15 Malayalam Movies which I want the World to Watch ( Tearjerker)

Actually, I had stopped my series on Malayalam movies. But, one of my readers requested me for a list of Malayalam movies which are tearjerkers. So, here it is. Grab your tissues and get ready to weep.

**Spoilers all over**

15) Chithram (1988)

Chithram is a perfect movie which has all the commercial elements and it still stays a classic movie. The movie had record collections in the box office and ran for more than year in the theaters. The movie stars Mohanlal and Ranjini in the lead roles. Kalyani (Ranjini) decides to marry her boyfriend against her Father’s wishes. Her Father who stays abroad disowns her by hearing the decision. Kalyani gets ditched by her boyfriend on the day of their Register Marriage. She stays with her Father’s best friend, Kaimal (Nedumudi Venu), who is her local guardian. He gets a call from her Father saying that he has forgiven his daughter’s act and he is coming to India. To cover up the boyfriend story, Kaimal hires Vishnu (Mohanlal) to act has Kalyani’s Husband until her Father goes back. Three of them act well in front of her Father and Kalyani eventually falls in love with Vishnu. It is then a mysterious relative (Soman) comes to meet Vishnu. Three-fourth of the movie will take you on a laughter ride and the ending parts will make neutralize for it and make you cry.

14) Kaalapani (1996)

When you watch this movie as a kid, this is a patriotic movie but, as you grow-up this movie is more of an incomplete love story. The movie is about the sufferings of Indian prisoners who were brought to the cellular jail of Port Blair, Kala Pani.

The movie starts with Sethu (Vineeth) who is Parvati’s (Tabu) nephew going to Port Blair in search of his uncle. Govardhan (Mohanlal) who is a doctor gets arrested on the day of his wedding with Tabu. After reaching the jail, he witnesses the extreme behavior of the British people and suffers. Govardhan’s friendship with one of the British doctors,Len Hutton, helps in getting an order for the release of 14 people including him. Len goes to Mohanlal’s house and informs Parvati the good news. But, the sadistic jailers had plans to kill all 14 of them. Mukundan (Prabhu) was Mohanlal’s soulmate at the jail and he gets killed as part of the jailer’s plan. Govardhan kills the jailers in the fury and the order for his release is stopped. On the other side, Parvati will wait at the railway station for welcoming Govardhan and she ends up waiting there for decades. The movie ends with Sethu coming back from Port Blair and standing in front of Parvati without any answers.

12) Pavithram (1994)

What will you do if your parents expect a baby during their old age?

Unni (Mohanlal) is the second son of Easwara Pillai (Thilakan) and Devaki (Srividya). He is love and unofficially engaged to Meera (Shobhana). The family goes into a celebration mode when Devaki becomes pregnant in her old age. But, she dies during delivering a baby girl. After a heated argument, Easwara Pillai leaves the house and Unni decides to take care of the child. His decision strains his relationship with Meera and they breakup. Unni acts as both the Father and the Brother to the baby Meenakshi (Vindhuja Menon) and she starts calling him “Chettacha”.

The movie is about how he brings her up and his intense emotional attachments towards her. When she goes to a hostel in the city, Unni who is an aged villager becomes an embarrassment for her. Unni couldn’t digest the changes the city-life had brought on her. The movie ends with Unni losing his mind and unable to recognize her when she comes back home to apologize.

11) Ennenum Kannettante (1986)

It is a teenage love story between Kannan (Sangeeth) and his cousin Radhika(Sonia). They both must have come to their ancestral house for the summer vacation. After an ego clash, they realize their love for each other. When Kannan plans to reveal his love, the plan backfires badly on them. When it was time for her to go back to U.S, she waits for him before getting inside the train. He reaches the station only after the train had started and tries to get inside the train and fails. He goes unnoticed the token of love which she had left at the station and their love stays unsaid.

10) Santhanagopalam ( 1994)

The typical lower middle-class family where the sons are struggling to get a job. Kurup (Thilakan), the Father, works in a factory and he goes missing in an accident while traveling with the second son, Jagadish and the latter survives. After months of waiting, Kurup is declared dead. The sons are overjoyed as there is an insurance in the Father’s name. When the paperwork for claiming the insurance was about to finish, Kurup comes back home. Nobody except his wife is happy upon his arrival. When the insurance people come for verification, the sons will lock up the parents. The movie shows the extent to which the sons cold-heartedly torture the parents for the money.

9) Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal (1988)

I was so scared to leave my brother alone after watching this movie.

One day a beggar comes to a house and asks for water. The elder sister leaves the younger sister at the door and goes to fetch the water. When she comes back both the beggar and her sister must have disappeared. The movie then takes you through the life of the younger sister who had become a beggar and how she comes back to her home. The song “Kannaamthumpi Porammo” is an evergreen hit. Also, Revathi made one of her best performances as the beggar girl, Kakkothi.

8) Vatsalyam (1993)

A family movie which portrays the love and affection the middle-class families have for each other. Raghavan Nair (Mammootty) is the one who runs the family and his biggest dream is to see his younger brother Vijayakumaran Nair (Siddique) as an advocate. The latter was also set to marry his uncle’s daughter. But, things don’t go according to what Raghavan had planned. Vijayakumaran marries his mentor’s daughter who is from a wealthy family. The new member of the family is disgusted by the lifestyle of the lower middle class and she humiliates everyone. The misfit goes to such an extent that Raghavan and his family ends up leaving the house. The movie was a superhit which won accolades for Mammootty. This was the first directorial venture of the talented actor Cochin Haneefa.

8) Moonnam Pakkam (1988)

It is a belief that whatever goes into the sea will come back to the shore on the third day. This belief is called Moonnam Pakkam.

Thilakan lives a lonely life and it is his grandson, Jayaram, who lights up his life. Jayaram often visits Thilakan with his friends and during one such visits, Jayaram drowns in the sea and his friends survive. On the third day, his body come ashore and the family breaks down. Unable to handle the pain of loss, after the funeral, Thilakan shocks the family by going far into the sea and committing suicide.

7) Deshadanam (1996)

Mothers in Kerala cried as much as they could after watching this movie.The movie revolves around a Namboothiri family.The movie deals with the personal pains of the family when they had to send the family’s only child to a monastery.The songs are soulful and capture the depth of the heartache of the parents.My favorite scene is when the boy comes home after the ceremonies in the monastery. According to the rules,after the ceremony the kid is a spiritual person without any family ties but the boy is too young to understand the concept.He runs to his Mother calling “Amma” and she kneels down to show her respect to the boy.This broke my heart and I couldn’t resist my tears.

6) Thanmathra (2005)

Let me be truthful; I haven’t watched this movie yet, for the fear of depression. Mohanlal is a happy family man who works in a Government office. One day, he misplaces an office file in the fridge. Another time, he takes off his shirt in the office to take shower thinking he is the office. He gets diagnosed with Familial Alzheimer’s disease, a disease which causes a gradual loss of memory and cognitive abilities. The family supports him during this plight and the movie is a real tearjerker. Mohanlal’s performance was widely appreciated and the talk of the town was that nobody couldn’t hold back their tears during the movie.

5) Perumazhakkalam (2004)

Oh boy!! this movie is a melancholic poem on the backdrop of rain masquerading as the tears of the protagonists. The movie talks about the extreme emotions two wives had to undergo. Raziya (Meera Jasmine) who is a Muslim girl is married to Akbar (Dileep) who works in Gulf. During a fight, he accidently kills his friend Raghu Rama Iyer (Vineeth). Raghu comes from a Palakkad-Brahmin family and his wife is Ganga (Kavya Madhavan). To save Akbar from the death penalty, Raziya needs a letter signed from Ganga saying she has pardoned Akbar. The movie is about the emotions they both undergo and the bold decisions taken by them. Rain plays an important role in the movie as it thickens the heartache. On one side, there is a woman begging for her Husband’s life and on the other side, there is a woman who has lost her Husband and struggling to forgive the murderer. A must watch and a personal favorite.

4) Kaazhcha (2004)

I remember walking out of the theater with a lump in my throat after watching this movie. The director Blessy has a special talent in making people cry. Mammootty who is a passionate movie fan runs movies on his projector during village festivals. One day, he finds a boy who was displaced from his family during the earthquake in Gujarat. Mammootty takes the boy home and he becomes the part of the family. When life was going happy, legalities come to play and Mammootty had to take the kid back to Gujarat. The law forces him to leave the kid in the refugee camp as he can take the kid only after a confirmation that the kid’s family is no more. In the last scene, Mammootty tries his best to request the refugee camp in charge to inform him if such a confirmation comes. And, you can guess the rest.

3) Amaram ( 1991)

Who loves you unconditionally? Sea! That’s Achutty’s late realization.

Achutty (Mammootty) is a fisherman who has only a daughter. She studies well and becomes the first person on the shore to pass Class 10. But, she is in love with his childhood sweetheart who is unschooled. It was Achutty’s dream to make his daughter a doctor and he opposes the relationship to continue. But, the two elopes and gets married. The son-in-law (Ashokan) eventually impresses Achutty but his ego will make him challenge the boy often. After one of the quarrel sessions, the son-in-law goes to the sea to catch the shark and doesn’t come back. The blames lands on Achutty as he had also gone to sea that day. He tries to convince his daughter that he hasn’t killed the son-in-law. He risks his life and goes to the sea during the storm and finds the son-in-law unconscious. Though he proves his innocence, he loses trust and hope in others.
The song “Pulare Poonthoniyil” is a visual treat from the director Bharathan.

2) Daivathinte Vikrithikal (1992)

Haven’t you seen certain people who are too attached to their native place? This movie is made from M.Mukundan’s novel of the same name.

As an 8-year-old, this movie had bothered me so much that I couldn’t handle the tension of the protagonist. I cried and took the help of my Father to get over the depression. The movie happens in the independent Mahe. Alphonso (Raghuvaran) is a magician who refuses to migrate to France during the French decolonization of Mahe. The movie is about the agony he and his family had to undergo when miseries come as a flock. There is a scene where Alphonso had to sell his favorite piano and he looks at it in pain for the one last time. I still remember Raghvaran trying to show the magic to the “new” generation kids and failing to get the response he used to get earlier. Yes, we all hate change especially a change from our roots. This movie will make you understand what the elders undergo when they refuse to move in with you to greener pastures.

1) Akashadoothu (1993)

I will give you a million dollar in rupees if you can watch this movie without shedding tears.Take up the challenge,watch the movie and soil your tissues.

Happy Crying!!!

You can check out these too :

15 Malayalam Movies which I want the World to Watch (Drama)

15 Malayalam Movies which I want the World to Watch (Romance)

15 Malayalam Movies which I want the World to Watch (Suspense Thrillers)

And the Award goes to …

… the pride of Kerala, the Super Star …

It was in my Class 3 that I first won a prize for a competition. It was first prize for Malayalam elocution as part of the school’s annual cultural festival. The speech was about how reading habits will help us grow as a better individual. My Father had taken his train commute time to write the contents for me. If my memory is correct, it was my Grand Parents who listened to my rehearsal sessions and commented on my performance. Those days, society wasn’t obsessed with the performance of their kids. So, it was not a big deal at home about me performing in the competition.

Winning the competition did make an impact in my life. Today, if I am a passionate public speaker, this brass trophy was the starting point. I am thankful to the judges who made me the winner of the competition. So, if a small prize could make a shimmering spark in my childhood and gave me the confidence to grow as a mature speaker, I believe that prizes/awards are important for budding talents.

The Malayalam film awards have been disappointing me for quite a few years. The recent award function by a TV channel was never different from the past years. Malayalam industry can always boast about the immense talent pool which it possesses; also, the new talents too. But, the new talents are rarely recognized expect in the viral Facebook posts. The award functions make sure that the big giants of the industry get an award irrespective of their performance in the previous year. Yes, of course, I admit their past glory but how lame it is to award someone who had only duds last year. I am wondering how the stars feel in front of others when they are called upon for awards by belittling the upcoming talents and going blind on other brilliant performances. This is like giving away Best Cricketer Award every year to Sachin Tendulkar as he was the greatest batsman of the millennium.

How come Perariyathavar was ignored when Suraj Venjaramoodu won a National Award for his performance in the movie? There could have been a mention of the different treatment and style shown by the Aadu team. Aadu bombed at the box office and went on to become a torrent hit. Not recognizing the talents of Anend C Chandran, the 24-year old cinematographer of Premam movie is a sin. His brilliant frames have a huge part in the envious success of the movie. Premam enthusiasts can go back and check the bokeh effects Anend had done for the scenes of George and Malar; they are heart-shaped bokeh. The comedy timing and performance of Biju Menon in various movies are making those movies huge hits. Already, Malayalam cinema has the burden of the guilt of not honoring Jagathy Sreekumar when he ruled the lighter moments of Malayalam cinema. Oraalpokkam and Ain were not even mentioned. It was a shock that they ignored Pathemari for any awards despite brilliant performances by almost everyone in the movie.

If we continue watering the grown up trees ignoring the tender ones, awards might lose the purpose. Last year’s Malayalam Movie State Awards was an embarrassing slap on the audience’s faces. When rest of the World looks upon Malayalam movie industry for its talent, creativity and making, it is high time we should rethink about our awards.

Flower Friday – The Fallen Flower

This post is part of the Chennai Bloggers Club(CBC)’s Flower Friday series  initiated to keep the spirit of blogging alive and challenging.

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In my third standard,I learned few lines of an epoch-making poem written by Mahakavi Kumaran Asan for the recitation competition for that year’s school cultural festival. The poem won no prize as I forgot most of what I had mugged up. The poem’s name was “Veena Poovu“.Veena,the musical instrument and Poovu,the Malayalam translation for flower.One of my classmates asked me whether I have seen this flower.My ego didn’t allow me to accept my ignorance.As she belonged to my rival gang,she forced me to bring the flower to the class next day.I told my parents to get me Veenapoovu to save my pride and status in the class.

Sadly,I came to know that there is no flower named Veena Poovu.The meaning of the title of the poem is “The Fallen Flower” because in Malayalam veena/veenathu means fallen/dead.

Nobody understood the tensions of an eight year old and still no one knows the brunt of losing a challenge;problems when we learn to recite poems without knowing its meaning.

Explanations of the poem in English could be found here.

Infected by Writer’s Block Virus

The last post which I posted was on 26th August 2011;i.e. 65 days back.Occasionally I got a couple of comments and emails inquiring about my disappearance in the blogosphere.

Lately I realized that the writer’s block virus infected me which inhibited me from writing anything.But I recovered from it today,this moment.So here is my experience during the infection.

Before being infected,there was always an urge to write about a zillion things.So whatever thoughts that came to my mind,end of the day I could just shed it on my blog and feel relieved.There was a story in everything I saw and heard.I was not lazy to write.Once I open my WordPress,I can write it in a stretch.

During the infection time,my brain went restless.There were a lot of things that I wanted to write and discuss with the world,but I just couldn’t.The moment I open my blog,I feel lazy,bored and irritated.Instead I started reading more and more;almost like 7-8 books a month.My brother shouts at me seeing the growing pile of Flipkart card board boxes at the balcony.From English books I shifted to reading more of Malayalam books.In short there were more books surrounding me than I had it during school days.I started reading screenplays and dragged him for movies every weekend.All I wanted to do was to read and eat.Work,toastmasters,dance class and cooking made me busy when I was not reading.

Last night my head was  telling me to write out and finish off the frustration.So the first post I had in my mind was to write about the inhibited days.

At last I am cured.So keep checking for daily posts as I have LOADS to write.

Sreenivasan & I

You must be thinking why such a post now?He is still alive,he is still active in the film industry and he still holds his high standards in the Malayalam movie industry.

This post was born after I had a heated debate with my friend on the topic “who is the best actor?”At last we ended the discussion telling its all personal favorites.

This post is not about Sreenivasan but it is about how he and his movies made an emotional impact on me through years.I believe that Sreenivasan is an epic.

According to my memory,the first Sreenivasan movie which I watched was Vadakkunokkiyantram.The film is about the marital discord caused by a husband’s inferiority complex.Sreenivasan acted as the husband with an inferiority complex.I must have watched that movie when was 6-7 years old.I was thinking how come people accepted him as a hero.At that time I was a big fan of Nitish Bharadwaj who played the role of Sri Krishna in the tv serial Mahabarath.Those days heroes means Mammootty,Mohanlal or Shah Rukh Khan.The next movie which I watched was Thenmavin Kombath.He played a character “Appakala” who is jealous of the hero.His character made us laugh out loud.Those days for me he was just another actor who makes some funny gestures or delivers crazy dialogues or a guy who gets attacked by rest of the characters in the movie.After watching the movie I thought how much ashamed or embarrassed he must be while acting out those scenes.I believed that he acted these kind roles as he was not a good actor.Today I curse myself for thinking that way.

The more I watched his movies,the more I sympathized and then later empathized with not the characters he played but with him.Somewhere someday somehow  I got an emotional attachment him.I was very angry when rest of the population laughed at him or they laughed for his humour.Those days when people go with handsome heroes I had a special attraction towards Sreenivasan.People used to mock at him saying he is not a great one.Hearing this always made me fume and I argued with them.Even my friends were surprised about my devotion towards him.They would often tease me telling “You will the one and only fan for him”.But those days I was not a fan,instead I felt that a strong emotion towards him.

At the age of 10-15 years I was not matured enough to see movies as an entertainment element or to consider the actors as professionals.

After getting inside the college I had a negative attitude towards the Malayalam movies.So I almost watched no Malayalam movies in the early days of my college.It was during the last semester when we I had ample free time that I made a thorough research about Sreenivasan and his movies.By this time,I was matured enough to consider him as an actor and acting as his profession.Then it was a marathon movie watching leaving none of his movies.I was happier once I started reading his screenplays.

His writing skills impressed me like hell!!His talent to include humour in whatever he talked or he wrote was something to be appreciated.I was sad only because I was very late to know about him and his movies.I literally did a postmortem of his movies right from Manimuzhakkam to Udayananu Tharam.After watching 50 movies of him in a stretch,what should I say?I  was amazed by his talents in handling humour.

What I love about him is the way he used himself to mould a character in his movies.He is still the best in the industry even after 34 years of movie experience,only because of his talent.I think he takes his life too very light 🙂

I love his characters in

Odaruthammava Aalariyam – The college student role which he played trying to impress Lisy gave him the right break for him his career.Priyadarshan once told that it was Sreenivasan who wrote some of the scenes in the movie.

Akkare Ninnoru Maran – Ali Koya was one of his best performances.I love the scene where he comes as an Arab.”Achuth Maama..”

Chidambaram – I don’t have words to explain his performance in this movie.I think as Muniyandi he just lived than acting.

Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu – Madhavan aka M.A.Dhavan.I simply love every scene in this film.It is a perfect ROTFL movie.

Nadodikattu – The moment he calls out for his counterpart Mohanlal as “Daasaa”,I laugh out loud.

Vadakkunokkiyanthram – As Thalathil Dineshan he was awesome.The movie written and directed by him was a hats off attempt.The scence in which he takes a song rehearsal for the first night was amazingly written.Mattoru Seethaye Kaattilekkayachu…..

Sandesham – Polandine Kurichu Onnum Parayaruthu..LOL!!

Thenmavin Kombath – He plays a role named AppaKala who is a servant.The way he changed his looks to suit the role showed his sincerity in his job.

Azhakiya Raavanan – As a right hand to Mammootty he played the character Ambujakshan,a useless novel writer.Kalyanam Paalukachal.. Paalukachal Kalyanam..

Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala – This movie bagged a National Award for him.It was written and directed by him.I feel that the creation of  the character Vijayan Mash was an excellent one.The movie gives a strong message to the people and that is the speciality of Sreenivasan’s screenplays.He tells out a lot of truth about the issues in the society with a pinch of humour.Only he can create a dialouge like “he was dark because of tension and then his wife asks whether Africans are always tensed”. 😀

Udayananu Tharam – Rajappan aka Suraj Kumar played by him made the movie complete. Rosshan Andrews could have not converted this movie into a blockbuster without Sreenivasan.

I know this article is incomplete because I am still in the process of exploring his talents.But the saddest part is I have never met him yet.Hoping to meet him someday 🙂 🙂

Below are my favorite 10 scenes of Sreenivasan.

Watch his interview too.I am sure after watching it you will say..Whoa!!!

My favorite Salim Kumar.. :D

It is after getting into the college that I started loving movies,especially Malayalam movies. 🙂

I tried so hard to recollect that in which movie I watched Salim Kumar for the first time.But he is my all time favorite..i just can’t stop laughing for his dialogues. 😀 😀

His dialogue delivery is the best.He has a unique style of dragging the delivery a bit according to the scenes.

hmmm?..huhaaa..ayyooooo

Some my favorite scenes are

movie : Thenkashi Pattanam

The cow scene..

Dileep : What are you drinking?(nee enthada kudikkunnathu?)

Salim : oh that’s barley water..(oh ithiri barley vellam)

Dileep : Then why does it smell like brandy?(pinne enthada athinu brandiyude manam?)

Salim : huh!! That’s what i told you.it’s bar water 😀 (huh!! athelle paranjathu barile vellam aanennu 😀 )

Movie : Meesha Madhavan

Salim : Madhavan Nair,there is a case filed against you.. (Madhavan Nair,ningalkedhire oru case file cheythirikkunnu..)

No reaction from Dileep

Salim : What happened?don’t you believe that im a lwayer???See I’m having coat with me..(enthu patti? njan vakeel aanennu viswasam varunnille???nokku coat okke undu..)

Dileep : hmm..ya coat is there..(hmm..coat okke undu..pakshe..)

Salim : Listen..Yes your honour..I object your honour..(kelkoo..Yes your honour..I object your honour..)

Dileep walks away..

Salim : Ayyoo..I just don’t have that look of a lawyer..thats all..Im very intelligent..(Ayyo..enne kandal oru look illa ennollu..enikku bayankara budhiya..Madhavan Nair..Nilkoo.. 😀 😀 )

Let him make us laugh forever..Salimetta..you rock!!! 🙂

PS : Nobody could have done the song Palavattam from Coffee@MG Road better than him..