College based movies have found wide acceptance in film industries of various languages. It is one such genre, which could attract the youth audiences, right at the word go.
Malayalam film-makers have also tried their hands at college
based movies. Here we list 10 best Malayalam movies set in the
backdrop of a college.
Well, this film would definitely feature on the top of this
list. The film directed by Venu Nagavally has attained a cult
status. The film starring Mohanlal, is definitely one of the
genuine college based movies in Malayalam.
Classmates, went on to become a trendsetter as well as
one of the biggest hits in the history of Malayalam cinema. The
film directed by Lal Jose was equally well-appreciated by youth and
family audiences alike.
Chamaram is one of the classics in Malayalam cinema.
This classic film directed by Bharathan created a sensation, much
before many other movies in this list released.
Premam, the trendsetter film had some of its main
portions set in the background of a college campus. Those portions
set the tone of the movie and the film was highly appreciated by
the critics and audiences alike.
This was one such campus film which had senior actors in the
lead roles. The freshness in the concept mixed with unusual casting
did set the tone for the movie. The film went on to become a big
success at the box-office.
Chocolate came in at a time when campus based flicks
were much popular in Malayalam. The film directed by Shafi, came up
with a fresh idea, which did strike the right chords with the
Mazhayethum Munpe (1995)
Mammootty appeared in the role of a college lecturer in this
film directed by Kamal. Annie and Shobhana appeared as the leading
ladies. Campus played an important part in this film and there were
certain scenes which were definitely enjoyable.
Nammal, directed by Kamal had some excellent college
moments in the film. The film was much more than a normal campus
film and it gets a shift in the genre towards the second
Puthiya Mukham (2009)
Puthiya Mukham did have only a very few sequences set
in the campus. But, the story of the film and the later
developments were based on the campus rivalry, that surfaced in the
first half of the film. Being an action entertainer, which went on
to set a trend, the film definitely deserves to be a part of this
Niram, might seem to be a candyfloss tale right now,
but back then the film enjoyed a grand run at the box-office. The
film directed by Kamal had Kunchacko Boban and Shalini in the lead
Another film, which definitely redefined college based movies is
the Telugu film, Happy Days. The Malayalam dubbed version
of the film was a huge hit in Kerala.
Most of the Malayalam actors, including Mammootty, Mohanlal,
Prithviraj, Nivin Pauly, Kunchacko Boban etc. have been a part of
campus films in one or the other form.
Well, it was Premam that brought back the trend of
campus based films in Malayalam. There hasn't been many notable
college based Malayalam movies in this decade, till Nivin Pauly
starrer Premam released.
Even though, the campus was just a part of the film, those
portions gained maximum popularity and also received huge praises
from the audiences.
Many more campus based flicks are in the pipeline and most of
the projects are high on expectations. Nivin Pauly would be seen in
the role of a student leader in Sidhartha Siva's upcoming
Ore Mukham, which has Dhyan Sreenivasan in the lead role is set in a college campus of 1980's. Oru Mexican Aparatha, which has Tovino Thomas in the lead role is also said to be a campus based film.