Malayalam cinema doesn't have many gangster movies to its credit. There are only very few movies which have completely stayed loyal to this genre.
Take a look at some of the finest gangster movies released in
Stop Violence has to be the best movie of A K Saajan
till date. The movie had some gory scenes but had taken a realistic
approach. Prithviraj played the role of a deadly gangster named
Saathan, a role which fetched him good reviews.
Ivar, the movie wasn't a big hit back then. The film
was different in its making style and it told the story of an
undercover police officer played by Jayaram. Biju Menon's act of
Paambu Jose did receive great reviews.
Black, scripted and directed by Ranjith was different
from all his previous ventures. The movie which had Mammootty in
the role of a gangster police named Karikkamuri Shanmughan, was
intense, dark and spot on.
Big B, undoubtedly is the most stylist movie in this list. The
movie directed by Amal Neerad which is a perfect example of a
stylish gangster flick, went on to become a trendsetter.
The debut movie of Dulquer Salmaan had all the elements to be
categorized as a gangster movie. A brilliant making from Sreenath
Rajendran and genuine performances from all the actors ensured the
success of the movie.
In the late 1980's and early 1990's, the industry witnessed some
movies which had gang war's and related stuffs as themes.
Films like Aryan, Abhimanyu, Indrajalam, Samrajyam,
Irupatham Noottaandu etc dealt with gangsters and underworld
related stories. But, they were more like action dramas and less
like pure gangster flicks.
With a fresh wave hitting the Malayalam cinema, we saw new
directors trying for a makeover in gangster movies. Amal Neerad
came up with Sagar Alias Jackey and Aashique Abu
came up with Gangster, both of which didn't make a lasting impact
in the minds of the audience.
It should also be noted that, gangster movies have not found
great success in Malayalam cinema. The cases have been different
for other language films.
Malayalam movie audiences have not been so keen on accepting movies which are high on violence content. Movies like Stop Violence did emerge as a hit but wasn't a runaway success like Malayalam films of other genres.