As part of our 100th post celebrations we are having a two part series on the Top 10 Comedy movies of our times. Part 1 of this was posted yesterday. This is co-written by guest contributor Unni.
6. Vellanakalude Naadu – Priyan’s best realistic comedy with Mohanlal. Lal played a road contractor, C Pavithran Nair who tries his best to get a few contracts done – by hook or by crook, but in vain. The movie delved deep into the problems faced by contractors who struggle to do justice to their jobs but the system working against them. The scenes were Lal oversees the tarring and the one where he tries to bribe the Road Inspector were easily the best.
Shobana played Lal’s heroine – Radha, the collector, who after initially opposing him, eventually falls in love. Lal was ably supported by Kuthiravattom Pappu, Jagadish and Maniyanpilla Raju.
Notable one-liners: Lal praying to SreeKrishnan: Krishnaaa..Thozhilaalikalodu kooli korachu chodikkan parayoo krishnaa; Ippo Sheriakki tharaam (Pappu repairing the road roller
7. Chintavishtayaa Shyamala: After a hiatus of 9 years, Sreenivasan once again donned the director’s role once again in this family comedy – this time the focus on husbands who while being extremely lazy, are out to make a quick buck to support their family. Once again he played the protagonist – Vijayan Maash – who gave up his teacher job to try his luck in a number of jobs like directing an ad-movie.
While being chastised by one and all for his lack of responsibilities, he decides to turn a new-leaf by being spiritual instead. Sangeetha, played Shyamala, his silently suffering wife.
Notable one-liners: Sreeni while directing the ad for Parimala soap – “Start Actionnn Cuttu“. There’s another one where he asks “Shyaame..nee economics padichittundo“.
8. GandhiNagar 2nd Street – Playing a Nepali Gurkha in disguise – Ram Singh, son of Bheem Singh – Mohanlal brought the house down once again with his superb comedy. “Ram Singh” was the newly appointed watchman for GandhiNagar 2nd Street. Sukumari played the patronising secretary of the association.
Sreenivasan was Sethu’s (Lal’s real name in the movie) friend Madhavan who after repeated attempts to “escape” from his friend, finally lands him a job as watchman for the colony. Lal was ably supported by Sreenivasan. Karthika played his lady-love. The film also saw Mammotty in a guest role and Seema doing a cameo as a kintergarden school teacher.
Notable one-liners: ‘Mein Bheem Singh ka beta Ram Singh Hoom…Hai…Hoom’
9. Varavelpu: In this Sathyan Anthikkad movie, Mohanlal played a gulf returnee who wants to start a business. After analyzing various options, he starts a bus service and gets Innocent as the driver and Jagadeesh as the kili.
He gets into a dispute with his employees and soon the labor leader played by Murali starts threatening him. Finally he is broke and when his family knows that he has run out of money, they also abandon him.
This movie was an excellent satire on the state of affairs in Kerala due to the excellent work done by the labor unions.
10. Sanmasullavarku Samadhanam: In this Sathyan Anthikkad movie, written by Srinivasan, Mohanlal played a landlord trying to sell his house he had rented to Karthika and family. Since they refuse to vacate he has to resort to various techniques, all of which fail miserably.
Finally he starts staying in the house and creates lot of trouble like jumping into the bathroom and preventing Karthika from taking a bath and going to her office and harassing her. Karthika then calls her uncle, Thilakan, who is associated with the Bombay underworld. He and his goondas get beaten up by Mohanlal.
Karthika then enlists the help of a police inspector played by Srinivasan. He agrees to help her, but also falls for her. In one classic scene, he invites her to a park and when she starts explaining her problem, he breaks into Pavizhamalli Poothulanja Neela Vaanam which has been immortalized by mimicry artistes.
Notable Dialogues: Kakki kuppayathil oru kavi hridayam undu, oru kalakaaran undu, oru gayakan undu