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Malayalam cinema doesn't have many gangster movies to its credit. There are only very few movies which have completely stayed loyal to this genre.
Take a look at some of the finest gangster movies released in Malayalam.
Stop Violence has to be the best movie of A K Saajan till date. The movie had some gory scenes but had taken a realistic approach. Prithviraj played the role of a deadly gangster named Saathan, a role which fetched him good reviews.
Ivar, the movie wasn't a big hit back then. The film was different in its making style and it told the story of an undercover police officer played by Jayaram. Biju Menon's act of Paambu Jose did receive great reviews.
Black, scripted and directed by Ranjith was different from all his previous ventures. The movie which had Mammootty in the role of a gangster police named Karikkamuri Shanmughan, was intense, dark and spot on.
Big B, undoubtedly is the most stylist movie in this list. The movie directed by Amal Neerad which is a perfect example of a stylish gangster flick, went on to become a trendsetter.
The debut movie of Dulquer Salmaan had all the elements to be categorized as a gangster movie. A brilliant making from Sreenath Rajendran and genuine performances from all the actors ensured the success of the movie.
In the late 1980's and early 1990's, the industry witnessed some movies which had gang war's and related stuffs as themes.
Films like Aryan, Abhimanyu, Indrajalam, Samrajyam, Irupatham Noottaandu etc dealt with gangsters and underworld related stories. But, they were more like action dramas and less like pure gangster flicks.
With a fresh wave hitting the Malayalam cinema, we saw new directors trying for a makeover in gangster movies. Amal Neerad came up with Sagar Alias Jackey and Aashique Abu came up with Gangster, both of which didn't make a lasting impact in the minds of the audience.
It should also be noted that, gangster movies have not found great success in Malayalam cinema. The cases have been different for other language films.
Malayalam movie audiences have not been so keen on accepting movies which are high on violence content. Movies like Stop Violence did emerge as a hit but wasn't a runaway success like Malayalam films of other genres.