The Malayalam film industry has made quite a name with it’s uniqueness and especially it’s storylines that reflects the happenings in the society in different manners. So here are a few Malayalam movies that will definitely keep you thinking..
1. Amma Arian (1986)
Amma Arian directed by the prominent avant grade film maker
revolves around the events that occur following the death of a young Naxalite. The movie stars
in the lead role and the movie sheds light on the dilemmas and the tension that several characters goes through in a rebellious situation that existed for a cause, making it the only South Indian film to be referred to the British film institute.
2. 'Mathilukal' (1989)
Based on the novel of the same name, written by
Vaikom Muhammad Basheer
, based on his autobiographical novel which focuses on the time when he was in jail, where he happens to form a unique friendship with a female inmate from the other jail. Though separated by walls yet they form a strong bond of friendship. Directed by
, it won numerous awards at various film festivals around the world.
Shutter has been Directed by the talented actor Joy Mathew. He proved that he is a talented director as well with his debut venture. This movie has several characters put in different situations by life and the society. Although strangers to one another, they somehow become a helping hand to each other. Starring actors like Srinivasan Lal, the film urges you to look at people and situations from a different perspective.
4. Chinthavishatayaaya Shyamala (1998)
An ardent follower of Malayalam movies from the mainstream audience would be no stranger to this particular one. Director Sathyan Anthikad is known for making movies that bring out the issues happening around one's self and portraying it in a pleasant manner. The movie definitely finds a place in your heart. The movie revolves around the situations faced by a a woman who stands on her own feet when her husband fails to fulfill his responsibilities and desserts her. Actor Srinivasan and actress Sangeetha did complete justice in their respective roles.s.
This movie is termed as one of those new generation Malayalam movies, wherein certain happenings takes place in a single day where various individuals from different social backgrounds work together for completing a task, each driven by reasons of their own. Directed by Rajesh Pillar and scripted by the famous duo Bobby-Sanjay, this movie keeps you on the edge from the start till the end.
City Of God
Directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, it tells us the story of a group of migrant workers from Tamil Nadu and the Mafia criminals in the city of Cochin. This film shows How certain individuals from both the sides face harsh situations that they now have to free themselves from.The movie gives a peak into the lives of the workers who come from different states as well as of those people involved in the illegal activities happening in Cochin.
7. 'Kathaviseshan' (2004)
The movie unlike many others, begins with the death of the protagonist played by actor '
'. The story takes on from there where the fiancé of the character starts to do a bit of an investigation to find out the reason behind her fiancé’s sudden death and in an interesting turn of events she comes to know a lot of surprising details about the life he led.
8. 'Ozhimuri' (2012)
Written and directed by actor Madhupal, who is well-known for making movies that are inspired by the happenings in the society . Ozhimuri looks into a very unique lifestyle that prevailed in the Nair community of southern Travancore that followed a matrilineal system, therefore making women the successor of the families and it also shows how the life of the people unfolds in ways unexpected.
9. Patham Nilayile Theevandi (2009)
The movie tells the story of a person who used to work for the Indian Railways who later ends up in an asylum due to his mental instability. His son who never sympathized with his father is told by the psychiatrist that he may suffer from the same mental instability which turns out to be Schizophrenia. The father and son duo played by actors Innocent and Jayasuriya have lived on as the characters onscreen.
10. Kerala Café (2009)
Kerala Café is an anthology film produced by director '
' and directed by a team of 10 directors starting from Lal Jose to M.Padmakumar. Each story is unique and has distinct characters that have different stories to say and the audience will definitely be in for a surprise during every story which will keep the audience interested till the very end.