Election fever has taken a firm grip on Kerala. People and media are largely discussing about the probable winners.
Today, we are going to list some of the best political films that Malayalam cinema has produced. Take a look.
Panchavadi Palam (1984)
This is undoubtedly the best among the lot. If we take a list of best satires, this would feature right on the top. The story of the film revolved around a panchayath, but had put forward some important points which were a direct representation of political system of Kerala.
Sandesam was more than just a political satire. The film gave an important message to the aimless youth who are unaware about politics. The film also takes a dig at various political parties and their agendas.
Lal Salam (1990)
The film narrated the story of three comrades enacted by Mohanlal, Murali and Geetha. The film takes us back to the days when communist party was formed and also shows the rise of the party in Kerala. The film was loosely inspired from the lives of Smt. K R Gouri Amma and T V Thomas.
Nayam Vyakthamakkunnu (1991)
Mammootty played the lead character of Sukumaran, who turns the Chief Minister of the State. But, Sukumaran's wife, distances herself from him, which affects even his work as a Chief Minister. The importance that family holds in a politician's life has been well-explained in this film.
The film was more along the lines of a political thriller. It delved into the issues of campus politics and had criticised the misuse of students in the name of politics by various parties. The film directed by Shaji Kailas had its script written by Renji Panikker.
Malayalam cinema has had only very few politics based movies, which stayed true to the genre. Films which are cent percent based on politics are very hard to find in Malayalam cinema.
But we have got movies which could be termed as political thrillers, which were more along the lines of action dramas. Films of Shaji Kailas and Renji Panikker are examples of this genre.
Films like Commissioner, The King, Ekalavyan, Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans, Janadhipathyam, Vellimoonga etc had politics as a central theme.
Films like Sandesam and Panchavadi Palam did have more of a realistic approach, which made them feature in the list of best political films in Malayalam.
Nowadays, such films are hard to find. Interestingly, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's most recent film Ozhivu Divasathe Kali, which won the Kerala State Film award for Best Film, did present a view on the current political situations and also the outlook of people towards elections.