Today, is the birthday of one of the finest film-makers of Malayalam film industry. Yes, we are talking about director Sibi Malayil, who is celebrating his birthday today.
Sibi Malayil, is definitely one of the versatile directors that Malayalam film industry has ever seen. Take a look at 5 films of Sibi Malayil, which prove his versatility.
Mutharamkunnu P.O. (1985)
The debut movie of Sibi Malayil was an out-and-out entertainer which hit the right chords. The script of the film was written by Sreenivasan. Mukesh played the lead role and the film had some interesting funny sequences that we remember even now.
August 1 (1988)
August 1 starring Mammootty, is definitely one of the finest thrillers ever made in Malayalam cinema. The film scripted by S N Swami keeps you on the edge of your seat, each time you watch it. Surely, that shows the brilliance of the director.
The film handled a complex and controversial subject and at the same time made it a point to entertain people. This is one of the underrated works of Sibi Malayil. The film wasn't a big box office success back then, but gathered a cult following after years of its release.
We got Ustaad, when Sibi Malayil tried his hands on the action genre. The director proved that he is capable of handling high voltage action thrillers, the same way in which he handles emotional subjects.
Sibi Malayil showed that he is capable of handling a fantasy/horror genre with this film. Devadoothan was a flop at the box-office but it is considered to be a movie released much ahead of its time.
The director is often remembered for his intense works such as Kireedam, Bharatham, Sadayam, Thaniyavarthanam etc, which did shoot his fame.
His association with renowned writer A K Lohithadas did bring in some magical movies to Malayalam cinema. The team went on to produce some gems that shine even now.
Most of the Sibi Malayil movies which released in the 90's were on a serious note and success of these films meant labelling the director as a maker of serious subjects and melodramas alone.
But, Sibi Malayil, definitely is a film-maker with capabilities beyond that. He has proved that time and again with his works.
He did find success through films like Summer In Bethlahem, a breezy entertainer which is considered to be one of the finest works of the director.
Of late, the director has been a bit out of touch. His previous film Saigaal Paadukayanu failed to make a mark in the box-office.
We wish the maverick film-maker a very Happy Birthday. And at the same time we hope that the director would make a big comeback through his upcoming films.