Kaliyattam is Jayaraj’s version of Shakespear’s ‘Othello.’ The movie had Manju portraying the role of Desdemona. The film was an exploration of the human nature and deep emotions, set against the backdrop of Theyyam-a traditional art form.
Suresh Gopi played the role of the gullible Othello, while Lal played the evil Iago.
Daya has been based on M.T Vasudevan Nair’s novel of the same title. The story has been set in ancient Arabian times. Manju plays Daya, an intelligent girl whose cleverness impresses a lord so much so that he kidnaps her. How she escapes from his captivity forms the rest of the plot.
Kanmadam had Manju playing the role of a strong and independent woman, who is not ready to bow down before the challenges life throws at her. This emotional drama by A K Lohithadas had a stellar cast including Mohanlal, Lal, and Siddique, but Manju’s performance outshone theirs by leagues.
Manju Warrier one of the most popular actors of the time. The Sundar Das’ directorial was the tale of a naïve village girl who dreams of becoming a singer. How she falls in love with another aspiring singer and the way this relationship changes her life forever forms the rest of the story.
5.How Old Are You?(2014)
This Rosshan Andrews movie marked the comeback of Manju Warrier into cinema; and the film itself was about a housewife re-finding her dreams, which she had to put down for a family life. The movie raises the question, ‘Who decides the expiry date of a woman’s dreams?’ The blockbuster rocketed Manju to the position of a superstar, making her a mascot for feminism in Kerala.
6.Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu(1999)
Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu was Manju’s last movie, before she took a break from the industry post-marriage. This T.K Rajeev Kumar revenge drama had acquired the status of a classic due to its intense and thrilling storyline. Manju played a young girl who decides to take revenge on a cruel landlord who killed her parents.
Pathram had Suresh Gopi and
Biju Menon, playing the lead alongside Manju. This Joshiy directorial had her playing a journalist who struggles to keep her dead father’s newspaper company going, even while fighting a crime nexus which would go to any length to stop the newspaper’s investigative journalism.
Another Sundar Das’ directorial, this movie revolved around a temple festival and the lives of hawkers and vendors who throng on the temple grounds. Manju plays a young girl whose has been promised to marriage to a knife seller by her elder brother. But she falls in love with a percussion artist, and this causes trouble in the community.
Vettah was director Rajesh Pillai’s final movie, and he died during its post-production work. Vettah was an investigative thriller in which Manju and Indrajith play two cops who investigate a disappearance case. But things get more twisted as their suspect reveals dark secrets about his past.
This Rima Kallingal-Manju Warrier starrer was a travel movie that celebrated feminism. It narrated the tale of two women who are tryong to to escape the society they are in, travels across North-India.Made by Ashiq Abu, this movie is one of the few in Malayalam, that explored the beauty of the Himalayas.