Revenge dramas are one of the most popular genres in cinema. Umpteen number of films have been made in this particular genre.
In Mollywood, this genre started gaining popularity in the
1980s. Most of the action thrillers of those days had revenge as
the central theme.
Here, we list some of the most popular and well-made revenge
movies in Malayalam cinema. Take a look.
Well, New Delhi has to be the mother of all revenge
movies in Malayalam. This film directed by Joshiy, had Mammootty in
the role of a media tycoon named G Krishnamoorthy, who takes
revenge on people who had once distorted his normal life.
Chanakyan, by far, is one of the best brainy revenge
thrillers of Malayalam cinema. The film, directed by T K Rajeev
Kumar, had Kamal Haasan in the lead role. Chanakyan, had
good moments of thrill, without questioning the logic.
Well, only someone like M T Vasudevan Nair, could have thought
of scripting a revenge movie of this sorts. The premises, the
characterisation, the narrative pattern etc. were all different.
Add to it, the brilliant making by Bharathan, the film became a
Nobody would have thought that Sathyan Anthikkad could make such
a movie. Pingami, by far, is one of the most underrated
revenge dramas of Malayalam cinema. The film scripted by Raghunath
Paleri had an interesting narrative pattern.
Vandanam might be considered as one of the best comedy
thrillers of all time. But, the film did have a revenge element
underlined in it, which worked pretty well with the
Lelam is more of a power-packed action drama, which had
some scintillating dialogues written by Renji Panicker. At the same
time, revenge factor drives the movie forward adding the required
22 Female Kottayam
Aashiq Abu showed the guts to make a female-centric movie by
narrating the story of a girl, who takes revenge on the people who
raped her. The film was both critically and commercially
Revenge, was the central theme of the film Big B. The
movie didn't have any suspense factor associated with it, but the
stylish making and edge-of-the-seat moments make this movie, a
Theevram, wasn't a big success when it was released in
the theatres. But, with the release of the DVDs, the film gained
attention. The narrative pattern of the film and the mode of
revenge, make it worthy enough to enter this list.
Bhramaram proceeds like a road movie until the revenge
factor comes in to play. Blessy has made this film in a peculiar
fashion, mixing up the elements of revenge and suspense in equal
Next in the line is Prithviraj starrer Oozham, directed
by Jeethu Joseph. The film marks the comeback of the director-actor
duo, after their much acclaimed movie, Memories, which
released in the year 2013.
In fact, Memories too, had revenge theme underlined in
it, but the film was more in the lines of an investigative
Coming to Oozham, Jeethu Joseph has clarified that the
film is a revenge drama and won't be having any suspense element in
it. The director also gave away that the suspense element of the
film would be revealed within the first 10 minutes of the
Well, going by the indications given by the trailer of Oozham, we surely can expect a thrilling revenge drama from Jeethu Joseph and we hope that the film would find a place in the list of best revenge movies of Malayalam.