Very often Indian cinema is mistaken to be Hindi Cinema or Bollywood. Indian cinema is not a monolith, it is a panorama, a congregation or a confluence of many regional films each having its own language and culture. My attempt here is to provide a list of movies worth watching from each state/language of India. This list is not a parallel cinema exclusive and has movies worth watching for their commercial appeal too. The list is at times movies wise, director wise and actor wise in each language and state. Though some of the directors are not mentioned in the list, their movie/s is/are in the must watch list.


State: KERALA (language: MALAYALAM)

  1. DIRECTOR: ARAVINDAN
  2. a)VAASTUHAARA
  3. b)CHIDAMBARAM
  4. c)KAANCHANA SITA d)   POKKUVEYIL e)    ESTHAPPAN f)     UTTARAYANAM
  5. DIRECTOR: ADOOR GOPALAKRISHNAN
  6. a)KODIYETTAM
  7. b)VIDHEYAN
  8. c)ELIPPATHTHAAYAM d)   MATHILUKAL e)   NIZHALKUTHU f)    SWAYAMVARAM g)   MUKHAMUKHAM h)   KATHAPURUSHAN i)    NAALU PENNUNGAL
  9.  DIRECTOR: PADMARAJAN
  10. a)NAMUKKU PAARKKAAN MUNTHIRITHOPPUKAL
  11. b)SEASON
  12. c)THOOVANATHUMPIKAL
  13. d)NJAAN GANDHARVAN e)   PERUVAZHIYAMBALAM f)    ORIDATHORU PHAYALVAAN g)   MOONNAM PAKKAM
  14.  DIRECTOR: BHARATHAN
  15. a)VAISHAALI
  16. b)THAAZHVAARAM
  17. c)ORU MINNAMINUNGINTE NURUNGUVATTAM
  18. d)AMARAM e)   CHAMAYAM f)    MARMARAM g)   PRAYANAM h)   VENKALAM
  19.  DIRECTOR: LENIN RAJENDRAN
  20. a)SWATHI THIRUNAAL
  21. b)MEENAMAASATHILE SOORYAN
  22. c)DAIVATHINTE VIKRITHIKAL d)   MAZHA e)   RATHRI MAZHA
  23.  DIRECTOR: LOHITADAS
  24. a)BHOOTHAKKANNAADI
  25. b)KANMADAM
  26. c)KASTHOORIMAAN
  27.  DIRECTOR: SIBI MALAYIL
  28. a)HIS HIGHNESS ABDULLAH
  29. b)BHARATHAM
  30. c)KAMALADALAM
  31. d)DEVADOOTHAN
  32. e)KIREEDAM f)    DASARATHAM
  33.  DIRECTOR: M.T.VASUDEVAN NAIR
  34. a)NIRMAALYAM
  35. b)KADAVU
  36. c)ORU CHERU PUNCHIRI
  37. DIRECTOR: HARIHARAN
  38. a)ORU VADAKKAN VEERAGATHA
  39. b)SARGAM
  40. c)PAZHASSI RAJA d)   PARINAYAM
  41. DIRECTOR: RENJITH
  42. a)THIRAKKATHA
  43. b)PRANCHIYETTAN AND THE SAINT
  44. c)INDIAN RUPEE d)   NJAN e)   KAYYOPPU
  45. DIRECTOR: I.V. SASI
  46. a)DEVASURAM
  47. b)AALKOOTTATHIL THANIYE
  48. DIRECTOR: BLESSY
  49. a)BHRAMARAM
  50. b)THANMAATHRA
  51. c)PRANAYAM d)   KAAZHCHA
  52. DIRECTOR: SREENIVASAN
  53. a)CHINTHAAVISHTAYAAYA SHYAMALA
  54. b)VADAKKUNOKKI YANTHRAM
  55. DIRECTOR: SATHYAN ANTHIKKAD
  56. a)VARAVELPU
  57. b)NAADODIKKAATTU
  58. c)P.BALAGOPALAN M.A.
  59. d)GANDHI NAGAR 2ND STREET
  60. DIRECTOR: T.V.CHANDRAN
  61. a)PONTHAN MAADA
  62. b)DANNY
  63. c)MANKAMMA
  64. d)KATHAVASHESHAN e)   MANGAMMA
  65. DIRECTOR: ANJALI MENON
  66. a)MANJAADIKKURU
  67. DIRECTOR: R.SUKUMARAN
  68. a)PAADAMUDRA
  69. b)RAAJASHILPI
  70. DIRECTOR: JOHN ABRAHAM
  71. a)AGRAHAARATHIL KAZHUTHA
  72. b)AMMA ARIYAAN
  73. DIRECTOR: SHYAMAPRASAD
  74. a)AGNISAAKSHI
  75. b)ORE KADAL c)   AKALE DIRECTOR: K.G. GEORGE  a) SWAPNADANAM b) IRAKAL c) YAVANIKA 21. DIRECTOR: P.A.BACKER a) MANIMUZHAKKAM b) KABANI NADI CHUVANNAPPOL 22. DIRECTOR: K.S.SETHUMADHAVAN a) OPPOL b) MARUPAKKAM c) ACHANUM BAPPAYUM d) ODAYIL NINNU 23. DIRECTOR: SHAJI.N.KARUN a) PIRAVI b) KUTTY SRANK c) VANAPRASTHAM d) SWAHAM 24. DIRECTOR: P.T.KUNJU MUHAMMED a) MAGRIB b) GARSHOME c) PARADESHI 25. DIRECTOR: P.N.MENON a) OLAVUM THEERAVUM b) GAYATHRI c) KUTTYEDATHI

MUST WATCH FILMS:

  1. CHEMMEEN
  2. PERUMTHACHCHAN
  3. ORE THOOVAL PAKSHIKAL
  4. KUMARA SAMBHAVAM
  5. SARASAYYA
  6. SAYAHNAM
  7. KAZHAKAM
  8. PURUSHAARTHAM
  9. SESHAM
  10. IRUTTINTE AATHMAAVU
  11. AAKASHAGOPURAM
  12. NOTTAM
  13. VEETTILEKKULLA VAZHI
  14. PHOTOGRAPHER
  15. MANICHITHRATHAAZHU
  16. TRAFFIC
  17. GRANDMASTER
  18. VELLAANAKALUDE NAADU
  19. MARGAM
  20. CHAANAKYAN
  21. ATAYALANGAL
  22. AARAAM THAMPURAN
  23. VAATSALYAM
  24. ARABIKKATHA
  25. KERALA CAFÉ
  26. KEERTHI CHAKRA
  27. USTAAD HOTEL
  28. UDAYANAANU THAARAM
  29. PAITHRUKAM
  30. DRISHTAANTHAM
  31. AADAMINTE MAKAN ABU
  32. CELLULOID 33. DRISHYAM 34. APOTHECARY 35. NORTH 24 KAATHAM 36. THULAABHAARAM 37. YATHRA 38. SOORYA GAYATHRI 39. AYITHAM 40. CR No: 89 41. DRISHTANTHAM 42. GODFATHER 43. KARUNAM 44. PONNAPURAM KOTTA. 45. BHARGAVI NILAYAM 46. PAKSHE 47. MUKHAM 48. SWAROOPAM 49. NEYTHUKAARAN 50. UPPU 51. PERARIYATHAVAR 52. GADDAMA 53. GURU 54. BYARI 55.SAMAANTHARANGAL 56. THALAPPAVU 57. OZHIMURI 58. KALIYAATTAM 59. AYANAM 60. 101 CHODYANGAL 61. DESHADANAM 62. YODHA 63. ULSAVAPPITTENNU 64. ANNAYUM RASOOLUM 65. 1983 66. NADI (directed by Vincent) 67. ULLADAKKAM 68. AYALUM NJANUM THAMMIL 69. NEELAKUYIL 70. PUNARADHIVASAM

POPULAR ACTORS: MOHANLAL, MAMMOOTTY

MOHANLAL’S MUST WATCH:

  1. VAANAPRASTHAM
  2. SPADIKAM
  3. KAMALADALAM
  4. BHRAMARAM
  5. DEVASURAM
  6. IRUVAR (TAMIL)
  7. THANMAATHRA
  8. KIREEDAM
  9. NO.20 MADRAS MAIL 10. THENMAAVIN KOMBATH 11. KILUKKAM 12. SADAYAM 13. HIS HIGHNESS ABDULLAH 14. KAALAPANI

MAMMOOTTY’S MUST WATCH:

  1. ORU VADAKKAN VEERAGATHA
  2. VIDEHYAN
  3. BHOOTHAKKANNADI
  4. AMARAM
  5. PONTHAN MAADA
  6. THANIYAAVARTHANAM
  7. VAATSALYAM
  8. SUKRUTHAM
                                                                            —- by Santhosh Kumar Kana