Without a second thought, it could be said that Malayalam film industry did produce some brilliant films in the 1980's and 1990's and hence that time period could be considered as the golden period of Malayalam films.
It was in those days that many talented writers and directors collaborated to give some evergreen classics to Malayalam cinema.
Here we list some of the best director-writer combinations of Malayalam cinema..
Hariharan-M T Vasudevan Nair
Nothing much has to be said about this pair. The names speak for themselves. M T Vasudevan Nair has scripted some gems like Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha, Aaranyakam, Amritamgamaya, Pazhassi Raja for director Hariharan, all of which have attained a cult classic status.
Padmarajan himself was a magnificent director but, there is a special charm for the movies directed by Bharathan and written by Padmarajan. They started their journey with the film Prayanam, and the team has given us some memorable movies like Lorry, Rathinirvedam, Eenam etc.
If we take a list of the most loved movies of 1980 and early 1990's, then the list would feature good number of movies of this duo. Films like Sanmanasullavarkku Samadhanam, T P Balagopalan M A, Sandesam, Varavelppu etc. are still the favourites of Malayalam audiences.
The team has gifted us some brilliant emotional dramas with some strong content. Films like Kireedom, Thaniyavarthanam, Bharatham, Dasaratham etc. explored the actors in Mammootty and Mohanlal, the most.
Shaji Kailas-Renji Panicker
They share a special camaraderie and that has been reflected in most of the movies of this duo. The powerful writing of Renji Panikker when coupled with the stylish making of Shaji Kailas, did turn out be an effective combination.
K Madhu-S N Swami
This particular team is the brain behind many of the classic investigative thrillers of Malayalam cinema. They gifted Malayalam cinema the CBI series films, which is by far, one of the most successful franchises of Malayalam cinema.
I V Sasi-T Damodaran
The brilliance of T Damodaran in scripting movies with quality content is well-known to the audiences. I V Sasi is one such director who has made the best use of the writer's scripts.
Most of the above director-writer pairs have played a big role in moulding quality Malayalam films. Certain pair specialized on certain genres, and thus giving some versatile films to the industry.
More importantly, it was during that period that actors like Mammootty and Mohanlal flourished to their fullest. These director-writer pairs have played a great role in moulding them as talented actors and superstars.
Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha of Hariharan-M T Vasudevan Nair team and Bharatham of Sibi Malayil-Lohithadas team, were the films which gave National recognition to Mammootty and Mohanlal respectively, for the first time.
More importantly, films from these director-writer pairs have created some of the biggest hits of Malayalam cinema. And those films are still close to the hearts of Malayalam film audiences.