Malayalam movie industry who had a number of directors who have made big impact with their first movies. Talking about this impact, I would like to stick to those directors who haven’t directed another movie as of now, and also to only those who have directed solo. They still remain those who have made those particular movies wonderful, and it is this debutante impact which I am planning to share right now. Here are six of such interesting movies with debutante directors at the helm, not put here in any particular order.
Om Shanti Oshana: Jude Anthany Joseph (2014)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cast: Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nazim
I haven’t really found someone knowing how to make each moment of a movie work so well as a debutante director, and this man has done exactly that. Coming out of the depressing experience which was the fan display of vanity in the form of the overrating bloated thing called 1983, Om Shanti Oshana released a week later, saving our movie season, and making the impact with its nostalgia as well as unlimited amount of fun. Watching the movie on the first day for the first show had enough impact to make me go for the movie for the second time, and it is one of the two movies which I have watched in the theatre twice in the last few years.
Angels: Jean Markose (2014)
Cast: Indrajith Sukumaran, Asha Sarath
The thrillers from debutante directors usually have some problems with making things work according to what the viewers wish for, but not in the case of Jean Markose. This movie is a well-executed thriller which has your attention right in the beginning. There is even a message which is brought to the audience really well, making an impact as a responsible human being. Angels is the unexpected good thriller which is something quite rare. But with someone like Indrajith Sukumaran as the protagonist and Joy Mathew doing another important role, there is no way that this one could have fone role with the performances – the plot never fails either.
Vellimoonga: Jibu Jacob (2014)
Genre: Political Satire/Comedy
Cast: Biju Menon, Nikki Galrani
I am pretty sure that there will be almost nobody who can question this movie’s success and its ability to work with the common audience. This one actually started slowly at the theatres, but it picked up to become that movie which collected even more than a good number of superstar movies of that time. Movies like Vellimoonga showed good signs for future, as we had another simple movie without the usual heroes and with a debutante director creating that heavy impact at the box-office. It was also after a very long time that we had a political satire which actually made some fine impact. The later success of Salt Mango Tree with Biju Menon in the lead also had a lot to do with this movie’s impact.
Ormayundo Ee Mukham: Anvar Sadik (2014)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cast: Vineeth Sreenivasan, Namitha Pramod
There is some beautiful music to accompany this romantic comedy, and the best of them happens to be “Ee Mizhikalin”. Vineeth Sreenivasan is better known to come up with romantic comedies as a director as we know what Thattathin Marayathu brought for the audience and went on to become that huge success. But this movie also works really well, and makes a fine emotional impact on the viewers. Very well supported by Aju Varghese, this movie goes on to become that smooth romantic love story with a fine emotional side, and some good comedy all around. Even though inspired by the Hollywood movie 50 First Dates, this one does develop an identity of its own.
Kunjiramayanam: Basil Joseph (2015)
Cast: Vineeth Sreenivasan, Srinda Ashab
There is one thing about which everyone in the theatre was clear when we watched this movie – that this one was really enjoyable with its comedy. It surely has the shortage of logic which is clearly explained in the beginning of the movie. But the comic side of this movie is terrific. There is so much fun in this movie, and some moments are so good that they stay in our minds for very long. The impact that this movie makes is of pure comedy and nothing else. Along with the same, we have to appreciate Basil Joseph to make the impact and bring this simple movie as the best of Onam releases, without casting even one big superstar, at the time when the stars had their own releases.
Adi Kapyare Kootamani: John Varghese (2015)
Cast: Dhyan Sreenivasan, Namitha Pramod
There hasn’t been this much fun with a movie for quite a long time, as this movie’s comedy is rather unlimited, as the laugh riot begins and continues on and on. There is a big team here, including Kunjiramayanam‘s own Aju Varghese, Dhyan Sreenivasan, Neeraj Madhav and Bijukuttan, along with Mukesh, Namitha Pramod and Vineeth Mohan joining the team. It is Aju and Neeraj who holds things together, and Bijukuttan has some of the funniest moments here – this movie is rather a result of fine team work, and the director has successfully made it what is in the end, a fine comedy flick from a debutante director, which won’t make us feel that it is from someone new at the helm.