TOP 10 MALAYALAM MOVIES WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
This 2011 film written by 'Bobby-Sanjay' became one of the most popular socially relevant films in the history of Malayalam cinema. The picture got its story from a real incident of heart transplantation that happened in Chennai. The heart for transplantation was transported from one hospital to another, within a limited time, thus saving a life. Directed by Rajesh Pillai, the movie gives a message to humanity. It gained a commercial success and also bagged many accolade and critical appreciations.
2. "How Old Are You?"
It is a highly motivating film, which gives a push to women empowerment all over the country. Directed by Rosshan Andrrews, it features the comeback of Manju Warrier to Malayalam cinema. It is the story of a 36-year old woman, Nirupama Rajeev, who steps up the stones of success to attain National Recognition. It also gives a message of the importance of using pesticide-free vegetables. The movie made it to the top of the hit-list of the year 2014.
The film Sandhesam, as the name suggests, is indeed a message to the political activists all over the world. Directed by Sathyan Anthikad, it features 'Jayaram', 'Sreenivasan', 'Thilakan', and 'Siddique' in the lead roles. It gives the message that any political activist should first take care of his family, and only then, he has the right to reform the society. The screenplay of Sreenivasan incorporates a lot of humor and satire, which in turn makes a dig at the fake politicians. For this script, Sreenivasan got a State Award in the year 1991.
This 2013 film features the comeback of Shobana Chandrakumar Pillai into the Malayalam film industry after a long break. Directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan; the story portrays the theme of illegal women trafficking. It has Shobana in the role of Dr. Rohini, who is a social worker and a women activist. It gives a strong message against the sexual abuse of girls and children. The cinematography of Jomon T. John along with the background score of Shaan Rahman has given a different mood to the movie. Dhyan Sreenivasan, Deepak Parambol, and Amritha Anil appear as other characters.
5. "Bhakthajanangalude Sradhakku"
This film makes a dig at the fake Sanyasis, who declares themself to be the incarnations of God. Directed by Priyanandanan, it features Kavya Madhavan as Sumangala, in the lead role. It also shows us how alcohol can ruin a whole family. The story got its theme from a real incident regarding a fake god-woman Divya Joshi, who finally resorted to suicide.
This film has a great significance in the present scenario, where alcohol ruins many families. Directed by Ranjith Balakrishnan, this movie is a satire on the alcoholics of Kerala. It portrays many instances as the messages to the society against the drinking habit. It got a National Award in 2012 for the Best Film on Social Issues. Produced by Aashirvad Cinemas, it made a huge commercial profit as well as critical acclaim. It features 'Kanika', Shankar Ramakrishnan, 'Lena', 'Kalpana', and Nandu in other roles.
7. "Calcutta News"
This film is built on the theme of women trafficking. Directed by 'Blessy', it stars 'Dileep', Indrajith Sukumaran, and Meera Jasmine in the lead roles. The story happens in Calcutta (now Kolkata), where a girl named Krishna is trapped by her husband who tries to sell her to the sex rackets. It gives a message against these sex mafias that are active in many parts of Calcutta. Though the film did not make much profit at the box-office, it got a wide critical appreciation for its socially relevant theme.
8. "Makante Achan"
This picture directed by 'V M Vinu' is a message to all the parents in the world. It stars 'Sreenivasan' and 'Vineeth Sreenivasan' in the lead roles. It portrays the conflicts between the dreams of a father and the passion of a son. It gives a message that children should be left free to fulfill their dreams, rather than to make the parents proud. It was a great success at the box-office and ran for more than 150 days. Suhasini Maniratnam, Salim Kumar, and Jagathy Sreekumar play the other roles.
9. "Action Hero Biju"
This film gives us a message as to how a police officer should be. Directed by Abrid Shine, it stars Nivin Pauly in the role of SI Biju Paulose. The picture has many instances carved out of real-life, which makes it more exciting and interesting. It became a top hit at the box-office, collecting about 30 crores. The last voice over is also worth noticing, as it tells about the power of an ordinary police officer.
It is a Rajesh Pillai film, released in 2015, starring Amala Paul and Nivin Pauly in the lead. It motivates the younger generation to come out of their shelves and fly free. Amala Paul plays the character of Mili, who is a reserved and introvert person. Nivin Pauly appears as Naveen, a trainer of soft-skills who motivates her to climb upwards in life. It gives a positive message that our heart is the greatest power, and with it, we can attain any heights.