What makes a road movie so popular among the masses? The answer is simple, these type of movies take you for a journey, making you think at times and anxious at other times.
Today, we are going to list some of the best road movies in
Malayalam. Some of the films in this list also fall into the genre
of a road thriller.
Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi
This film definitely falls into the genre of road movies. The
film is about the journey of Kasi and Suni, covering various
places. This journey, in turn brings in some changes in the
outlooks of Kasi played by Dulquer Salmaan. This film directed by
Sameer Thahir is the best example of a road movie.
Another movie that suits the genre perfectly. The film takes you
through the journey of Rani and Padmini, and some encounters that
they have while on the journey to Himachal Pradesh. The film
directed by Aashiq Abu stayed true to the genre, but wasn't a big
success at the box-office.
This film directed by Dr Biju is about a doctor who sets off for
a journey with a kid, to find the latter's father. The film had a
very strong content and won wide acclaim at various festival
Bhramaram could be tagged as a thriller since the movie
progresses with a lot of suspense factors. Bhramaram, talks about
the mission of Sivankutty to bring back two of his old friends to
his native place. The movie progresses as a road thriller for most
of its duration.
Yet another movie, which could be categorized as a road
thriller. The film starts off in a different fashion and with a
shift in the second half, the film progresses as a road movie. The
film directed by Sameer Thair has Dulquer Salmaan and Sai Pallavi
in the lead roles.
Tamil and Hindi film industries have made proper use of this
genre. Interestingly, Bollywood has produced good number of films
which could be categorized as road movies.
But, there are only very few movies in Malayalam which could be
called as a complete road movie. Neelakasham Pachakadal
Chuvanna Bhoomi, is one of the first full-length road movies
released in Malayalam.
Rani Padmini, directed by Aashiq Abu with Manju Warrier
and Rima Kallingal in the lead roles also falls into this
It has to be noted that, many road movies were announced in the
past. But, most of them failed to materialize owing to various
Interestingly, Malayalam cinema has witnessed more road
thrillers than pure road movies. The movie Traffic, was
kind of a road thriller, which dealt with a journey and a mission
to be accomplished.
Vineeth Sreenivasan's debut production venture Anandham, which is being directed by Ganesh Raj, is said to be about a journey of college students in a bus.