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Top 10 Comedy Movies – Part 1

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For our 100th post, we have a two part series on the Top 10 comedy movies of Malayalam cinema by co-written by Guest contributor Unni. The list of movies is in no particular order. The second part of this series will be published tomorrow.

1. Vadakkunokki Yanthram: A short dark Sreenivasan marries a taller, fair Parvathi and he gets suspicious that she does not love him. The movie starts with a letter Thalathil Dineshan (Sreenivasan) is writing to the doctor in a Ma magazine. When Parvathi says that she likes Mohanlal because he is funny, Sreenivasan mugs up jokes from Phaithabindukkal, jumps over the wall and tells it to her with a serious face.

This movie was Sreenivasan’s directorial debut and he made it classy with some outragerous scenes, like living in a lodge next to his house to keep an eye on his wife and applying lot of powder on his face to look fair. The scene where he practices the dialogue for his first night had tear rolling our eyes due to laughter.

Notable dialogue: Chayakkada aanennu thettidharichu barbershop-il kayariya vridhhanodu barber. Achan eppol vannu (after knocking Parvathi’s father with an olakka), Nilavilakkinte aduthu karivilakku vechathu pole undu

2. Thalayana Manthram: Kanchana, was the typical Malayali housewife – from a middle-class background, but always wanting to show off in front of her neighbours. Urvasi, as Kanchana, showed why shes easily the best comedy actress in Malayalam. Sreeni, played Kanchana’s meek husband, Sukumaran. Jayaram and Parvathi were the other characters However Thalayanamathram will be best remebered as Uravasi’s movie.

Notable dialogues: Kanchana: “Sukuvetta..ini nammade makkal Sukuvettane acha ennu vilikkilla” Sukumaran: “eh.ayyo” Kanchana: “Avar ini Sukuvettane daddy ennu vilikkum”.

3. Nadodikattu: Story of two unemployed youths, Dasan and Vijayan who, after repeated attempts to do well at home, look to strike gold in the Gulf, only to land up in Madras instead. This Sathyan Anthikad movie can easily be called as the benchmark for clean humor in malayalm cinema. Mohanlal and Sreenivasan brought the house down with their comedy and paraveppU.

Characters like Pavanayi-the killer from Kanjagad, Anathan Nambiar – the underworld don and Kovil Venkatesan – the Kalainjar look-alike, will remain etched forever in the Malayali minds. The huge success of Nadodikattu resulted in parts 2 and 3 – Pattanapravesham and Akkare Akkare Akkare – both were hits at the Box Office

Notable One-liners – “Pavanaayi Shavamaayi“; “Ellathinum athintethaya samayavum sthalavum undu daasa; “Oru joli kittiyittu venam leave edukkan” and so many more.

4. Ramji Rao Speaking: One did not expect much from a movie, directed by two assistants of a veteran. Siddique and Lal, didnt just meet people’s expectations, they exceeded it. Unlike most movies, this one did not feature any superstars. However the trio of Mannar Mathai (Innocent), Gopalakrishnan(Mukesh) and Balakrishnan (Sai Kumar) endeared themselves to the Malayalees.

They were ably supported by Ramji Rao, played by Vijayaraghavan and Hamsakoya by Mamukoya. Ramji Rao also marked the debut of Rekha. Its hit prompted a sequel – “Mannar Mathai Speaking”.

Notable One-liners: Mathayi chettan undo, Mone Balakissnnaaa, Ningal moonu peryum iratta pettathano

Mathai: Entha ninte vishamam?

Balakrishnan: Ente peru Balakrishnan

Mathai: Atha ninte vishamam?

5. Kilukkam: The veteran of slapsticks, Priyadarshan, teamed up with Mohan lal and Jagathi to produce an end-to-end comedy, with Ooty as backdrop. The tourist guide – Joji played by Lal and the “still photographer” Nischal, thought that their fortunes would take a turn for the better, when Nandini Thampuratti (Revathi) landed in Ooty. Sadly that was not to be. Superb comedy-timing by Lal and Jagathi, along with melodious music and the scenic Ooty, saw Kilukkam become a mega hit at the box office

Notable One-liners: “Main aur Joji jhagda-jhagda“, “Onnugil ooty allengil chatti“, “Njaan singapore poye ninakku 500 dollars..money order aayi ayachu tharaam“.

Part 2 of this series will be published tomorrow. If you think a movie should be in this list, please leave a comment with your reasons.

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62 Comments

  1. my fav. movies
    1.ponmuttayidunna tharavu
    2.sandesham
    3.kilukkam
    4.chithram
    5.nadodikkattu
    6.gandhinagaar 2nd street
    7.pattanapravesham
    8.mazhavilkkavadi
    9.ente surysputhrikku
    10.ramji rao spesking
    11.ee puzhayum kadannu
    12.ishtam
    13.mazhayethum munpe
    14.thenmavin kompathu
    15.manichithrathazhu
    16.kalikkalam
    17.thalayanamantram
    18.in hariharnagar
    19.vietnam colony
    20.salt n pepper
    21.udayananu tharam
    22.nanma niranjavan sree..
    23.pappan priyappetta pappan
    24.kakkothikkavile appooppanthadikal
    25.jagratha
    26.kamaladalam
    27.thuvalsparsam
    28.his highnes abdulla
    29.chakkikkotha chankaran
    30.bharatam
    31.sallapam
    32.peruvannapurathe
    33.nandanam
    34.pranchiyettan
    35.devasuram
    36.january ororma
    37.sanmanasullavarkk..
    36.azhakiya ravanan
    38.manasinakkare
    39.achuvinte amma
    40.vadakkunokkiyantram
    41.thanmatra
    42.yavanika
    43.panchavadippalam
    44.puchakkoru..
    45.thalavattam
    46.akkare..
    47.nagarangalil..
    48.kinnarippuzhayoram
    49.varabhalam
    50.kinnam katta kallan
    52.godfather
    53.nokktha..
    54.vinodayatra
    55.vandanam
    56.minnaram
    57.ennum nanmakal
    58.kazhcha
    59.classmates
    60.mazha peyyunnu..
    61.mukundetta..
    62.manu uncle
    63.nairsab
    64.kudumbapuraam
    65.sandanagopalam
    66.pavam pavam..
    67.kauthukavarthakal
    68.kadinjool..
    69.kilukil.
    70.kasthuriman
    71.kireedom
    72.thuvalkottaram
    73.chintavistayaya..
    74.chantupottu
    75.traffic
    76.kalyanaraman
    77.akkare akkare..
    78.midhunam
    79.melepparambile..
    80.the car
    81.vishnulokam
    82.veendm chila..
    83.mutharam kunnu p.o
    84.my dear muthachan
    85.kakkakkum puchakkum
    86.spadikam
    87.vatsalyam
    88.pavithram
    89.ente mamatty..
    90.ente mohangal..
    91.ambada njane..
    92.summer in..
    93.kaliveedu
    94.verute oru..
    95.notebook
    96.cid unnikrishnan
    97the truth
    98.mantrikam
    99.sreekrishnapurathe..
    100.niram
    101.doore doore..
    102.dr.pasupathy
    103.happy husbands
    104.dasaradham
    105.pookalam varavayi
    106.darling darling
    107.chiriyo chiri
    108.kariyilakkattupole
    108.akasadood
    109.varavelpu
    110.mizhirandilum
    111.gramaphone
    112.yathrakkarude..
    113.kalyanasaugandikam
    114.kunjikkoonan
    115.swapnalokathe..

  2. According to me the best comedy film is In Ghost house In.It was a very nice film.In this film Appukkuttan says “Nalla vijrimbicha sthalam.”

    • nt that much comedy. Realy boring

    • u r crazy to say tat in ghost house in s the best….ever seen naadodikattu ???? or atleast in harihar nagar ????

      • There are those viewers who the average go lucky people. Who just view movies for entertainment. Then there are those crazy movies buffs who analayze films like crazy… like it’s some form of science.

        For the average type people the movie was entertaining. And they made it a BO success. This also includes: .Mayamohini, Kaaryasthan, Pokkiriraja, and Christian Brothers. People want entertainment man. And tastes change over time. Nothing is static in this world. I’m pretty sure it will change 25 years from now. In 2037, the generation would look back at our time and will probably call a Mayamohini or Ghost House Inn as cheesy and corny stuff. And this process will continue in 2062… and on and on. Until a new technology comes and replaces cinema. Just like cinema did to stage plays.

  3. sandesham was a work of genius..it works so well as a satire nd iys also a great comedy…the best comedy film for me…

  4. Ethanu ishtapedathathennu chodhichamathi

    Top worst movies…….IT is my opinion

    1.Mayamohini
    2.Kaaryasthan
    3.Pokkiriraja
    4.Christian Brothers
    5.Inn Ghost House Inn
    6.To Hariharnagar

  5. @ Arya Vijayan. Thank you very much for your suggestions. It was very useful for me.

  6. i like sandesam nd meleparambil aanveedu.. jagathi did a grt job!!
    ACHA…. PAAAAAANT.. AMME.. PAAAAAANT.. AMMAAVAA.. PAANT PAANT..

  7. Jagathy sir hv playd well as Manoharan preparator … in Aram + Aram = Kinnaram

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