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Top 10 Malayalam Films You Need To Watch

Malayalam films have formed a niche for out-of-the-ordinary scripts and storytelling so much so that they have inspired a lot of remakes in other languages and created cult movies. Here's a list of some of the best Malayalam movies you need to watch right away if you haven't.

1

Drishyam

Drishyam

This movie is promoted as the Malayalam movie with no mistakes. Drishyam is a fast-paced story of a movie-buff and how he evades the law to keep his family safe. The cinematography and the acting along with the witty story-line all adds to this creative masterpiece.

2

Manichithrathazhu

Manichithrathazhu

The hindi movie version of this movie namely Bhul Bhulaiya is much more well-known but this malayalam movie is the original one that was adapted in the hindi version.

3

Thoovanathumbikal

Thoovanathumbikal

Released in 1987, this romantic movie based on the book Udakappola still enjoys a huge cult following. Jayakrishnan lives a two different lives, one in town with his friends and the other in his village when he meets sex-worker-to-be Clara, which takes him on a completely different journey.

4

1983

1983

First time director fashion photographer Abrid Shine was highly appreciated for his debut and won a lot of awards for this movie about a boy who loses his love and life due to his craze for cricket, and his final try to realize his big dream. Actor Nivin Pauly proved his acting chops in this movie making him an actor to watch out for in the south industry.

5

Sandesham

Sandesham

Sandesham is considered as a classic in the Malayalam movie history. Written by Sreenivasan, the story starts off with Raghavan Nair who retires as station master from a small town in Tamil Nadu, returns home to his family in Kerala while his sons are pitted against each other as they contest for the local elections causing a lot of drama and comedy.

6

Bangalore Days

Bangalore Days

Bangalore Days is a touching story of three cousins who fulfill their dream of moving to bangalore and how it changes their lives.

7

Ustad Hotel

Ustad Hotel

Faizi, an aspiring chef tries to fulfil his dream by helping his grandfather, Kareem, run his hotel when he fails to receive support from his father.

8

Munnariyippu

Munnariyippu

Raghavan is a simple and lonely man, comes out of jail and meets Anjali, a journalist who wants to prove herself professionally, changing his life forever. A thriller that will make you grip your seat!

9

Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja

Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja

Set in the backdrop of the seventeenth century, the royal family of Kottayam is ruled by Pazhassi. The British government begins to impose heavy taxes on the locals in the Thalassery region of Kerala. This movie had a budget of 270 million rupees which is obvious with the grandeur shown in the movie but it does not disappoint!

10

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana

Pooja Mathew, a student of class 10, falls in love with Giri, a politician's son. She decides to ask him out on the day of Oshaana, but he turns her down telling her to concentrate on her studies.