Category Archives: Malayalam

Oopam (Malyalam)

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Oopam (Together) is a Malayalam crime thriller. The plot revolves around Jayaraman (Mohanlal), a blind lift operator and caretaker in an apartment building framed for a murder.

You see a simple blind lift operator with a good music sense. You hardly notice Mohan Lal. Time and time again he transforms as the part he his playing and drags you along his journey.  He, in my opinion, is a very good actor of present day Indian films. I am a fan of his acting and like his breezy style and realistic portrayals characteristic of many Malayalam heroes. He is special though.

The movie is intriguing with many sub plots and revolves around the abilities of Jayaraman to resolve the case. Some of the Kerala outdoor scenes will impres you.

Interesting movie and lives up to regular movie watcher’s expectations.

Watch it.

Rating: MA

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Maheshinte Prathikaaram (Malayalam)



The movie is about revenge. Revenge of a every day garden variety photographer in a small town. Don’t imagine violence, guns, blood shed and gory killings. Instead the revenge creates lots of humour and  an enjoyable comedy movie. The hero vows that he will not wear his slippers again until he has avenged the humiliation. That is it!

Fahadh Faasil, the hero, believe it or not is clad in a lungi most of the times and occasionally in simple pant and a shirt and as usual lives the part. Simple clean and a typical good Malayalam movie. Good Friday night watching.

Rating: PG

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30 Good Malayalam Movies


Here is my list of 30  good Malayalam movies to watch:

1.    1983
2.    22 Female Kottaym
3.    Bangalore Days
4.    Charlie
5.    Diamond Necklace
6.    Drishyam
7.    Ennu Ninte Moideen
8.    Iyobinte Pusthakam
9.    Jacob Inte Swarga Rajyam
10.    Jacobinte Swargarajyam
11.    Jomonte Suvisheshangal
12.    Kali
13.    Katha Parayompol
14.    Mahesh Inte Prathikaram
15.    Manjadikuru
16.    Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol
17.    Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi

18.    North 24 kataham
19.    Om Shanthi Oshaana
20.    Oppam
21.    Ore Vadakan Selfi
22.    Oru Indian Pranayakadha
23.    Pathemari
24.    Pattam Pole
25.    Premam
26.    Punyalan Agarbathi
27.    Ramante Edanthottam
28.    Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram
29.    Su su sudhi vathmeekam
30.    Thattathin Marayathu

Manjadikuru (Malayalam: English: Lucky Red Seeds)

This movie has won lots of awards. National and International. Deserves everyone of them. Yet another riveting movie from Kerala.

The movie is in four layers.The elder (father) of a family (disjointed)  in a Kerala village dies and the family (4 sisters and two brothers) comes down for the last rites. The siblings are not necessarily happy and friendly to each other.  A few of them are also vying for the property. They form a layer.

The children of the siblings (two boys, Vicki, Kannan and a girl) form the layer two.

Roja, a domestic help trafficked from Tamil Nadu to work in this family  and treated badly by the people of the house hold (played by Vyjayanthi whose real life is no different to the character she plays ) is the layer three.

The fourth layer is the narration (voice and a small appearance by Prithviraj), in the background, by the older Vicki of his recollection of the happenings of the 16 days that follows someones death.

Anjali Menon (writer and director and awardee ‘Best Debut Direction by a Woman at New Jersey ISACF, New York, US’) like a ‘spinning plates’ trickster, spins a wonderful and intriguing story of each of the layers by themselves at times and together at other times. The movie handles expertly the complexity of  the grownups and contrasts it with pure happiness of childhood. The backcloth for all the drama is a beautiful Kerala village. Prithviraj acts with his voice! The rest of the cast is maneuvered skillfully by the director into good performances without overdose. With so many people in a  small space, the characters do not crowd you and create a chaos. You simple get a window seat to watch the family functioning in this case dis-functioning. Trade mark Malayalam movie.

The movie has a strong message about child labor and trafficking of girls into Kerala as domestic help and their abuse.In my opinion it teaches a lesson to the audience in  a way cinema is meant to.

Powerful movie and good watch for the whole family. Get young children to watch and teach them the right ways of life.

Rated G. Few scenes with a dead body and you may want to be with your young children.


Su.. Su… Sudhi Vathmeekam (Malayalam)

I find a new meaning for the word ‘Movies’. It moves you somewhere within.This movie did that for me and I am sure you will feel the same way. This is an extraordinary movie about an ordinary person, Sudhi, with a short coming; Stammering!. Life is not easy and the movie revolves around how Sudhi’s normal life is (nothing really is normal if you have such an unfortunate problem). The narration is crisp with a stellar performance by Jayasurya supported by typical non-nonsense Malayalam cast. Shivada Nair (Kalyani) is a Malayali and looks the part.

I have become Jayasurya’s fan, instantly.  Like many of his contemporaries  Jayasurya becomes the part. You see an ordinary everyday Malayali with stammering to make his life difficult and at times unberable. Yet there is a light at the end of his tunnel. The story is simple and the movie keeps it that way.

Another classic Malayalam movie with no excess, silly comedy or sentimental overdrive.

I have rated it 5 stars.

I never thought I will write this. But, please do see this movie with your family.

Rating G

Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol (Malayalam)

(English: When the Grapevines Sprout)


Movie tailor made for Mohanlal. He does the trick again by not acting but becoming the part. Such is Mohanlal’s talent.

This is a story about a bored middle aged person rediscovering his spouse, the love they shared, he forgot and he rediscovered. Once again very Malayalam movie and no nonsense. The acting is sensible and realistic without excess. There are no punch dialogues, no terrible comedy, no one man beating ten people for thirty minutes and no double meaning words. Also good see that the the movie’s dialogues are in Malayalam,

Meena and Mohanlal have a combined chemistry and screen presence. She provides a simple and effective performance.

The message for Young girls is impressive, specially when the neighbouring Tamil mainstream is propagating ‘every behaviour and crossing limits are acceptable. I would have loved see less drinking scenes but part of it is the story line.

Good weekend movie.

Rating MA15+  Lots of drinking scenes.3 STARS

Jomonte Suvisheshangal (Malayalam)

JomonteJomonte Suvisheshangal (Jomon’s Gospels) is about a spoilt son of a rich man coming of age/maturity the hard way and come to term with real life.

Dulquer Salmaan in the lead role charms you no end. He is natural talent combined with boyish charms make his movie very watchable. He is supported by wonderful performance by Mukesh as the father. Credit to the director Sathuyan Anthikad not to over drive the sentimental screw.

Aiswarya Rajesh as usual lights up the screen with her dusky appeal. Another chunky role well delivered. You can’t help becoming her fan. The chemistry between Dalquer and her is something to look forward to in future movies.

Yet another Malayalam movie which manages to underplay and under perform and keeps you  very interested. ‘Neelakasham’ song and its picturisation is a rare treat. Instant hit song. Good family movie.

Rating G3 STARS