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If there is a genre which has not been made use of to the fullest, in Malayalam cinema, then it has to be the fantasy genre. Malayalam cinema has witnessed some fine works in this genre, but for some reasons, the numbers are less.
Today, we take you through some of the finest fantasy movies in Malayalam. Take a look. (Horror films have not been considered.)
My Dear Kuttichathan
How can we miss out this film, which is considered to be the face and pride of Malayalam cinema? The film, which is the first 3D Film made in India, took the concept of Kuttichathan to make a fantasy subject, which stands enjoyable even now.
Padmarajan came up with this masterpiece, which still ranks among the best movies which had a fantasy element. The film did deal with the story of a Gandharva and a girl who falls in love with him.
This could be one of the most underrated works in Malayalam cinema. The film was partially animated and it did come up with such a subject, back in those days when fantasy films were rare. The film narrated the story of a kid and his friendship with an animated character named O' Faby.
Sakshaal Sreemaan Chaathunni
This film directed by Anil Babu, was once the favourite of most of the kids. The film which had Innocent, Jagadish and Baiju in the lead roles, had a story in the lines of My Dear Kuttichathan.
Guru, did take us to an entirely different world and at the same time the film conveyed a very important social message. The film did win great reviews and is considered to be a classic in Malayalam cinema.
Vinayan's Albhuthadweep was a fine attempt which was largely successful in recreating Gulliver's Travels. The film was convincing enough with the story line and had some fun moments.
Even though, the film doesn't exactly belong to the fantasy genre, the film definitely had some fantasy elements which would make it an easy entrant to this list. The film which was based on age-old myths had some great moments to offer.
One of the recent movies that made proper use of the fantasy genre. The film was thoroughly entertaining and more importantly, the film had logic at the right place.
Most of the films in the above list have went on to become a success at the box-office.
Let us take the example of My Dear Kuttichathan, which is the first ever 3D film made in India. The film does have takers even now. Multiple versions of the film were released and each time, the film did draw crowds to the theatres.
Of late, there has been a dearth of fantasy films in Malayalam. The makers are worried about the success and acceptance of such films in Malayalam.
Most recently, films like Ithihasa, which handled a very interesting theme, went on to be a big success at the box-office. The film which was made in a very small budget, did fetch gold at the box-office.
Let us hope that, in the coming days, Malayalam cinema would witness more and more films from the fantasy genre.