If there is one movie that Malayalees can watch over and over again and still laugh just the same, it would be Kilukkam. Directed by Priyadarshan, Kilukkam was released in 1991. It tells the story of a tourist guide Joji (played by Mohanlal) and his photographer friend Nishcal(played by
Jagathy Sreekumar), who are struggling with their life in Ooty. Their life takes a new turn when they run into a rich tourist Nandini (played by Revathi). Believing that she will be their ticket to happiness, Joji tries to impress her in every which way he can, not realising what exactly his actions will get him in.
Directed by Priyadarshan and released in 1985, Boeing Boeing is an adaptation of a French play of the same name. It tells the story of Shyam (played by Mohanlal), who is on a dating spree with the help of his friend Anilkumar(played by Mukesh) and Chef Dickammayi (played by Sukumari). When all the air hostesses that Shyam date start coming to his house at the same time, things take into utter chaos for the characters.
Written, directed and acted by Sreenivasan, Vadakkunokkiyantram is a dark comedy that released in 1989. It tells the story of Dineshan (played by Sreenivasan) who is tormented by inferiority complex as he is married to a gorgeous woman (played by Parvathy), while he looks way below average. He starts getting quite paranoid, which eventually starts to disrupt their marriage.
Directed by Priyadarshan and written by Sreenivasan, Mithunam was released in 1993. Starring Mohanlal and Urvashi in the lead roles, the movie tells the story of Sethumadhavan (Mohanlal) who is trying to set up a biscuit factory, while at the same time struggling to solve the problems of his dysfunctional family. In the middle of it all, he marries Sulochana(Urvashi), plunging his life into utter chaos.
Poochakkoru Mookkuthi marks the debut of Mollywood’s favourite comedy movie director, Priyadarshan. An adaptation of Charles Dicken’s play- The Strange Gentleman, the movie was released in 1984. It contains an ensemble cast featuring Mohanlal, Shankar, Menaka,
Nedumudi Venu, Sukumari, Sreenivasan and much more.
Released in 1987, Nadodikkattu is the first movie in a trilogy directed by Sathyan Anthikkad. It introduced Malayali’s ever favourite character duo-Dasan and Vijayan, played by Mohanlal and Sreenivasan respectively. The duo decides to go to Dubai in order to find a job. But, they get fooled and end up in Tamil Nadu.
Directed by Rajasenan, the movie was released in 1993. It tells the story of Harikrishnan (played by Jayaram), the youngest of three brothers, who sets off to Tamil Nadu for a job. There he falls in love with Pavizham (played by Shobhana), and both elope to his hometown. Scared of his parent’s wrath, he hides her undercover as a maid in the house.
Ee Parakkum Thalika
Ee Parakkum Thalika, directed by Thaha and featuring Dileep,
Nithya Das, and Harisree Asokan, was released in 2001. One of the highest grossing Malayalam movies then, it tells the story of Unnikrishnan (Dileep), a bus conductor, and his assistant Sundhareshan (Harisree Asokan). For the duo, the bus is more like a house as they reside in it 24x7. When a mysterious girl (Nithya Das) appears in their bus, their life takes a new turn.
In Harihar Nagar
Written and directed by the duo Siddique-Lal, In Harihar Nagar tells the story of four youngsters Mahadevan (played by Mukesh),
Govindan Kutty (played by Siddique), Appukuttan (played by Jagadish) and Thomas Kutty (played by Ashokan). They live in the housing colony named “Harihar Nagar.” When they get an attractive girl Maya (played by
Geetha Vijayan) and her grandparents as their new neighbour, the four starts devising plans to woo the girl.
Ramji Rao Speaking
Released in 1989 and written and directed by the duo Siddique-Lal, the story revolves around three unemployed people Balakrishnan (played by Saikumar), Gopalakrishnan (played by Mukesh) and Mannar Mathai, a theatre owner (played by Innocent). Their life takes a new turn when they receive a call from a gang leader Ramji Rao (played by Vijayaraghavan), asking for a ransom to return the kidnapped daughter of a successful businessman.