Indian cinema has carved a niche for itself in the world platform. Regional cinemas have contributed a lot to this feat. With the upcoming popularity of movies from the south and the fermenting north vs south debate, Malayalam cinema, in particular, has garnered a lot of attention. The industry has produced some of the finest and most hilarious movies that have left audiences in splits. Over the years, the Malayalam film industry has produced some timeless comedy classics that continue to make us laugh even today. In this article, we will delve into the world of Malayalam comedy movies and take a look at some of the best movies that have brought tears of joy to our eyes
What sets Malayalam comedy movies apart is the attention to detail in the writing. The movies are not just about making people laugh but also have a strong storyline and well-defined characters.
1. Kilukkam (1991)
This movie starring evergreen actors Mohanlal and Revathi follows the story of Nandini and Joji. Nandini, who is in search of her father, pretends to be mentally ill in order to gain shelter at his house. Joji and Nandini are polar opposites, and their interactions form the basis of the humor in the movie. This movie is sure to tickle a funny bone or two in you. The chemistry between Mohanlal and Revathy is excellent and adds to the film’s overall charm. It is available on Disney+Hotstar.
2. Pranchiyettan & The Saint (2010)
Starring the superstar Mammootty, this movie is a hilarious take on the eponymous protagonist who sets out to popularise himself in the larger society. It’s the story of a wealthy businessman named Pranchi, who is obsessed with his social status and tries to elevate his status in society by getting an honorary title from the church. The film’s humor is derived from Pranchi’s antics and his constant struggle to achieve his goal.
The supporting cast, including Siddique, Innocent, and Priyamani, also deliver excellent performances, adding to the film’s overall charm. This movie is streaming on MX player.
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3. Romancham (2023)
With an impressive IMDb rating of 8.1, the movie is a comedy-drama about seven bachelors and their encounter with spirits. This Soubin Shahir- starrer has successfully minted 62 crores at the box office in the very first month.
The film tells the story of three friends, Rony, Manu, and Chemban, who set out on a road trip to Chennai to fulfill Rony’s dream of becoming a singer. Along the way, they encounter a series of hilarious and unexpected situations that form the basis of the film’s humor.
4. Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam (2022)
This comedy-drama starring Mammootty tells the story of a group of Malayali travellers and how one of them starts to behave like a Tamil native. This movie walks the viewers through a tale of dreams, delusions, and loads of chuckles. It is available on Netflix.
5. Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam (1986)
This movie follows the story of a house owner’s dire attempt to make his tenants leave his property. This is an evergreen comedy movie starring Mohanlal and is available on Youtube.
6. Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu (1988)
This movie has Sreenivasan and Snehalatha in the lead roles. Way before Friends was popular, this comedy-drama tells the story of Bhaskaran and the age old problem of the love triangle in a comical way. It is available on Youtube.
7. Chithram (1988)
Another bone-tickling movie, Mohanlal has done an amazing job as Vishnu, a seemingly wealthy man. Directed by Priyadarshan, it has an IMDb rating of 8.7! It is streaming on Disney+Hotstar as well as Youtube.
8. Ishtam (2001)
Way before Pyaar ka Punchnama or Sonu ki Titu ki Sweety ( I hope I got that right, sigh!) Ishtam brings to you a comedic bromance between the father-son duo. This movie stars Dileep and Navya Nair and is available on MX Player.
9. Bangalore Days (2014)
No list is complete without a mention of this slice-of-life movie starring our beloved Fahaadh Faasil, Nazriya Nazim, Nivin Pauly and so many more of the most famous actors of this industry. This movie follows the stories of three cousins and their lives post their shift to Bangalore. A favourite among people of all age groups, this movie is streaming on Disney+Hotstar.
10. Kerala Cafe (2009)
This is an anthology of ten stories that have a common connection with the eponymous cafe. It stars some of the greatest actors of the Malayalam industry like Mammootty, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Suresh Gopi and others. It is available on Disney+Hotstar.
That’s a wrap! These were some of the best Malayalam comedy movies everyone must watch.