Romance is the ever favourite genre of the movie lovers of all ages. From the evolution of feature films, love and relationships have been a major topic which gained the attention of film makers of both Indian and world movie platforms. Popular love stories like Casablanca created waves of change in Hollywood platform, while classics like Pyasaa and Devdas revolutionised the Indian movie scenario.
When it comes to Malayalam movies, the trend is not different. Mollywood gradually changed its base from the social-thrillers to romantic subjects. The industry witnessed the ascend of some extra-ordinary talents in film making; and this resulted in the total change in framework of Malayalam cinema.
There was an era in Malayalam cinema, during which the industry had the maximum number of love stories. But later, the scenario changed and the romantic movies started to become stereotyped. The romantic movies shrank into a shell, and romance was blended with the family subjects.
Film makers like Bharathan and Padmarajan are the popular movie makers who experimented with the various aspects of love in the movies. They played a major role in breaking the so called cliches of romantic movies with some exceptional love stories which portrayed various stages of romance, in different narrative styles.
We saw the transition of love stories from the usual dramas to unconventional love stories. Such movies discussed the romance between the people of various age groups, with much creativity. Some, even managed to create a revolution in the Malayalam movie industry as well as the society, with their distinctive themes. Movies like Chamaram, Rathinirvedham, Thoovanathumbikal etc are the best examples for the movies which broke all the so called cliches of love stories.
Here we bring the 10 classic love stories of Malayalam cinema, which are selected on the basis of the variety in theme and narration, and the intensity of romance. Have a look through the slides.
Madanolsavam, directed by N Shankaran Nair is one of the classic love stories of Malayalam cinema. The movie is an adaption of the 1970 Hollywood romantic movie Love Story. Madanolsavam, which has Kamal Haasan and Serina Wahab in the lead role, depicted the story of a young man who struggles to build a life with his terminally ill wife.
Chamaram, directed by Bharathan, is one of the revolutionary love stories of Malayalam cinema. The movie, which had Prathap Pothan and Serina Wahab in the lead roles, portrayed the romantic relationship between a college lecturer and her student.
Thoovanathumbikal, directed by Padmarajan is one of the best ever love stories in Malayalam and one of the best movies of lead actor Mohanlal. The movie revolves around the love triangle of Jayakrishnan-a young man from an aristocratic family, Clara-a prostitute and Radha-a college student. The movie stands out for the presentation of a totally different love story, which broke all stereotypes.
Yathra, directed by renowned cinematographer-director Balu Mahendra, can be doubtlessly included in the list of 10 classic love stories of Mollywood. The movie, which stars Mammootty and Shobana in the lead role, depicts the love story of an ex-convict and a tribal girl. The climax of the movie is considered as one of the best climax scenes of Mollywood.
Namukku Parkkan Munthirithoppukal
Namukku Parkkan Munthirithoppukal is another classic love story by the master director Padmarajan. The movie portrayed the love story of Solomon, a young planter and Sophia, a middle class girl who gets raped by her step father.
Njan Gandharvan, which had Nitish Baradwaj and Suparna Anand in the lead roles, illustrated the love story of human girl and her celestial lover (Gandharva). The movie went on to become a huge critical and commercial success. It was the last movie of veteran director Padmarajan.
Aniyathipravu, directed by Fazil, is one of the most successful love stories Malayalam cinema. The movie which marked the acting debut of Kunchako Boban and Shalini's debut lead roles, went on to become a huge critical and commercial success. Aniyathipravu, was later remade into Tamil as Kadhalukku Mariyadhai, with Vijay in the lead role. The movie portrayed the love story of Sudhi, a Hindu boy and Mini a Christian girl.
Meghamalhar, directed by Kamal revolves around the story of 2 childhood friends, who fails to express their love for each other and meet years after. Interestingly, Biju Menon and Samyuktha Varma, who essayed the lead roles in the movie, tied the knot immediately after the release of the movie.
Thirakkatha, directed by Ranjith, illustrated the real life love story of veteran actor Kamal Haasan and popular actress Sri Vidya. Anoop Menon and Priya Mani enacted the roles of Kamal Haasan and Sri Vidya onscreen. The movie earned huge critical acclaims and Anoop Menon won the Kerala State Film Award and Filmfare Award for Best Supporting actor, for his performance.
Pranayam, directed by Blessy is a partial adaption of Hollywood movie Innocence. Pranayam, which had Mohanlal, Anupam Kher and Jayaprada in the lead roles, illustrated the love story of a divorced old couple Achutha Menon and Grace, who meet years after, when Grace lives with her second husband Mathews.