Kiddies Corner: Kid Centric Movies of Malayalam You Should Never Miss
| almost 4 years
Kids, these miniature human beings, posses a greater power
than most of us realize. They see the world in a different light, and attach
meanings to incidents and people, in a way grown-ups cease to understand. They
imagine things, and believe in the things they imagine.
Their cuteness and perspective of the world is so
refreshing, and to portray a film through their perspective takes a lot of
talent. To adapt a movie into their style of thinking is only really clever.
Here are some of the best movies that the Kid in you should
Manjadikuru is Anjali Menon’s directorial debut. The movie begins with a family
reunion following Vicky’s grandfather’s death. The extended family spends
almost two weeks together, and it’s the longest they had to spend with each
other in quite a while. Some broken ties, unhealed wounds and reconciliations
take place during this time. We see life through Vicky’s eyes and surprisingly
the whole mundane world looks so different from a child perspective. With an
interesting plot and superb cinematography, this movie not just gives a
refreshing feel, it’s sure to give some viewers a dose of nostalgia too.
2. My Dear Kuttichathan
This movie is India’s first 3-D movie to be released, and has been one of the
highest grosser. Produced by Navodaya Appachan, it marked the directorial debut
of Jijo Punnoose. It was first released in 1984 and then re-edited and release
several times in 1997, 2010 and 2011. It was dubbed and released in Hindi as
Chotta Chethan and as Chutti Chathan in Tamil. It portrays KuttiChathan, a
mischievous ghost used for black magic being befriended by three little kids.
During each release the movie cast became bigger with entrance of Prakash Raj,
Urmila Matondkar, Santhanam and so on. It was also the first Malayalam movie to
be released in DTS when it hit theaters in 1997.
3. T. D. Dasan Std. VI B
A beautiful movie, it takes us through the mind of Dasan, the protagonist.
Dasan is a kid brought up by his single mother. He is overcome with a yearning
to find his father, and writes a letter to an address he believes belongs to
his father. The new owner of the address Nandakumar gets the letter, and his
daughter secretly replies to Dasan’s letters posing as his father. By a twist
of fate Nandakumar finally meets Dasan and decides to take care of Dasan
stepping in as a father he never had.
4. Ayyappantamma Neyyappam Chuttu
This movie was released in 2000, and it is a must watch. The three kids who
portray the main characters are simply lovable. Rohan and Meera struggle to
reunite their estranged parents. Monappan is an orphan who is a friend to both
the kids. Monappan longs for a family of his own. After many attempts by the
kids, Monappan directly intervenes to unite the family.
5. Philips And The Monkey Pen
Ryan is a smart kid, but he just cannot tackle his enemy – ‘Maths’. With a
teacher who believes punishment can coax a student to do well in studies, Ryan
keeps searching for plans to escape the dreads of this subject. He chances upon
a mysterious ‘Monkey Pen’ and finds out that the pen can complete his homework
for him. We finally find out that it was a clever intervention from his
seemingly nonchalant dad. Fun with a pinch of philosophy, the movie is a good
watch for kids. Few extra points for message ‘Truth is not bitter; Lies are
just a lot sweeter’.
6. 2 Penkuttikal
This movie has Anna Fathima and Shambavi portraying the little girls of the
movie. Both Achu and Anagha are from different backgrounds, but they are thick
friends. While one is brought up to be coy and feminine, the other is taught to
be independent. Their friends build up an image of the city and malls in the
city, and they dream to see it. One day they decide to take the plunge and bunk
their class to go to the city mall. An incident that happens here changes their
life forever and part ways. Amala Paul, Tovino and Anju Kurien appear as cameo.
The movie passes on a message that is socially relevant, and throws light on
issues faced by young girls. Anna
Fathima bagged the State award for her performance in the movie.
The movie bagged National and State Awards in the category for Children’s film.
Though the movie is a bit slow paced the storyline is interesting. Keshu is a
deaf and dumb boy brought up by his Uncle. He is a menace in the village and
spares no one with his pranks. Into his life enters an art teacher who puts up
with his mischief. Slowly Keshu grows fond of her and the teacher guides him
into art and brings a change in his nature. It all comes to a tragic end when
the teacher has to leave the village for her wedding. Keshu is mentally shaken.
For him, perhaps he was slowly discovering a parental love that was missing in
This partially animated movie released in 1993. It was released along with some
other highly successful commercial movies, and O’Faby never received the
attention it ought to have bagged. O’Faby is the first Asian film to have an
animated character play the lead role alongside live actors. It attracted media
attention for this reason, but was not a commercial success. It features the
lovely relation between the kid Sandy and the animated character Faby.
As far as Malayalam film is considered, the movie marks a milestone in history.
9. School Bus
Rosshen Andrew’s new movie hits the silver screen soon. The lucky script writer
duo Bobby and Sanjay wield the pen. The movie has Kunchack Bobban donning the
central character SI Gopakumar. Jayasurya and Aparna Gopinath plays Joseph and
Aparna living with their kids Angelina and Ajoy. This family gets their lives
complicated by the introduction of certain people and this forms the crux of
the plot. The kids are played by Angelina Rosshen, who is Rosshen Andrew’s
daughter and Ajoy is played by Akash, son of cinematographer C K Muraleedharan. The plot of the movie is
based on a real life incident.
Now here is a movie we should definitely look forward for.
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