sukumaran played the lead roles, and Namitha Pramod was the heroine. The movie was released on 16 October 2015 and was a huge commercial success at the box office. The production cost of this film was Rs.6.70 crores, and its box office collection was around Rs.50 crores.
10. Premam (2015)
Premam is a Malayalam romantic film written and directed by Alphonse Puthren, starring Nivin Pauly in the lead role. Produced by Anwar Rasheed, the film stars newcomers Sai Pallavi, Anupama Parameswaran, and Madonna Sebastian as heroines. The film hit the theaters on 29 May 2015 and won critical acclaim. Within two weeks of its release, ‘Premam’ became the highest-grossing film of 2015. Produced on a budget of Rs.4 crores, the movie collected Rs.60 crores at the box office.