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Path Breaking Movies of Malayalam Cinema

Here is the list of movies in Malayalam (a regional language of India) Cinema which have upheld the Industry in to another strata along in it's legacy of 9 decades.

Jeevitha Nauka

Released : 1951
Directed : K.Vembu
Starred : Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair, Saroja
The first commercial success of Malayalam Cinema. It had changed the horoscope of the industry. Cinema had been considered as a medium of commercial significance after this movie.


Released : 1954
Directed : P.Bhaskaran, Ramu Kariat
Starred : Sathyan, Miss Kumari
The first serious approach in Malayalam Film Industry. The first National Award of the industry is in the name of this movie. It got National Award for Best Feature Film in Malyalam.


Released : 1965
Directed : Ramu Kariat
Starred : Sathyan, Sheela, Madhu
The first Best Film National Award winning movie of Malayalam. It was a new treatment of narration and film making in the industry. It hadalso introduced new style of Art Direction and Background Music.

Olavum Theeravum

Released : 1970
Directed : P.N.Menon
Starred : Madhu, Usha Nandhini
The first recognized art movie of Malayalam Industry. It was the first initiative of the industry to understand language of cinema. The great writer M.T.Vasudevan Nair had remarked with this movie.


Released : 1972
Directed : Adoor GopalaKrishnan
Starred : Madhu, Sharada
The debut movie of the great filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan. The name Malayalam Cinema had been established in Indian Cinema by this movie. It had grabbed 4 national awards of that year including Best Director and Movie.


Released : 1973
Directed : M.T.Vasudevan Nair
Starred : P.J.Antony, Kaviyoor Ponnamma
It was the first directorial venture of M.T. Vasudevan Nair. The Malayalam industry got National Award for Best Actor by this movie for the first time. P.J. Antony had rewarded with the Bharath Award in 1974.


Released : 1975
Directed : Bharathan
Starred : Mohan Sharma, Lakshmi
The beginning movie of the partnership between writer Padmarajan and director Bharathan. They had created magical and emotional movies after this movie.

Manjil Virinja Pookkal

Released : 1980
Directed : Fazil
Starred : Mohanlal, Shankar, Poornima Jayaram
The first new generation movie of Malayalam industry. The great director Fazil and the complete actor Mohanlal had been introduced by this movie.

My Dear Kuttichathan

Released : 1984
Directed : Jijo
The first 3D Movie of India. The technology of Malayalam movie Industry had been recognized by this movie. It was a huge success in India.

Ramji Rao Speaking

Released : 1989
Directed : Siddhique Lal
Starred : Mukesh, Saikumar, Rekha
Another path breaking movie of Malayalam. One of the most commercially successful movie of the industry. The youngsters and young directors began to recognize after this cinema.




Released : 2009
Directed : Shyamaprasad
Starred : Nishan, Asif Ali, Rima Kallingal
The first movie which canvassed the real youth of Kerala. It was an unsuccessful and unremarkable movie of that time but shall be recognized in coming generations.