The recent success of films that take a detour from the conventional path and feature youngsters in lead roles, has ignited a debate in Malayalam cinema. Is the era of superstars coming to an end, or is Malayalam cinema witnessing a radical change?
"Some films that are fresh in thought and execution have clicked at the box office," says veteran director Sibi Malayil. "But I am against referring to them as 'new-wave cinema'. Changes were always there in Malayalam films. But most of these so-called new-generation movies revolve around the themes that deal with life in a metro city. These films are getting a good response in tier-I cities only".
If you look at the box office hits this year, they include 'Mayamohini', 'Ordinary', 'Thattathin Marayathu' and 'Ustad Hotel'. Apart from 'Mayamohini', the other three films have non-superstars such as Kunchacko Boban, Biju Menon, Nivin Pauly and Dulquar Salman in the lead roles.
Other notable films like 'Second Show', 'Grandmaster', '22 Female Kottayam', 'Spirit' and 'Diamond Necklace' were sincere attempts made by directors to take a different path. In 'Grandmaster', director B Unnikrishnan offered Mohanlal a role in which the actor played his age. '22 Female Kottayam' was a female-oriented theme, while Spirit dealt with the socially significant issue of alcoholism. As for 'Second Show', it was an action film which banked on its realistic narration to succeed. These are signs that indicate change, but not everybody agrees....more
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