There is a particular genre that has not been tried and tested much in Malayalam films. Yes, we are talking about science fiction films, which are very rare to find in Malayalam cinema.
Only a very few films in Malayalam have dealt with such kind of
subject. Take a look at some of the science fiction movies in
Karutha Rathrikal (1967)
This film directed by Mahesh is the first notable science
fiction movie in Malayalam. The film had Madhu in the lead role and
he played the role of a doctor who invents a medicine that creates
split personality among people.
Jaithra Yaathra (1987)
Jaithra Yaathra directed by J Sasikumar is another
science fiction film which had Nizhalkal Ravi and Thilakan in the
lead role. The film is about a locket that helps people to go
Vinayan came up with the film Athisayan, which was based on the
English film Hulk. The film had Jacky Shroff in the role
of a scientist who is working on a project that would make people
Bharathan Effect (2007)
This film written by Madhu Muttam and directed by Anil Das
revolved around a person named Bharathan, who makes an invention
that leads to the creation of a flying object that uses the concept
of anti-gravity. The film had Biju Menon in the lead role.
Red Rain (2013)
The film directed by Rahul Sadasivan is the first Malayalam film
that did take a look into the extraterrestrial life. The film which
had Narain in the lead role did win lot of appreciations for its
It has to be noted that, most of the films in the above list
didn't find much success at the box-office. This might be the
reason why Malayalam film-makers are reluctant to make films of
Moreover, science fiction movies are being made in big
industries like Bollywood and Hollywood, that too, under a big
budget, which is a prerequisite for such kind of films.
Recently, the Tamil film 24 directed by Vikram Kumar
with Suriya in the lead role got released and was a big success in
Kerala also. Malayalam films, with the very limited market they
have, can't afford to make movies with a large-scale
But, according to the reports, Malayalam cinema will get its
first time-travel movie soon. The film which has been titled as
Tik Tok will be directed by debutante Vivek Anirudh. The
film will have Tovino Thomas in the lead role.
We hope that the movie would make this genre much popular in Malayalam cinema too.