The best 20 directors of Malayalam films.

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P. Padmarajan
P. Padmarajan was an Indian author, screenwriter, and film director who was known for his landmark works in Malayalam literature and Malayalam cinema. Padmarajan was the founder of a new school of film making in Malayalam, along with Bharathan, in the 1980s, which created films that were widely received while also being critically acclaimed...
 
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Ramu Kariat
Director, Chemmeen
 
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Blessy
Director, Thanmathra
 
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Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Director, Nizhalkkuthu
Adoor Gopalakrishnan is India's most acclaimed contemporary filmmaker. Born in 1941 in Kerala, a state in south India, he belongs to a family with strong links to the performing arts, especially Kathakali, a highly-stylised form of dance drama. From the age of eight Adoor began acting for the stage...
 
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Fazil
Director, The Interns
 
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Kamal
Director, Celluloid
 
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I.V. Sasi
Director, Devasuram
 
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Lal Jose
Director, Vikramadithyan
Lal Jose, a proficient Indian film maker, was born in Valapad in Thrissur district, Kerala to Jose and Lilly. Later the family moved to Ottapalam owing to personal commitments. Lal Jose did his schooling at NSS KPT School and NSS College Ottapalam. He is married to Leena. The couple has two daughters...
 
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K.G. George
Director, Yavanika
 
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Mohan
Director, Mukham
 
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T. Hariharan
Hariharan entered the Malayalam film industry in 1965, and has so far directed more than 60 films, many of which were highly successful both commercially and critically. His movies have mostly explored the complexities of social issues and human relationships, set in the backdrop of Kerala's rich cultural heritage...