Election fever has taken a firm grip on Kerala. People and media are largely discussing about the probable winners.
Today, we are going to list some of the best political films
that Malayalam cinema has produced. Take a look.
Panchavadi Palam (1984)
This is undoubtedly the best among the lot. If we take a list of
best satires, this would feature right on the top. The story of the
film revolved around a panchayath, but had put forward some
important points which were a direct representation of political
system of Kerala.
Sandesam was more than just a political satire. The
film gave an important message to the aimless youth who are unaware
about politics. The film also takes a dig at various political
parties and their agendas.
Lal Salam (1990)
The film narrated the story of three comrades enacted by
Mohanlal, Murali and Geetha. The film takes us back to the days
when communist party was formed and also shows the rise of the
party in Kerala. The film was loosely inspired from the lives of
Smt. K R Gouri Amma and T V Thomas.
Nayam Vyakthamakkunnu (1991)
Mammootty played the lead character of Sukumaran, who turns the
Chief Minister of the State. But, Sukumaran's wife, distances
herself from him, which affects even his work as a Chief Minister.
The importance that family holds in a politician's life has been
well-explained in this film.
The film was more along the lines of a political thriller. It
delved into the issues of campus politics and had criticised the
misuse of students in the name of politics by various parties. The
film directed by Shaji Kailas had its script written by Renji
Malayalam cinema has had only very few politics based movies,
which stayed true to the genre. Films which are cent percent based
on politics are very hard to find in Malayalam cinema.
But we have got movies which could be termed as political
thrillers, which were more along the lines of action dramas. Films
of Shaji Kailas and Renji Panikker are examples of this
Films like Commissioner, The King, Ekalavyan, Sthalathe
Pradhana Payyans, Janadhipathyam, Vellimoonga etc had politics
as a central theme.
Films like Sandesam and Panchavadi Palam did have more of a realistic approach, which made them feature in the list of best political films in Malayalam.
Nowadays, such films are hard to find. Interestingly, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's most recent film Ozhivu Divasathe Kali, which won the Kerala State Film award for Best Film, did present a view on the current political situations and also the outlook of people towards elections.