1. Oru Cheru Punchiri
Directed by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, this movie tells the story of an old couple who lives in complete harmony with nature. Not only humans, but the trees, birds, animals and wind play their parts in the picture. It won the 2001 National Award for the Best Environmental Film.
, Nirmala Sreenivasan, Sindhu, and Jayakrishnan appear in the lead roles in the movie. It is also a warning against the ignorance of human beings to nature.
Directed by Joshi Mathew, this picture tells the story of a man Luke, who lives in wood, detached from the city life. It depicts the core beauty of a forest to its fullest extent. In 2012, it got the National Award for the Best Environmental Film. Manoj K. Jayan,
play the lead roles in the movie. It also has a thrilling and adventurous narrative.
Directed by Jayaraj, this 2015 film derived its inspiration from the short story Vanka written by Anton Chekov. The Malayalam word Ottaal means trap. It received two National Awards, one State Award, and many other awards in the International Film Festivals. The picture also delivers a socially relevant message on environment protection and conservation. Kumarakom Vasudevan,
Shine Tom Chacko
, and Ashanth K Shah play the lead roles in the movie.
This film focuses on discussing the serious environmental and health hazards caused by the excessive use of endosulfan in the district of Kasaragod, Kerala. Directed by Dr. Biju, it has Kunchako Boban,
in the lead roles. This picture won many accolades including a National Award in 2015 for the Best Environmental Film. Apart from the purpose of entertainment, this movie also serves as a reminder of the deadly deeds of human beings.
5. Bhoomiyude Avakashikal
This film features Sreenivasan, Kailash, and Mythili in the lead roles, telling the story of a man who lives in the company of the insects and birds. The title of the movie which means ‘the inheritors of Earth’ is taken from the novel of
Vaikom Muhammad Basheer
of the same name. It has many insects and animals playing pivotal roles. The picture got screened at many International Film Festivals and received much attention.
Yet another film from the veteran director Dr. Biju, Perariyathavar is a movie that revolves around the marginalized class of the society.
, Indrans, Nedumudi Venu, and Master Govardhan play the lead roles in this picture. It received two National Awards in 2013; one for Suraj Venjaramood, and another for the Best Film on Environment. It also won numerous accolades in many National and International Film Festivals.
7. Dam 999
This movie tells about the destructive force of an outdated and dilapidated dam. Set in the backdrop of the controversial Mullaperiyar issue, this picture is a reminder against the ignorance of the authorities. Directed by
, it has Rajith Kapur,
, Vinay Ray, and
in the lead. The picture got released in more than 500 theaters in India and screened at many Film Festivals.
This 1997 film is not one of a kind that you can find in Malayalam cinema. With a unique story and presentation, it became the first Indian film to enter the Oscar nominations. It portrays a different world in which people live peacefully with nature, without eyesight. Directed by
, it has Mohanlal,
, Nedumudi Venu, and Madhupal playing in the lead. This movie is a rebellion against the raging terrorism and ignorance that rules human race.
9. Adaminte Makan Abu
This film conveys a message of communal harmony and unity among different classes of people. It won Salim Kumar, a National Award, and a State Award for his performance.
, Mukesh, and Nedumudi Venu also appear as other characters. The picture also received many accolades for its music, cinematography, and direction.
10. Veettilekkulla Vazhi
With a unique story and presentation, this 2011 movie bagged a National Award for the Best Malayalam Feature Film. Directed by Dr. Biju, it has Prithviraj, Master Govardhan, Indrajith, and
Dhanya Mary Varghese
in the lead. It is the story of a doctor who goes in search of the father of a child whom he met in an accident. This picture received many accolades and awards in different International Film Festivals.