Lost in Solitude Top 10- Malayalam

Malayalam cinema is known to enchant viewers with its superior aesthetics even in commercial hits. This list includes must watches handpicked from a big treasure of feel good quality cinema. These can be best enjoyed when you are lonely or home alone or on a lazy Saturday evening or when it pours outside.
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1.
Aranyakam (1988)
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When feudal lords try to exploit the tribal people, a group of naxals put up resistance. The feudal lords decide to suppress the resistance. Who will emerge triumphant in the fight for justice?
Director: T. Hariharan
“ OF THE FOREST (1988)

As the name indicates, the film revolves enchantingly and thought provokingly around a jungle which is as dense as the lead protagonist played by Salima. The forest is the only respite for her as she is virtually orphaned by her huge matriarchal family. The forest has turned into a kingdom which she reigns in.

As the subtext, the film also shows the sufferings of the "lesser humans"- the tribals of Kerala.

Will Ammini be able to bring a positive change in their lives?
How will she face the menace of Naxalism? ” - rogbronz
 
2.
Njan Gandharvan (1991)
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The film is an esoteric fantasy about a girl and her passion for a celestial lover, who keeps appearing from a wooden statue that she found on a beach but is invisible to others. (146 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
“ I AM THE CELESTIAL MAN (1991)

Gandharva is a fantasy man in all Malayalam fairy tales who come down from the skies to woo beautiful girls under 20.

But suddenly a happening, outgoing teenager realizes that the story comes alive in her case as she is visited by a Gandharva every night. The film creatively and sensually explores their love story and the subsequent supernatural happenings.

The typical "Padmarajan touch" can be seen in the lovemaking sequences.

A must watch. ” - rogbronz
 
3.
Ritu (2009)
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Ritu tells the tale of three young friends who move through a fascinating season in their lives, different from the earlier one they really cherished. (138 mins.)
Director: Shyamaprasad
“ SEASONS (2009)

The film is of the nostalgia of carefree youth as against the meaningless pressures and idiosyncrasies of the IT sector.

Three younsters- Sharath, Varsha and Sunny who had silently vouched for everlasting friendship get swayed away one by one to the world of IT and the ensuing lump sum of money. It was too late when they realized what they had left behind.

The film leaves us with a question- "Seasons change, do we?" ” - rogbronz
 
4.
“ FROM EAR TO EAR (1985)

Who can forget Mammootty's vulnerability and Saritha's serendipity in this Bharathan film? An uneducated yet well mannered Louis sets out to a far off place, a nook inhabited by Christian inhabitants who are mostly into agriculture.

Marykutty played by Saritha is the victim of a failed marriage and the evils of a drunkard husband. She feeds her little son Kuttan through poultry.

Bharathan has managed to successfully capture the sensuality of the nature and its hills and has almost equated them to Saritha's dark beauty.

Will Louis be able to bring a positive change in the lives of the two? ” - rogbronz
 
5.
Manassinakkare (2003)
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Kochu Thresia, is a rich widow, who craves to 'live' life, but is alienated by her children who are caught in the rat race for making money...
“ ON THE OTHER SHORE OF HEART (2003)

Undoubtedly, the feather on Satyan Anthikad's cap featuring Malayalam's veteran actress Sheela in a memorable role. A perfect dose of emotions in a village set up.

Malayalam's "man next door" Jayaram plays Reji, a chicken shop owner who loves his father played by Innocent immensely. He later realizes the mission of his life, that is to bring a change in the life of Kocchuthresia played by Sheela, a lonely millionaire lost in the nostalgia of her grey romance and adventurous marriage.

The greenery and villages of Trissur and the music composed by Ilaiyaraja are other attractions. ” - rogbronz
 
6.
Onnu Muthal Poojaym Vare (1986)
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“ FROM ONE TO ZERO (1986)

What is the best way to cope with loneliness and a haunting past? Pruning the ability to discover little joys of life and to learn to long for the streak of blue light almost near you.
Both Aleena and Deepa Mol are craving for love.

In the movie, what gives hope for the lonely mother and her baby daughter is their beautiful telephone once gifted by the deceased father. Deepa Mol memorably played by Geethu Mohandas finds company in strangers on the other end of the line every single day. Will this obsession bring any change in their melancholy-filled lives?

Will a stranger come alive through the numbers 1 to 0? ” - rogbronz
 
7.
Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal (1986)
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A man falls in love with his new neighbor but then finds that her family life is difficult. (137 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
“ VINEYARDS FOR US TO LIVE IN (1986)

Another sensual and mature love story from Padmarajan, the film is set in rural Karnataka, mostly in the vineyards of interior Mysore and Coorg. Mohanlal (Solomon) and debutant Shari (Sofia) play the leads with veteran actor Thilakan playing the antagonist.

A film to cherish forever, as romantic as its locations and as lilting as its songs! ” - rogbronz
 
8.
Ennu Swantham Janakikutty (1998)
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Director: T. Hariharan
“ FROM YOUR DEAR JANAKIKUTTY (1998)

This film is the product of the famous MT-Hariharan synthesis in the industry. Though a fairy tale, it tries to show how oppressed woman power will one day rise with anguish and revenge.

The loneliness of a girl Janakikkutty played by Joemol befriends a Yakshi (Chanchal) and takes us through the brutal murder of the latter. The mystery and simplicity of the film and the matriarchal Nair family system also are interesting to watch.

Beautiful music with absolute Malayalam touch is a plus! ” - rogbronz
 
9.
Desatanakkili Karayarilla (1986)
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Two school students plan to runaway while on the school trip. But with the entering of an uninvited man in the situation for their help and one of them falls in love with him, something is revealed which is not so pleasant.
Director: P. Padmarajan
“ MIGRANT BIRDS DO NOT CRY (1986)

Nirmala (Karthika) and Sally (Shari) are tormented by the rules of the boarding school and merciless teachers around them. They decide not to lose heart. Not to cry. But to fly away to some far land.

Padmarajan's superb think-ahead of-times film as it almost traverses on the fence of lesbianism. ” - rogbronz
 
10.
“ HOUSE OF SWANS (2000)

Homecoming is every migrant's dream. But what if the very home is trembling and has forgotten your existence? What if everyone except your mother consider you insignificant?

The protagonist Ravindranathan played by Mammootty returns home with his North Indian wife Seetha (lakshmi Gopalaswami) after two decades. His house is crumbling. Now he has to unscramble his past and patch it up. Also find solutions to problems in the present.

A perfect treat for your nostalgic strings! ” - rogbronz