Watching Malayalam Cinema: A Personal Project

This post is a way for me to track a list of Malayalam movies that I’d like to watch and share capsule-sized reactions.


Everything written by Syam Puskaran

  1. Kumbalangi Nights (2019) is the movie that triggered this post actually. It’s the directorial debut of Madhu C Narayanan. It’s not only stunningly feminist as described well by Sowmya Rajendran in her review but it’s also extremely meta about cinema in a very fun way. The film was also the first one to be produced by Syam Puskaran and his friend and director, Dileesh Pothan.
  2. Mayanadhi (2017) is a thriller and isn’t a genre that I think Malayalam cinema does particularly well. The most memorable moment I feel is the small personal moments that happen “outside” the main character’s plot.
  3. Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (2017)
  4. Maheshinte Prathikaaram (2016) is the debut film of Dileesh Pothan and is absolutely fantastic. It’s available on Netflix.
  5. Rani Padmini (2015)
  6. Iyobinte Pusthakam (2014)
  7. Idukki Gold (2013)
  8. 22 Female Kottayam (2012)
  9. Da Thadiya (2012)
  10. Salt N’ Pepper (2011)

Everything written by Anjali Menon

  1. Manjadikuru (2012)
  2. Ustad Hotel (2012)
  3. Bangalore Days (2014)
  4. Koode (2018) made me furiously cry – just bawl – in the theatre. One of the best movies I saw in the last year.


  1. Ee.Ma.Yau (2018)
  2. Angamaly Diaries (2017 is a small-town gangster movie set amidst the pork industry of Angamaly. It’s an interesting movie but neither the subject nor the tone speak specifically to me. The most interesting parts of it to me were the smalltown-ness of the protagonists and all the “insider” shots of the pork business. My grandfather was from Angamaly so it was interesting for that reason as well.
  3. Beautiful
  4. Kerala Cafe
  5. Classmates
  6. Arike
  7. Shutter
  8. Punyalan Agarbatti
  9. Action Hero Biju
  10. Charlie (2015)
  11. Trivandrum Lodge (2012)
  12. Second Show
  13. Take Off
  14. Njandukalude Naatil Oru Idavela
  15. Su.. Su.. Suthi vathmeekam
  16. Pranchiyettan & The Saint (2010)
  17. Kamattipaadam (2016)
  18. Naalu Pennungal (2007)
  19. Drishyam (2013)
  20. Premam (2015)
  21. Ohm Shanthi Oshaana (2014)
  22. How Old Are You? (2014)