From Mammootty’s Mathilukal to Mohanlal’s Kaalapani, here’s a record of 5 Malayalam movies portraying totally different sides of India’s Independence movement and the place to watch them

From Mammootty’s Mathilukal to Mohanlal’s Kaalapani, here’s a record of 5 Malayalam movies portraying totally different sides of India’s Independence movement and the place to watch them

With India gearing up to rejoice the 75th year of Independence, TV channels and OTT platforms have began selling the customary ‘Independence wrestle’ movies. While there isn’t a scarcity of extremely dramatised big-budget Bollywood or Tollywood productions, there’s additionally a set of extra modest but well-crafted Malayalam movies to select from that current various aspects of life and wrestle in British India.

Here is an inventory of 5 movies which you could both watch on YouTube or stream on OTT platforms:

Mathilukal (1990)

Mammootty as writer Vaikom Muhammad Basheer in Adoor Gopalakrishnan's 1990 movie 'Mathilukal'

Mammootty as author Vaikom Muhammad Basheer in Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s 1990 film ‘Mathilukal’
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Set in Poojappura Central Prison in Thiruvananthapuram, Mathilukal (partitions) is a semi-autobiographical story by the beloved author Vaikom Muhammad Basheer portraying Basheer’s personal life in jail submit his sentencing for participating in the Independence wrestle. Mammootty lives as Basheer, capturing his innate appeal and innocence, whereas the late KPAC Lalitha brilliantly voiced Basheer’s unseen love curiosity Narayani, an inmate of the ladies’s jail on the opposite facet of a excessive wall separating the 2 prisons. Superbly directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, it’s a laidback romantic film with an in-form Mammootty, who received his first National Award for the efficiency.

Iyobinte Pusthakam (2014)

Lal as Iyob and Fahadh Faasil as Aloshy in Amal Neerad’s ‘Iyobinte Pusthakam’

Lal as Iyob and Fahadh Faasil as Aloshy in Amal Neerad’s ‘Iyobinte Pusthakam’
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A Shakespearean household saga, partly adopted from the bard’s King Lear and impressed by Fydor Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov, Iyobinte Pusthakam (The Book of Job) is one of the most stunningly shot Malayalam movies of all time. Filmmaker Amal Neerad, who can be the cinematographer of the movie, sticks to the moto ‘each body a portray’. The consequence is not only a visually beautiful film, but in addition a wonderfully narrated pre-independence story set in the high-ranges of Munnar in Kerala.

Where to watch them

Mathilukal (1990): YouTube (with English subtitles)

Iyobinte Pusthakam (2014): Disney+Hotstar

Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja (2009): Disney+Hotstar

Agnisakshi (1999): YouTube (No subtitles)

Kaalapani (1996): YouTube (with English subtitles)

It narrates the story of Iyob (a superb Lal) who takes over the tea property in addition to the colonial manner of his British grasp Harrison, who leaves for England to by no means return — and his sons, Dmitry (Chemban Vinod Jose), Ivan (Jinu Joseph) and Aloshy (Fahadh Faasil, in one of his finest performances). While Dmitry and Ivan take up after their merciless father, Aloshy follows his mom Annamma’s (Reenu Mathews) footsteps to be a sort, but courageous, soul. The film portrays a still-relevant conflict of beliefs between Iyob’s inherited feudal-colonial dominance and Aloshy’s (hinted as one of the members of the well-known Naval revolt of 1946) rebellious outlook and streak of independence. Watch out for Jayasurya’s chilling flip because the ruthless timber dealer Angoor Rawther and Padmapriya because the enigmatic Rahel.

Also learn: Does Fahadh Faasil’s ‘Malayankunju’ mark a new chapter in Indian cinema with its brilliant sound design?

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Official trailer of Iyobinte Pusthakam

Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja (2009)

Poster of ‘Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja’

Poster of ‘Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja’
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Although a industrial try with all of the failings of one, Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja directed by Hariharan is one of the few movies that portrays the interval in Kerala historical past when the British East India Company was gaining energy in the Malabar area. Mammootty performs the titular prince of the erstwhile Kottayam kingdom of North Malabar, who waged years of guerilla warfare towards the Company with the assistance of his personal trusted lieutenants and the tribal communities of Wayanad, earlier than getting ambushed at Mavila thodu, a stream close to the present-day Kerala-Karnataka border.

Trivia

Mammootty will quickly characteristic in one other M.T. Vasudevan Nair story Kadugannawa: Oru Yathra Kurippu, a journey novella set in Sri Lanka, directed by Ranjith for a Netflix anthology of ten M.T. tales.

However, the well-known author M.T. Vasudevan Nair, who scripted the film, gave the prince a extra cinematically heroic ending. Nevertheless, the film is a fascinating watch aided by the shifting soundtrack of Ilaiyaraja and the sensible sound design of Oscar-winner Resul Pookutty.

Agnisakshi (1999)

Shobana with Rajit Kapur in ‘Agnisakshi’

Shobana with Rajit Kapur in ‘Agnisakshi’

Winner of the National award for the Best Feature Film in Malayalam and 9 Kerala State movie awards, Shyamaprasad’s Agnisakshi (With fireplace as witness), is predicated on the eponymous novel by Lalithambika Antharjanam. Set in the thirties, when the movement for independence was gaining momentum, it was a interval of social reformation and emancipation in Kerala. Helmed brilliantly by Shobhana (Devaki) and Rajit Kapoor (Unni), the movie sensitively captures the angst and anguish of Devaki when her husband stays a keen captive of orthodoxy. It is about Devaki’s baptism by fireplace when she dares to aspire for a life that isn’t shackled to the domesticity and ritualistic life in a conventional, orthodox Namboodiri family.

Kaalapani (1996)

Mohanlal and Prabhu in ‘Kaalapani’

Mohanlal and Prabhu in ‘Kaalapani’

Priyadarsan’s movie narrates the travails and torture of political prisoners in the infamous Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands throughout the British Raj. The winner of a number of National and State movie awards, Kaalapani had a multi-star solid led by Mohanlal, Prabhu, Tabu, Amrish Puri, Vineeth and so on. In 1916, Dr. Govardhan (Mohanlal) is deported to the Cellular Jail on a false case. His spouse Parvathi (Tabu) retains ready in useless to hear from her huband. However, in 1965, his nephew Sethu (Vineeth), a military officer, comes throughout some outdated information and learns about what occurred to Govardhan.

The mainstream movie has been hyped with music, motion and beneficiant doses of fiction. Yet, it’s an attention-grabbing watch.

Trivia

Mohanlal and Priyadarshan’s subsequent collaboration is a movie adaptation of M.T. Vasudevan Nair’s brief story Olavum Theeravum for the aforementioned Netflix anthology.

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