Malayalam movies have always been beautiful, encompassing multitudes of emotions and embodying graceful filmmaking. Malayalam romantic movies, are, of course, the wearers of the crown. There are so many treasures of films that have not permeated the rest of the Indian market and it is a misfortune that that has happened because the audiences who have missed out have seriously been deprived. Here are 15 of the best romantic Malayalam movies which we think are iconic and worthy of every bit of acclaim:
Padmarajan wrote and directed Namukku Parkkan Munthirithoppukal, a 1986 Indian Malayalam-language romance drama film based on K. K. Sudhakaran’s novel Nammukku Gramangalil Chennu Rapparkkam. Mohanlal, Shari, Thilakan, Vineeth, and Kaviyoor Ponnamma appear in the film. Johnson composed the music for the film. The story revolves around a Malayali Christian-Nasrani (“Nazarene”) family from Syria. There are references to the biblical book Song of Songs throughout the story, which shows a loving dialogue between a young woman and her lover. A beautiful film, NPMT is easily among the top mentions in the list of the best romantic Malayalam movies of all time.
Alphonse Puthren wrote, directed, and edited Premam (Love), a 2015 Indian Malayalam-language coming-of-age romance film. Nivin Pauly and Sai Pallavi star in the lead roles, alongside Madonna Sebastian, Anupama Parameswaran, Shabareesh Varma, Krishna Sankar, Ananth Nag, Siju Wilson, and others in supporting roles. The film featured the acting debuts of several of the film’s leading ladies, including (Pallavi, Anupama and Madonna). George and his buddies are followed from adolescence through adulthood in this story. While George’s first love turns out to be a dud, Malar, a college lecturer, reignites his passion. His amorous adventure leads him through numerous stages, assisting him in discovering his true calling.
Annayum Rasoolum is a romantic drama film directed by Rajeev Ravi (in his directorial debut) and written by Santhosh Echikkanam based on a tale by Ravi that was released in 2013. The plot centres around a star-crossed romance between Rasool (Fahadh Faasil), a Muslim taxi driver, and Anna (Andrea Jeremiah), a Latin Christian salesgirl, both from orthodox working class families, set in Kerala’s Vypin islands. This movie is exceptional and undoubtedly counts itself in any enumeration of the best Malayalam romantic movies.
Madhu C. Narayanan directed Kumbalangi Nights, a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language drama film. Shane Nigam, Fahadh Faasil, Soubin Shahir, and Sreenath Bhasi star in the film, which also features newcomers Anna Ben, Grace Antony, and Mathew Thomas in key parts. The film is set in the titular fishing hamlet of Kumbalangi in Kochi, Kerala, and revolves around four brothers living together in a dysfunctional home and how they eventually stand up for each other as a family.
Ahammed Khabeer co-wrote and directed June, a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language coming-of-age romantic comedy film. Rajisha Vijayan, Sarjano Khalid, Arjun Ashokan, Joju George, Aswathi Menon, and Sunny Wayne feature in the film. In addition, 15 newcomers make their acting debut in the picture.
Thattathin Marayathu is a 2012 Indian Malayalam-language romantic film written and directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan and starring Nivin Pauly and Isha Talwar. Aju Varghese, Manoj K. Jayan, Sunny Wayne, Sreeram Ramachandran, Bhagath Manuel, Manikuttan, Sreenivasan, and Niveda Thomas are among the supporting cast members. The story follows Vinod (Nivin Pauly), a Hindu kid, and Aisha (Isha Talwar), a Muslim girl, and the friction that arises from their interfaith romance. In Telugu, the film was recreated as Saheba Subramanyam, while in Tamil, it was remade as Meendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai. It would be extremely reductive if this movie was not included in the list of the best romantic Malayalam movies.
Aashiq Abu directed Salt N’ Pepper, a 2011 Indian Malayalam-language romantic comedy film. Lal, Asif Ali, Shweta Menon, and Mythili appear in the film, which also has Baburaj and Vijayaraghavan in supporting parts. Two couples’ love tales are depicted in the film. Kalidasan, an archaeologist; Maya, a dubbing artist; Meenakshi, an IELTS student; Manu, a cheerful management graduate; and Babu, Kalidasan’s chef are the primary characters. In the plot, food plays a significant part.
Ennu Ninte Moideen is a 2015 Indian Malayalam-language biographical love drama film written and directed by R. S. Vimal, based on the true tale of Kanchanamala and B. P. Moideen, who met in Mukkam, Kozhikode, in the 1960s. The titular characters of Moideen and Kanchanamala are played by Prithviraj Sukumaran and Parvathy Thiruvothu, respectively, while Bala, Tovino Thomas, Sai Kumar, Sashi Kumar, and Lena play supporting parts.
Jenuse Mohamed’s debut film, 100 Days of Love, is a 2015 Indian Malayalam-language romantic comedy written and directed by him. Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen play key roles in the film. On March 20, 2015, the film was released globally. M R Vibin and Suhail Ibrahim collaborated on the dialogues.
P. Padmarajan wrote and directed Thoovanathumbikal, a 1987 Indian Malayalam-language love drama film based largely on his own novel Udakappola. It follows Jayakrishnan (Mohanlal), who has feelings for two women: Radha (Parvathy), a distant relative, and Clara (Sumalatha), a town escort.
Chemmeen is a 1965 Indian Malayalam-language romance film based on Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai’s novel of the same name. S. L. Puram Sadanandan translated it into a screenplay, which was directed by Ramu Kariat. The film depicts Karuthamma, the daughter of a successful fisherman, and Pareekutty, the son of a wealthy trader, in a pre-marital and eventually extra-marital relationship. The film’s topic is based on common folklore about virginity among fishermen’s villages along Kerala’s coast in southern India. It is a complicated and nuanced movie that makes it count itself among the best Malayalam romantic movies.
Blessy wrote and directed Pranayam, a 2011 Indian Malayalam-language love drama film. Mohanlal, Jaya Prada, and Anupam Kher feature in the film. The plot centres around the love triangle between Mathews (Mohanlal), Grace (Jaya Prada), and Achutha Menon’s characters (Kher). M. Jayachandran composed the film’s soundtrack. According to reports, the film is based on the Australian film Innocence from 2000, with a few sequences from the Chinese film Apart Together from 2010.
Shyamaprasad’s 2012 Malayalam romantic comedy Arike stars Dileep, Samvrutha Sunil, and Mamta Mohandas, and is based on a Bengali short tale by Sunil Gangopadhyay. The romantic comedy is about the several colours of love that exist in a relationship centred on three people and is one of the most beautiful and best romantic Malayalam movies ever.
Adoor Gopalakrishnan wrote, co-produced, and directed Pinneyum (English: Once Again), a 2016 Indian Malayalam-language romantic criminal drama film. Dileep and Kavya Madhavan star in the film, which is based on a love story. Sukumara Kurup, a wanted criminal, committed murder in Kerala in 1984, which inspired this film.
M.T. Vasudevan Nair wrote and directed Oru Cheru Punchiri, a Malayalam film released in 2000. As a filmmaker, this is his sixth picture. The lead actors in the film are Oduvil Unnikrishnan and Nirmala Sreenivasan. The film is based on the short tale Mithunam by Telugu writer Sriramana from the novel of the same name. The simplicity, and the serenity of the film make it an unforgettable mention among the 15 best romantic Malayalam movies.
These movies are all beautiful, candid expressions of love that are sweet and combine people from different sections of society and different ages and the lovely dynamics they foster. This list tries to make a meagre compilation of our favorite 15 movies from the best romantic Malayalam movies released. We hope you have an amazing time discovering these and more.