A new trend has hit Malayalam cinema.The story of prison or jail inmates have started to find acceptance among the film-makers.
Many of the recent Malayalam films have prison playing an
important part in the film. Take a look at some of the Malayalam
films from the past, which had prison playing an important part in
This film directed by Balu Mahendra did depict the life of a
convict with cent percent conviction and believability. Mammootty
played the lead role in this film scripted by John Paul. The movie
was a runaway success and is still regarded as a classic.
New Delhi (1987)
Even though small, jail had an important role to play in New
Delhi directed by Joshiy. The film starring Mammootty had many
sequences which were shot originally in a central jail.
Mathilukal was more of a love story, between a male
convict and a female convict, who are separated by a wall. Directed
by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, the film fetched Mammootty his first
National Award for the Best Actor.
Sadayam scripted by M T Vasudevan Nair and directed by
Sibi Malayil, looked into the life of a convict named Sathyanathan,
who was jailed under the charges of various murders. The movie
which handled a very intense subject was much appreciated.
Kalapani, directed by Priyadarshan had narrated the
life of prisoners of Kalapani, the cellular jail in Andaman And
Nicobar Islands. By far, Kalapani is one of the best
historical movies produced in Malayalam.
Prison and the life of its inmates have been featured in a
number of Malayalam films. Films like Runway, which was a
thorough entertainer had some interesting jail sequences delivered
in an entertaining form.
The recently released trailer of Karinkunnam Sixes
suggests that the film has jail and its inmates playing an
important part in it. The film is said to be about a Volleyball
coach played by Manju Warrier, who decides to form a team using
Another prison based film in the making is Welcome To
Central Jail, which is said to be having majority of the
portions shot in the jail. The film directed by Sunderdas and
scripted by Benny P Nayarambalam has Dileep playing the lead
Recent movies like Munnariyippu and Urumbukal Urangarilla too, had jail playing an important part in it. Escape From Uganda, which had Rima Kallingal in the lead role, is one of the first jailbreak movies in Malayalam.