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Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A man falls in love with his new neighbor but then finds that her family life is difficult.

Director: P. Padmarajan
Stars: Mohanlal, Shari, Thilakan
Comedy | Drama | Romance
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Director: Sathyan Anthikad
Stars: Jayaram, Manju Warrier, Sukanya
Lelam (1997)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Rivalry between two liquor business groups led by Anakkattil family and Kadayadi family in Kerala. Chackochi must fight to retain Anakkattil family's control in the business.

Director: Joshi
Stars: Suresh Gopi, M.G. Soman, Siddique
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Jayakrishnan falls in love with two girls, Radha and Clara, and fights his confusion about whom he should marry and spend his life with.

Director: P. Padmarajan
Stars: Mohanlal, Sumalatha, Parvathi
Classmates (2006)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

College classmates meet for a 10-year reunion, which does not go as smoothly as planned. Love is discovered, friendships are broken and secrets about tragic events in the past are revealed.

Director: Lal Jose
Stars: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Indrajith Sukumaran, Kavya Madhavan
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Based on the real life love story of Moideen and Kanchanamala, which happened in 1960s in the backdrop of Calicut.

Director: R.S. Vimal
Stars: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Parvathy, Saikumar
Drama | Musical | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A qawwali singer passes as a Brahmin in order to infiltrate a palace and kill the king.

Director: Sibi Malayil
Stars: Mohanlal, Nedumudi Venu, Gautami
New Delhi (1987)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A journalist is illegally jailed for exposing two corrupt politicians, He exacts revenge through his new mysterious newspaper.

Director: Joshi
Stars: Jeetendra, Mammootty, Sumalatha
Vaishali (1988)
Musical | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Princess of a country long suffering from drought should please a saint living in distant hills to bring rain.

Director: Bharathan
Stars: Sanjay Mitra, Suparna Anand, Geetha
Malootty (1992)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Bharathan
Stars: Jayaram, Urvashi, Shamili
Sallapam (1996)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Sundardas
Stars: Dileep, Manju Warrier, Manoj K. Jayan
Amritamgamaya (1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: T. Hariharan
Stars: Mohanlal, Captain Raju, Geetha
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A film about polyandry and life of the Mooshari community .....
24 January 2017 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Venkalam is about the Moosharis - a polyandrous and matriarchal community in Kerala. In the film, the two matriarchs - Philomena (the grandmother who had four husbands) and KPAC Lalitha ( the mother who had two husbands) try to persuade the two young brothers of the family to share a wife so that it would keep the family and community together. But times are changing and the brothers want to go their own ways. The film is an interesting account of the life and culture of this community. Their religious ceremonies involved consumption of pork and country liquor.

Despite a few flaws, it is a pretty good film. I was not entirely convinced by the comedic roles of Mala Aravindan and Kuthiravattom Pappu. They seemed to have been added for entertainment value. But then Bharathan was never an out and out art filmmaker like Adoor or Aravindan. His films were always quite entertaining.

The film features a great understated performance by Murali as the disillusioned aging older brother who could not marry the love of his life. Manoj K Jayan plays his younger brother who sorts out the mess created by the polyandrous matriarchs.


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