1961 Kandam Bacha Kotu (colour )
Malayalam film directed by T. R. Sundaram, starring Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair and Aranmula Ponnamma. It is the first colour film in Malayalam. Based on a popular novel, which was also staged as a play under the same title, the screen version in Eastman colour was a big box office success. Its dialogues are written by renowned writer K. T. Muhammed. The film received a certificate of merit at the National Film Awards. The film was a big box-office success and ran for weeks in packed theatres.
1964 Bhargavi Nilayam
The Malayalam film, directed by A. Vincent. The film stars Prem Nazir, Madhu and Vijaya Nirmala in the lead roles, and had its story, screenplay and dialogues are written by noted Malayalam writer Vaikom Muhammad Basheer, which was adapted from his shot story Neela Velicham. It was the directorial debut of noted cinematographer A. Vincent. The film is especially noted for its camera works by P. Bhaskar Rao and music by M. S. Baburaj. It was the first horror film in Malayalam and was one of the biggest hit films of all time.
The Malayalam realistic film directed by P. Bhaskaran and Ramu Kariat. It is a melodrama and was based on a story written by Uroob. Screenplay and dialogues are written by Uroob along with P. Bhaskaran.Neelakuyil tells the story of the love affair of a Dalit girl and an educated, high caste school teacher. It stars Sathyan, Miss Kumari, Prema, P. Bhaskaran and Master Vipin. Many of the actors including Sathyan debuted through this film.
Neelakuyil was a landmark film in Malayalam cinema history that paved a new path for Malayalam cinema by breaking away from the earlier tradition of copying Tamil or Hindi films and making Malayalam films, of which the story or the characters could never be identified with the culture of Kerala.Based on a story by famous Malayalam writer Uroob, Neelakuyil had dialogues with local accent, and the script’s hard-hitting dialogues flay social evils such as untouchability, feudalism, and injustice towards women. It features an acclaimed cinematography by A. Vincent and a successful musical score by K. Raghavan. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam, thus becoming the first nationally recognized Malayalam film.
1955 Newspaper Boy
The Malayalam film written and directed by P. Ramdas. It was the first neo-realistic film in India. It stars Neyyattinkara Komalam, Adoor Pankajam, Omana Madhavan, P. Gangadharan, S. Parameswaran, P. Ramdas, N. Subramanian, Master Mani and Master Venkiteswaran. The movie, which narrates the life of the common man on the street, was produced by a group of students under the banner of Adarsh Kalamandir.
The Malayalam film directed by S. Nottani.It was the first talkie in Malayalam. Based on the short story Vidhiyum Mrs. Nayarum by A. Sundaram, its screenplay and dialogues are written by Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai. The film is a melodrama and was the first movie in this genre in Malayalam. It is produced by T. R. Sundaram of Modern Theatres, Salem.The film, which stars K. K. Aroor, Master Madanagopal, M. V. Shanku, K. Gopinath, Alleppey Vincent, C. O. N. Nambiar, M. K. Kamalam, K. N. Lakshmi, Baby Malathi, A. B. Pious and Subhadra, is about the struggle of two orphaned children.German cinematographer Bado Gushwalker handles the camera while Varghese does the editing. Its music is composed by K. K. Aroor and Ibrahim. There are overall 23 songs in the film.
The Malayalam romantic drama film based on the highly acclaimed novel of the same name by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai and directed by Ramu Kariat from a screenplay by S. L. Puram Sadanandan. Produced by Babu Ismail Settu under the banner of Kanmani Films, it features cinematography by Marcus Bartley, and editing by Hrishikesh Mukherjee . Songs are set to music by Salil Chowdhury, with lyrics by Vayalar Ramavarma, and featuring the voices of K. J. Yesudas, P. Leela, Manna Dey and Santha P. Nair.The film released on 19 August 1965. It received strongly positive critical reviews and was recognized as a technically and artistically brilliant film. It is usually cited as the first notable creative film in South India. It was also the first South Indian film to win the Indian President's Gold Medal for the Best Film, which it did so in 1965. It was screened at various international film festivals and won prestigious awards at the Cannes and Chicago festivals.
Chithramela is the first anthology film in Malayalam, consisting of three short films. produced by T .S. Muthiah., The cast includes Prem Nazir, Sharada, Sheela, K. P. Ummer, Kottayam Chellappan, S. P. Pillai, Adoor Bhasi, Bahadoor and Manavalan Joseph.
Malayalam feature film written and directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan starring Madhu and Sharada in the lead roles. The film was produced by the Chitralekha Film Co-operative with credit from the Film Finance Corporation (FFC). It was Chitralekha's first feature film production. It features an original score by M. B. Sreenivasan, cinematography by Mankada Ravi Varma, editing by Ramesan, art direction by Devadathan, and sound mixing by P. Devadas.Swayamvaram was Adoor Gopalakrishnan's debut feature film. It also was the film debut of the now-prominent Malayalam actor Bharath Gopi. It won four National Film Awards including for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress
Malayalam film written and directed by M. T. Vasudevan Nair,and starring P. J. Antony , Kaviyur Ponnama, Ravi Menon , Sumithra, Premji, Kunjandy and Shanta Devi. Malayalam actor P. J. Antony won the National Film Award for Best Actor in 1974 for his performance as a velichappadu (an oracle or a medium between the Goddess and the worshipper in a Hindu temple) in this movie. The film received the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film in 1974. The movie is an adaptation of the short story Pallivalum Kalchilambum by M. T. Vasudevan Nair.
1978 Thacholi Ambu (cinemascope )
The Malayalam film starring Prem Nazir, Sivaji Ganesan and Jayan. Written by N. Govindan Kutty, Cinematography U. Rajagopal, Editing by T. R. Sekhar, Music by K. Raghavan and Directed and produced by Navodaya Appachan, It was the first cinemascope film of South India.
1982 Padayottam (70 mm)
Malayalam film directed by Jijo Punnoose, produced by Navodaya Appachan, and starring Prem Nazir, Madhu, Mammootty, Mohanlal , Lakshmi, Poornima Jayaram and Shankar. It was the first movie in South India to be indigenously shot in the 70 mm film format. Written by N. Govindankutty, Music by Guna Singh Cinematography Ramachandra Babu and Editing by T. R. Shekhar
1984 My Dear Kuttichathan ( 3D )
The first 3-D film made in India. The movie was produced by Appachan , Directed by Jijo , Written by Raghunath Paleri , Music by Illayaraja , Cinematography Ashok Kumar and Editing by T. R. Sekar . Overall My Dear Kuttichathan is considered as the all time Blockbuster of Malayalam films. The film twice reached the Blockbuster status in 1984 and 1997 respectively. The new re-mastered with additional footage is releasing on August 25, 2011. My Dear Kuttichathan, released again on digital 3D, in late August in 2011. 'It is the First film in the World to first release in 3D and then re-release in Digital 3D Version in the successive third time of production.