The Malayalam film industry boasts of some of the most articulated directors in India. Directors like Bharathan, Padmarajan, and Lohithadas created some of the best classics and left a void after their absence in Mollywood. We later saw the entry of several other directors including Anwar Rasheed in the early 2000s who continued this rally of great cinema. But the real revolution occurred after several new entries stepped into the industry as directors in the last decade (2010-2019). Here is a list of 10 such directors from this new generation who changed Malayalam cinema after 2010.
1. Aashiq Abu
After working under Kamal as assistant director for five years, Aashiq Abu began his directorial venture with Daddy Cool with Mammootty in the lead. He later went on to make stunning films like Salt ‘N’ Pepper, 22 Female Kottayam, and Virus.
2. Lijo Jose Pellissery
Lijo Jose Pellissery is the Stanley Kubrick of Mollywood. One cannot reject this claim after watching his movies like Amen, Angamaly Diaries, and Ee. Ma. Yau. His film, Jallikattu premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and obtained widespread critical acclaim.
3. Dileesh Pothan
Pothan sir is perfect. This is the usual buzz among the media and other filmmakers in Kerala. Dileesh Pothan made his first movie as a director with ‘Maheshinte Prathikaram’ that won several awards. And his second film, ‘Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, ’ received accolades from both audience and critics.
4. Abrid Shine
Abrid Shine’s entry into Malayalam Film Industry happened through 1983, which stars Nivin Pauly in the lead role. His second movie ‘Action Hero Biju’ also starring Nivin Pauly, was well appreciated and received success at the box office.
5. Amal Neerad
Amal Neerad is one of the best directors Mollywood currently has. His movies are known for slow-motion scenes with top-notch cinematography. After making his directorial debut through Big B, Amal contributed several other good cinemas like Varathan, Comrade in America, and Iyobinte Pusthakam to the industry.
6. Anjali Menon
You are living under a rock if you have not watched Anjali Menon’s Bangalore Days. It was so popular even among the youngsters from other regional markets in India. Her most recent movie as a director, Koode, marked the comeback of Nazriya into Mollywood after a gap of 4 years. Anjali Menon is very good at making movies that leave an impression on our hearts.
7. Alphonse Putharen
Alphonse Putharen is one of the few directors who brought changes to the Malayalam cinema in several ways. His interviews tell us that he knows his works and his target audience very well. He is also famous for his editing skills. Alphonse’s movie Premam was one of the biggest blockbusters of Mollywood.
8. Anwar Rasheed
Anwar Rasheed’s was popular in Mollywood even before 2010 through his works like Annan Thampi, Rajamanikyam, and Chotta Mumbai. However, his movies like Ustad Hotel, 5 Sundarikal, and Trance are some of the best that was ever made in Kerala.
9. Rajeev Ravi
Rajeev Ravi is very popular as a cinematographer in Bollywood. But he has also made stunning movies in Mollywood after 2010 like Annayum Rasoolum and Kammatti Paadam.
10. Geethu Mohandas
Geethu Mohandas’ Liar’s Dice was India’s official entry to the Oscars during that year. After Liar’s Dice, Geethu made Moothon starring Nivin Pauly in the leading role. Moothon received international appreciation after getting premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Geethu Mohandas has so far made only one Malayalam project, but we can expect more stunning films from her in the coming years.
Since its inception, the Malayalam Cinema witnessed the introduction of a few directors from time to time. Works of the above mentioned directors have attracted fans not only from Kerala but also from across the world. These directors got attention through their feature films, which are very natural and excellent in terms of filmmaking. One should not wonder if one of the reasons why there is much demand for the Malayalam content in the OTT platforms are these directors.