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Malayalam cinema refers to films made in the Indian state of Kerala in the Malayalam language. It forms a significant component of the Indian cinema. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... South Asian cinema refers to the cinema of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. ... This article addresses Persian and Pashto cinemas of Afghanistan. ... The Bangladeshi film industry is based in Dhaka As of 2004, it produced approximately 100 movies a year. ... Bengali cinema, or the Bengali film industry, is one of the earliest film industries in India. ... The Indian film industry is the largest in the world in terms of the ticket sales and the number of films produced annually (877 feature films and 1177 short films were released in the year 2003 alone). ... Assamese cinema was born in 1935 when Jyoti Prasad Agarwala released his movie Joymoti. ... Bengali cinema, or the Bengali film industry, is one of the earliest film industries in India. ... Bollywood (Hindi: , Urdu: ) is the informal name given to the popular Mumbai-based Hindi-language film industry in India. ... The Cinema of Karnataka encompasses movies made in the Indian state of Karnataka. ... Kollywood (Tamil : கோலிவூட் ) is a name often applied to the home of the Tamil-language film industry based in India, and to the industry as a whole. ... Marathi cinema (मराठी चित्रपट) is one of the oldest in regional Indian films industry. ... Telugu Cinema refers to the Telugu film industry. ... The Himalayan country of Nepal does not have a very long film history, but the industry has its own place in the cultural heritage of Nepal. ... Lollywood (Urdu: لالیوڈ) (colloquially known as Ecco Bay) refers to the Pakistani film industry, based in the city of Lahore. ... Sri Lankan cinema is highly acclaimed abroad - its films have won dozens of awards at international festivals. ... “Moving picture” redirects here. ... , Kerala ( ; Malayalam: കേരളം; ) is a state on the Malabar Coast of southwestern India. ... Malayalam ( ) is the language spoken predominantly in the state of Kerala, in southern India. ... The Indian film industry is the largest in the world in terms of the ticket sales and the number of films produced annually (877 feature films and 1177 short films were released in the year 2003 alone). ...

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History of Malayalam Cinema

Early Era

List of Malayalam films from 1928 to 1950

The first Malayalam film titled Vigathakumaran was released in 1928. It was a silent film titled Vigathakumaran and was produced and directed by a businessman, J. C. Daniel who had no prior film experience. The second film Marthanda Varma based on a novel by C. V. Raman Pillai, was produced in 1933. But it was never released due to some legal disputes. Kerala Government Public Relations Department. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ... Jivanayakam Cyril Daniel (b. ... C. V. Raman Pillai (1858— 1922) was a great Indian novelist and playwright in Malayalam. ... Year 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Balan released in 1938 was the first talkie in Malayalam. Its screenplay and songs were written by Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai and directed by S Nottani. It was produced at Chennai (then Madras) in the neighbouring state of Tamilnadu. Malayalam films continued to be made almost exclusively by Tamil producers till 1947 when the first major film studio, Udaya was established in Kerala. Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... A sound film (or talkie) is a motion picture with synchronized sound, as opposed to a silent movie. ... Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai (1900-1979) was a Malayalam dramatist, poet, screen play writer and actor. ... , “Madras” redirects here. ... Madras refers to: the Indian city of Chennai, formerly known as Madras, the former Indian state, now known as Tamil Nadu (Plural of Madra): Ancient people of Iranian affinites, who lived in northwest Panjab in the Uttarapatha division of ancient India. ... Tamil Nadu (தமிழ் நாடு, Land of the Tamils) is a state at the southern tip of India. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Udaya is one of the famous film studios in South India. ... , Kerala ( ; Malayalam: കേരളം; ) is a state on the Malabar Coast of southwestern India. ...

List of Malayalam films from 1951 to 1960


In 1954, Neelakkuyil captured national interest by winning the President's silver medal. Scripted by the well-known Malayalam novelist Uroob and directed by P. Bhaskaran and Ramu Kariat, it is often considered as the first authentic Malayali film. Another notable production was Newspaper Boy (1955) which had elements of Italian neorealism. Chemmeen (1965), directed by Ramu Kariat and based on a story by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai went on to become immensely popular and won the national award. It had music by Salil Chowdhury, songs by Manna Dey and editing by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The first colour film in Malayalam was Kandam becha coat. Kerala Government Public Relations Department. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pulloottupadathu Bhaskaran Nair better known as P. Bhaskaran (April 21, 1924 - February 25, 2007) was a famous malayalam poet and lyricist of malayalam film songs. ... Ramu Kariat 1 February 1928, (Engandiyur, Kerala) - 10 February 1979 (Thiruvananthapuram) was a film director who is regarded as one of the pioneers who had put Malayalam movies in the forefront of Indian Cinema. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Italian neorealism is a film movement often considered to have started in 1943 with Ossessione and ended in 1952 with Umberto D. The movement is characterized by stories set amongst the poor and working class, filmed in long takes on location, frequently using nonprofessional actors for secondary and sometimes primary... Chemmeen Chemmeen is a Malayalam novel written by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai in 1956. ... Ramu Kariat 1 February 1928, (Engandiyur, Kerala) - 10 February 1979 (Thiruvananthapuram) was a film director who is regarded as one of the pioneers who had put Malayalam movies in the forefront of Indian Cinema. ... [[ == thakazhi siva sankara pilla was a famous novelist in malayalam literature. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hrishikesh Mukherjee is one of the most famous Indian film directors. ...


1960s

List of Malayalam films from 1961 to 1970

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Malayalam Parallel films of the 1970s

List of Malayalam films from 1971 to 1975

The 70s saw the emergence of a new wave of cinema in Malayalam. The growth of film society movement in Kerala introduced the works of the French and Italian New Wave directors to the discerning Malayali film enthusiasts. Adoor Gopalakrishnan's first film Swayamvaram (1972) brought Malayalam cinema to the International film arena. In 1973 M. T. Vasudevan Nair who was by then recognized as an important author in Malayalam, directed his first film Nirmalyam, which won the President's Gold Medal for the best film. G. Aravindan followed Adoor's lead with his Uttarayanam in 1974. John Abraham, K. R. Mohanan, K. G. George, and G. S. Panikkar were products of the Pune Film Institute who made significant contributions. Kerala Government Public Relations Department. ... Adoor Gopalakrishnan standing next to his portrait Adoor Gopalakrishnan (b. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... MT Vasudevan Nair M. T. Vasudevan Nair, popularly known as MT, is a Malayalam author, screenplay writer and film director. ... Born in Kottayam, Kerala, G Aravindan was well known to the readers of Kerala through his cartoon serial Cheriya Manushyarum Valya Lokavum (Small Men and the Big World), which appeared in the Mathrubhoomi journal during the early 1960s, even before he started with films. ... John Abraham (August 11, 1937 - 31 May 1987), was a Malayalam film director and writer. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... K. G. George (b. ...


'List of Malayalam films from 1976 to 1980 Aravindan was famous in Kerala as a cartoonist before he started making films. His important movies include Kanchana Seeta (1977), Thampu (1978), Kummatty (1979), Chidambaram (1985), Oridathu (1986), and Vasthuhara (1990). Kerala Government Public Relations Department. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... This article is about the year. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...


Malayalam Art Cinema of the early 1980s

List of Malayalam films from 1981 to 1985

Adoor Gopalakrishnan made Elipathayam in 1981. This movie was widely acclaimed and won the British Film Institute award. His other movies include Mukhamukham (1984), Anantharam (1987) Mathilukal (1989), Vidheyan (1994), Kathapurushan (1995), and Nizhalkkuthu (2003). Padmarajan made his early works in this period including the movie Koodevide? (1983) Kerala Government Public Relations Department. ... Adoor Gopalakrishnan standing next to his portrait Adoor Gopalakrishnan (b. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... P. Padmarajan (b. ...


P. A. Backer and Bharathan are other names worth mentioning. P.A. Backer (1940-1993) was one of the new wave malayalam film directors of the 1970s. ... Bharathan Bharathan was one of the most prolific film directors in malayalam cinema. ...


'Golden Age' of Malayalam cinema

Most critics and audiences consider this period from as the golden age of Malayalam cinema. The Malayalam cinema of this period was characterised by detailed screenplays dealing with everyday life with a lucid narration of plot intermingling with humour and melancholy. This was aided by brilliant cinematography and lighting as in motion pictures like Perumthachan (1990), directed by Ajayan with Santosh Sivan as the cinematographer. These films are also remembered for their warm background music by composers like Johnson, as in the motion picture Nammukku paarkkaan munthiri thoppukal (1986) directed by Padmarajan. Kerala Government Public Relations Department. ... ‹ The template below is being considered for deletion. ... Perumthachan also spelled as Perunthachan meaning (the master carpenter or the master craftsman) is a honorific title that is used to refer to an ancient legendary carpenter, architect, woodcarver and sculptor from Kerala, South India. ... Ajayan is a film director. ... Santosh Sivan (born in Trivandrum, India) is an Indian cinematographer and film director. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Johnson is a prominent South Indian composer of film scores who has given music to some of the most important motion pictures of malayalam cinema. ... Namukku parkkan munthiri thoppukal (Vineyards for us to dwell) is a landmark motion picture in Malayalam cinema directed by Padmarajan. ... P. Padmarajan (b. ...


Many of the movies released during this time narrowed the gap between art cinemas and commercial cinemas in the Malayalam film industry, as in Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989). These were paralleled with movies like Kireedam (1989) directed by Sibi Malayil and written by Lohitadas, Mathilukal directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan (1989), 'Amaram'(1991) directed by Bharathan, Kaakothikaavile Appoopan Thadikal(1988) directed by Kamal and 'Sargam'(1992) directed by Hariharan.-1... Kireedam is a film about a Keralite youth whose hopes and aspirations are shattered by a combination of fate and human failing. ... Sibi Malayil is an Indian director of Malayalam movies. ... Adoor Gopalakrishnan standing next to his portrait Adoor Gopalakrishnan (b. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Kamaluddin Mohammed, better known as Kamal, is a Malayalam director. ...


The period had an abundance of movies rich in creative humour from directors like Priyadarshan, Sathyan Anthikkad and Kamal. The era also saw well crafted comedy by the Duo Siddique-Lal, (Ramji Rao speaking (1989) and In Harihar Nagar (1990). Other notable contributions of this period include His Highness Abdullah (1990) directed by Sibi Malayil, Piravi (1989) by Shaji N. Karun, Abhayam (1991) directed by Sivan, and the motion picture Daisy (1988) an expressive depiction of separation and longing set in a Boarding school, directed by Prathap K Pothan. Priyadarshan is a popular Indian movie director. ... Sathyan Anthikkad is a Malayalam film director known primarily for family based mainstream movies. ... Kamaluddin Mohammed, better known as Kamal, is a Malayalam director. ... Sibi Malayil is an Indian director of Malayalam movies. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... A graduate in cinematography from the FTII, Pune, Shaji N. Karun started working with notable directors like G Aravindan, K G George and M.T.Vasudevan Nair as a cinematographer. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... A boarding school is a usually fee-paying school where some or all pupils not only study, but also live during term time, with their fellow students and possibly teachers. ...


Popular Malayalam cinema through early-mid 1990s

List of Malayalam films from 1991 to 1995

Films made during this period continued to stand out for their brilliance in storytelling and appeal. These include 'Bharatham' (1991) by Sibi Malayil, Ulladakkam(1991) directed by Kamal, Kaalapaani (1996) by Priyadarshan, and the award winning 'Manichitrathazhu' (1993) by Fazil. 'Sphadikam' (1995) directed by Bhadran was well received by the viewers as was 'Desadanam' (1997) by Jayaraaj. Some works stood out as strong in evocative power reminiscent of the earlier period, like Swaham (1994) directed by Shaji N.Karun, the first Malayalam film entry into the Cannes International Film Festival. Kerala Government Public Relations Department. ... Bhratham (1991) is a musical/drama film in Malayalam directed by Sibi Malayil starring Mohanlal, Urvasi, Nedumudi Venu and Lakshmi. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Kamaluddin Mohammed, better known as Kamal, is a Malayalam director. ... Priyadarshan is a popular Indian movie director. ... Manichitrathazhu (translation: The Ornate Lock) is a 1993 Malayalam Film directed by Fazil. ... Sphadikam Mohanlal dons the role of real life rowdy Thomas Chacko aka Aadu Thoma in Sphadikam which is considered to be one of his best films. ... Swaham (My Own) (1988) is an award-winning feature film directed by Shaji N. Karun. ... A graduate in cinematography from the FTII, Pune, Shaji N. Karun started working with notable directors like G Aravindan, K G George and M.T.Vasudevan Nair as a cinematographer. ... The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ...


Present

List of Malayalam films from 1996 to 2000
List of Malayalam films from 2001 to 2005

The Malayalam film industry in recent times has been affected by the spread of satellite digital television and film piracy. Slapstick comedy is the predominant theme. Meesamadhavan (2002) by Lal Jose and Kunjikkoonan directed by Sasi Shankar (2002) are examples. However notable exceptions to these were Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala by Srinivasan (1998), Vanaprastham (1999) directed by Shaji N Karun, Maduranombarakaatu(2000), Meghamalhar(2001), Perumazhakaalam(2004) and Karuthapakshikal(2006) directed by Kamal. Kerala Government Public Relations Department. ... Achuvinte Amma (2005) Albhuthadweep (2005) Alice In Wonderland (2005) Ananthabhadram (2005) Annorikkal (2005) Aye Taxi (2005) Banglavil Outha (2005) Ben Johnson (2005) Boyfriend (2005) Brahmam (2005) Bus Conductor (2005) By The People (2005) Chandrotsavam (2005) Chanthupottu (2005) Chirattakalipaataangal (2005) Cholliyattam (2005) Deivanamathil (2005) Dhobiwala (2005) Five Fingers (2005) Immini Nalloral... For other uses, see Satellite (disambiguation). ... Digital television (DTV) is a telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures and sound by means of digital signals, in contrast to analog signals used by analog (traditional) TV. DTV uses digital modulation data, which is digitally compressed and requires decoding by a specially designed television set, or a... This article is about maritime piracy. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala is a 1998 Malayalam movie directed by Sreenivasan in which he stars with Tamil actress Sangeetha, along with supporting actors Thilakan and Innocent. ... Sreenivasan is an acclaimed actor, screenwriter and director in Malayalam cinema, known for his satirical black comedies. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Vaanaprastham (The Last Dance) (1999) is an Indo-French-German produced feature film, directed by Shaji N. Karun. ... This article is about the year. ... Shaji N. Karun is a South Indian filmmaker from Kerala, India. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kamaluddin Mohammed, better known as Kamal, is a Malayalam director. ...


Sequels have been made of a number of successful films. These include Ravanaprabhu (Devasuram) and Nerariyan CBI (Oru CBI Diarykurippu). To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Devasuram is one of the most successful Malayalam movie and was directed by I. V. Sasi and starring Mohanlal. ...

List of Malayalam films from 2006

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See Also

The Malayalam film industry has come a long way since the production of Vigathakumaran in 1928. ... This is a list of notable Malayalam film actors and actresses. ...

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