The Malayalam Movie Industry has had its share of addiction to Biopics, mainly because our directors have a real life love for connecting reel and real. While it is easy to get the script going for a biopic, it is the Director’s skills on which portions to avoid and which to highlight that brings about the charm to the film. Here, we list our favourite picks on the top 5 Malayalam Biopics ever.
Starring Prithviraj and Mamta in leading roles, Celluloid talks about the life of J. C Daniel, the father of Malayalam Cinema. Directed by Kamal, the movie released in 2013 to huge commercial and critical success. Winner of 7 Kerala State Film Awards, one National Award and one International Award, Celluloid is a definite treat for the lovers of cinema.
2. Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja
Well, a definite happy entry into the list for Mammukka fans – Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja was an ensemble of high-profile names. With Mammootty in the lead, supported by Manoj K Jayan, Sarath Kumar, Kanika, Padmapriya and Thilakan; and the likes of MT Vasudevan Nair as the writer, Ilaiyaraaja as the Composer and Resul Pookutty as the Sound Designer, the film made history. A 2009 release, the movie collected 4 National Awards, 8 State Awards and 7 Filmfare Awards South.
This 2008 movie was based on the life of Naxal Varghese, played by Prithviraj, and Police Constable P Ramachandran Nair, played by Lal. Though a commercial failure, the movie garnered much critical praise. It won two Kerala State Film Awards and three Kerala Film Critics Award.
4. Ennum Ninte Moideen
The third addition from Prithviraj to this list, makes it as sweet as the love of Moideen and Kanchanamaala. Based on the 1960s real life story of the duo, the movie is based out of Mukkam, Kozhikode. With one National Award, 7 Filmfare Awards South and 7 Kerala State Film Awards, the movie was a huge commercial success, becoming one of the highest grossing Malayalam Movies of all times.
Another movie with an ensemble cast – Thalaivasal Vijay as Sree Narayana Guru, the main character of the movie, Mammootty as Kuttan, supported by Siddique, Babu Antony, Kalabhavan Mani, Jagathy Sreekumar and Saikumar to name a few. A 2010 release, the movie wasn’t a crowd puller but received high critical acclaim. The film was in the making for more than 15 years.