Some actors have a special chemistry with certain directors, which prompt them to work together again and again. That good chemistry gets transferred to their films also, offering a wonderful experience on screen.
It has to be noted indeed that these directors have played an important role in establishing these actors as stars. So, let us take a look at some of the best director-actor combinations that Malayalam cinema has witnessed.
Priyadarshan - Mohanlal
Definitely, this duo would top this list as they have entertained Malayalam cinema fans, time and again. They have given some evergreen classics and whenever they join hands, viewers have all the reasons to get excited.
I V Sasi - Mammootty
I V Sasi has played a quintessential role in establishing Mammootty as a lead actor. This director-actor duo has provided some very interesting movies, exploring the actor in Mammootty. The number of blockbusters that these combinations have given, stand as a testimony to that.
Joshiy - Mammootty
They formed an incredible pair with a number of blockbusters under their sleeve. Joshiy's New Delhi, which went on to become the biggest blockbuster of Mammootty's career, marked the tremendous comeback of the actor after a string of flops.
Sathyan Anthikkad – Mohanlal
We all love to see the movies of this combination. In fact, Sathyan Anthikkad played a pivotal role in establishing Mohanlal's boy next door image, providing the actor with characters which were easily relatable.
Rajasenan - Jayaram
The 1990's was blessed by this combination which gave a good number of movies. In fact, more than 80% of Rajasenan movies had Jayaram as the lead actor. A box office hit was guaranteed each time they joined hands together.
Suresh Gopi – Shaji Kailas
These two names say everything about the pwer of this combination. Shaji Kailas has played an important role in establishing Suresh Gopi as the superstar of Malayalam cinema. The director gave Suresh Gopi a much needed transformation through films like Commissioner, which made him a superstar.
Lal Jose _ Dileep
We know that they have been good friends since their days in films as assistant directors. It was Lal Jose's Meesamadhavan that gave Dileep the superstar tag and made him the Janapriyanayakan.
Vineeth Sreenivasan - Nivin Pauly
Well, Vineeth Sreenivasan is the director who brought Nivin Pauly to films. Vineeth is the same person who gave an image transformation to Nivin through Thattathin Marayathu and thus expanding his fan base. Now, with a hat trick of superhits, this combination is on a roll.
But, it has to be said that, of late, there has been a change in this trend. Actors are found to be moving out of their comfort zones and it is a good sign for cinema.
Directors too, are willing to experiment with other actors and thus delivering fresh and different combinations.
Actors like Prithviraj, Fahadh and Dulquer Salmaan have been the front-runners in this by opting to work with different directors and thus stepping out of their comfort zone.
The Big M's are also now opting to work with new directors. Mammootty has always been known for bringing up young and new directors. Now, Mohanlal also trying for a change, opting to work with upcoming talents.