Until a few years ago (2009-2010), Malayalam movies were largely known for their action element and mustache twirling Mollywood superstars like Mohanlal, Mammootty and Suresh Gopi, who had to beat up bad men in all movies (yes, all). We mean, can you imagine a Suresh Gopi movie where he is not an angry young man thrashing villains or mocking politicians with his fervent dialogue delivery? No, right? Exactly. That's what most of the films around this time did. They cashed in on the mass appeal of the actors. But since 2009-2010, there was a new wave of films in God's own country, these films were termed as the new-gen films and rightly so. These films saw a cast- crew that belonged to the younger generation of artists with new thinking and the courage to experiment.
Some of these movies we think that would qualify to be called new-gen and that were really great to watch are listed right here:
Unlike the many cop movies made in Malayalam cinema, Mumbai Police (2013) is a very well narrated and well-performed thriller that impressed everyone. Now, who would have thought about that mind-blowing climax in Mumbai Police? This Roshan Andrews movie touched upon a subject that not many Indian filmmakers dare to do even today – homosexuality and for a mainstream actor like Prithviraj to take up this role is daring and, at the same time, needs to be applauded.
22 Female Kottayam
Tessa K. Abraham – does this name ring a bell? Of course,i t does. If you are a Malayalam movie fan and have watched the Aashiq Abu directed 22 Female Kottayam (2012), you would never forget this name or the character played by Rima Kallingal. 22FK is bold, it's raw and it does not let you off easily. The movie deals with the issue of rape and how the protagonist, Tessa seeks revenge. The most incredible scene in the film is when she has the perpetrator Cyril (Fahadh Faasil) tied up on the bed and he screams 'F@#@ You' and Tessa with a smirk says these three words "Not anymore". This scene probably had everyone watching it smirking as well. The movie also dealt with live-in relationships, which was a very uncommon theme for Indian cinema and especially for regional cinema at that time.
This 2011 movie directed by Rajesh Pillai directed movie revolves around different people and how their lives are intertwined. This movie came just when we thought filmmakers stopped working on experimental themes.
One of the most delightful movies that Malayalam cinema gave us was the Nivin Pauly, Sai Pallavi starrer romantic drama, which revolves around the three stages in the life of the protagonist George's life. With beautiful songs and fresh faces, Premam (2015), directed by Alphonse Puthren, proved to be a box-office success.
How Old Are You? (2012)
This movie marked the return of Manju Warrier and what a comeback it was! This was one of the very few female-oriented Malayalam movies to be made. The story of Nirupama, the character played by Manju, is one that many Indian wives and mothers could associate closely with. It was a brave decision on the part of the director Roshan Andrews to cast an actress as the lead of a film when our film industries are so obsessed with casting only men as the lead.
Which one from the above list is your favorite? Comment below and let us know.