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When Music Became The Central Theme: 8 Malayalam Films Based On Music!

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Malayalam film industry is blessed with umpteen number of talented singers and musicians who continue to create wonders with their works.

Coupling them with the talented film-makers and actors, industry could bravely take up films based on music. Here, we list some of the Malayalam films which were based on music.

Go through the slides to know more about the films..

His Highness Abdullah (1990)

The film had Mohanlal playing the role of a guy named Abdullah, a singer, who takes up the contract to kill a person. Music plays a very important role in this film and with some great songs set to tune by Raveendran, the film went on to become one among the best musical films of all time.

Bharatham (1991)

The story of two brothers, who are also talented carnatic singers, was exceptionally well-crafted by Sibi Malayail under the script written by Lohithadas. Music plays a very important role in this film and the songs set to tune by Raveendran, still follow a cult status.

Sargam (1992)

Another film released in the early 90's which had some excellent songs set to tune by Bombay Ravi. The film which had Vineeth and Manoj K Jayan in the lead roles, narrated the story of a guy named Haridas, a talented yet unexplored singer.

Kizhakkunarum Pakshi (1991)

The film directed by Venu Nagavally had some great songs set to tune by maestro Raveendran. The film narrated the life of a musician named Ananthu, played by Mohanlal. It did take a close look in to the music industry and the hardships faced by singers and musicians in the industry.

Swathi Thirunal (1987)

The film directed by Lenin Rajendran was based on the life of Maharaja of Travancore, Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, who was also a great musician. The film had the songs set to tune by M B Sreenivasan.

Millenium Stars (2000)

Probably, this film directed by Jayaraj is different from the others in the list. The film which had Jayaram, Suresh Gopi and Biju Menon in the lead roles, narrated the story of two singers who make it from rag to riches.

Mazha (2000)

Mazha directed by Lenin Rajendran was based on the novel Nashtapetta Neelambari written by Kamala Surayya. The film narrated the love story of Bhadra(Samyuktha Varma) and her music teacher Sastrigal(Biju menon). The film had some soulful songs tuned by Raveendran.

Malarvadi Arts Club (2010)

Malarvadi Arts Club narrated the story of five friends, who owns a music troupe of their own. The film had some great numbers set to tune by Shaan Rahman. Malarvadi Arts Club actually focused more into the friendship factor.


A close look in to the films in the above list would reveal the fact that major chunk of the films were released in the 90's. It should also be noted that, films like His Highness Abdullah, Bharatham etc. which had Mohanlal in the lead roles were big hits.

Of late, music based films have become less common. The sole exception being Nivin Pauly starrer Malarvadi Arts Club directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan. The film was indeed a blend of music and friendship. The film was a success at the box-office.

Present day film-makers are a bit reluctant to try out subjects purely based on music thinking about the success factor. But, it has to be noted that such films do have a market even now, provided the films are made keeping in mind the changes of the time.

Well, with so many new talents cropping up in our industry, let us hope that Mollywood would soon get some good music based films.

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