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15 Underrated Actors Of Malayalam Cinema

Stardom cannot be achieved just with the talent; but it also needs a touch of luck. Only a few actors have managed to gain the stardom in Malayalam movie industry; while lots of extraordinary talents went totally unnoticed.

Malayalam movie industry doubtlessly possesses the finest acting talents of Indian cinema. But, even the Malayali audience are only aware of the talented top notch actors; while the actors with high potential are left ignored.

There a lot of super-talented actors, who went highly typecasted with the character or negative roles. They are not provided with enough opportunities; as the audience, filmmakers and the actors themselves are prejudiced about their image.

When such actors try for a track change, either they are totally avoided by the industry or the audience are reluctant to accept their change. There are only a very few actors, who managed to come out of their comfort zone and try different roles.

It is definitely not a healthy practice, to stick with a particular group of actors and completely avoid the rest of the talents. But sadly, the movie industry is too afraid to experiment with actors; just alike how we are reluctant to explore the new aspects of filmmaking.

Here we present the 15 most underrated actors of Malayalam Cinema. Have a look...


Doubtlessly the best actor of his generation. But Indrajith is the most unused talent of contemporary Malayalam cinema. He still belongs to the supporting actors league; but surely deserves more.

Biju Menon

The most typecasted actor of Mollywood. Biju Menon is an actor who has always been zeroed into police or supporting roles and occasional villain roles. He can do much more than that.

Manoj K Jayan

The actor who has been permanently cemented to the psycho or hero's right-hand roles. Manoj definitely deserves a better place in the industry.


He is another super-talented actor who went almost unnoticed by the industry. Vineeth perfectly matches with all so-called criterias needed for a male need; but still couldn't make it big.


One of the finest talents of the industry, who is typecasted into comic roles. But a few movies including Kerala Cafe, Indian Rupee and Dolphins brought the unknown side of Kalpana to lime light. 


Saikumar is another underrated actor, who has been typecasted into the villain-father roles. He's a powerhouse of talent who just needs some versatile roles to perform.


The actor who can literally define the word 'typecast'. Mammukkoya is doubtlessly a brilliant actor; but hasn't done much memorable roles in his career.


Ashokan has played some brilliant roles in the early stage of his career; but was later sidelined with minimal roles. He is one of the underrated talents of the industry.

Kavya Madhavan

A surprise entry into the list. But, it is a fact that Kavya has played similar roles in almost the 90% of her films. Prithviraj has once opined that Kavya is the most underrated actress of his generation.

Manju Pillai

The TV audience is well aware of Manju Pillai's exceptional acting skills. But Malayalam cinema hasn't provided her with good opportunities.

Bindu Panicker

Bindu literally shocked the industry with her fantastic performance in Soothradharan. But she is a highly typecasted actress and is sidelined with the supporting roles.


An actor who was heavily typecasted into comic roles. But Indrans broke the shell recently and stunned the audience with his performances in the films like Apothecary.


Narain is an actor who got a decent beginning in the industry with the movies like 4 The People and Classmates. But the audience and the industry forgot him after a few flops and he is more into supporting roles now.


Kunjan was almost unrecognized by the industry. But he mesmerized the industry with his performance as Constable Sudhakaran Nair in Mumbai Police

Prem Kumar

Prem Kumar is well-popular as a comedian and mimicry artist. But only a very few know that he is a brilliant actor.

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