Malayalam Films | 1960-1970

Vijayanirmala in Bhargavinilayam (1964)

One of the most glorious decades of Malayalam Cinema. Black & White blossomed into pure art in the hands of one of the best cinematographers of India, A Vincent, who turned Director with Bhargavee Nilayam (1964). RK Shekhar came to his own, with his first independent music composed for Pazhassi Raja (1964), with the brilliant Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair essaying the lead character, Pazhassi Raja ! (Yes, Mammootty wasn’t the first, you see) . Nithya kanyaka (1963) became the 100th film production in Malayalam and Alummoodan debuted in Ezhu Rathrikal (1968). This decade also gave Malayalam Cinema another phenomenal Director, PN Menon, as he debuted with Rosy(1965), with PJ Antony as the lead, and Prem Nazir in a supporting role! Bhagyajathakam (1962) gave us one of the finest female leads of Malayalam Cinema, the evergreen Sheela. Adoor Bhasi sang for the movies for the first time in Aadyakirangal (1964), directed by P Bhaskaran based on Parappurath‘s novel. Truly, I would say, along with the sheer range in the themes, subjects and debuts, the golden age of  Malayalam Cinema shined bright in this decade.

Movie

Year

Direction

Seetha 1960 M. Kunchacko
Poothali 1960 P. Subramaniam
Sthreehridayam 1960 J. D. Thottan
Neeli Saali 1960 M. Kunchacko
Umma 1960 M. Kunchacko
Christmas Rathri 1961 P. Subramaniam
Kandam Bacha Kotte 1961 T. R. Sundharam
Ummini Thanka 1961 G. Vishwanath
Unniyarcha 1961 M. Kunchacko
Seetha Rama Kalyanam (dubbing) 1961
Ara Pavan 1961 K. Sankar
Sabarimala Ayyappan 1961 Shri Ramalu Naidu
Bhaktha Kuchela 1961 P. Subramoniam
Krishna Kuchela 1961 M. Kunchacko
Njanasundari 1961 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Mudiyanaya Puthran 1961 Ramu Kariyatt
Laila Majnu 1962 P. Bhaskaran
Velu Thampi Dalava 1962 S. S. Rajan, G. Viswanath
Snehadeepam 1962 P. Subramaniam
Shreekovil 1962 S. Ramanathan, P. A. Thomas
Shree Rama Pattabhishekam 1962 P. Subramaniam
Palattu Koman 1962 M. Kunchacko
Kaalpadukal 1962 K. S. Antony
Puthiya Aakasham Puthyiya Bhumi 1962 M. S. Mani
Kannum Karalum 1962 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Vidhi Thanna Vilakku 1962 S. S. Rajan
Bhagya Jathakom 1962 P. Bhaskaran
Santhi nivas 1962 C. S. Rao
Swargarajyam 1962 P. B. Unni
Viyarpintae Vila 1962 M. Krishnan Nair
Bharya 1962 M. Kunchacko
Nithya Kanyaka 1963 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Ninamaninja Kaalpaadukal 1963 N. N. Pisharady
Doctor 1963 M. S. Mani
Snapaka Yohannan 1963 P. Subramaniam
Moodupadam 1963 Ramu Kariyatt
Sathyabhama 1963 M. S. Mani
Susheela 1963 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Kadalamma 1963 M. Kunchacko
Kaattu Mynah 1963 M. Krishnan Nair
Chilamboli 1963 G. K. Ramu
Ammaye Kaanaan 1963 P. Bhaskaran
Rebeka 1963 M. Kunchacko
Kalayum Kaminiyum 1963 P. Subramaniam
Thacholi Othenan 1964 S. S. Rajan
Kutti Kuppayam 1964 M. Krishnan Nair
Anna 1964 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Devaalayam 1964 S. Ramanathan, N. S. Muthukumar
School Master 1964 S. R. Puttana
Manavatty 1964 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Atom Bomb 1964 P. Subramaniam
Oral Koodi Kallanayi 1964 P. A. Thomas
Karutha Kai 1964 M. Krishnan Nair
Pazhassi Raja 1964 M. Kunchacko
Shree Guruvayoorappan 1964 S. Ramanathan
Aadya Kiranangal 1964 P. Bhaskaran
Omanakuttan 1964 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Bhargavi Nilayam 1964 A. Vincent
Bharthavu 1964 M. Krishnan Nair
Kalanju Kittiya Thankam 1964 S. R. Puttanna
Aayisha 1964 M. Kunchacko
Kudumbini 1964 P. A. Thomas
Althaara 1964 P. Subramaniam
Devatha 1965 Subba Rao
Subaidha 1965 M. S. Mani    
Shyamala Chechi 1965 P. Bhaskaran  
Odeyil Ninnu 1965 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Kadathukaran 1965 M. Krishnan Nair 
Porter Kunjali 1965 Sasi Kumar, P. A. Thomas
Inapravukal 1965 M. Kunchacko
Muthalali 1965 N. A. V. Rajendran
Kalyana Photo 1965 J. D. Thottan  
Ammu 1965 N. N. Pisharady    
Thankakudam 1965 S. S. Rajan    
Rosy 1965 P. N. Menon  
Kattu Thulasi 1965 M. Krishnan Nair  
Mayavi 1965 G. K. Ramu   
Jeevitha Yaathra 1965 Sasi Kumar
Rajamalli 1965 R. S. Prabhu
Kattu Pookkal 1965 K. Thankappan
Kathirunna Nikah 1965 M. Krishnan Nair
 Kochumon 1965 K. Padmanabhan Nair 
Bhoomiyile Malakha 1965 P. A. Thomas 
Daaham 1965 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Shakuntala 1965 M. Kunchacko
Pattuthoovaala 1965 P. Subramaniam 
Chettathy 1965 S. R. Puttana
Kavyamela 1965 M. Krishnan Nair 
Murappennu 1965 A. Vincent 
Thommante Makkal 1965 Sasi Kumar   
Sarppakavu 1965 J. D. Thottan 
Kuppivala 1965 S. S. Rajan
Chemmeen 1965 Ramu Karyat
Manikya Kottaram 1966 U. Rajagopal
Kalithozhan 1966 M. Krishnan Nair
Puthri 1966 P. Subramaniam
Kusruthy Kuttan 1966 M. Krishnan Nair
Archana 1966 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Station Master 1966 P. A. Thomas
Pakalkkinavu 1966 S. S. Rajan
Rowdy 1966 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Pinchu Hridhayam 1966 M. Krishnan Nair
Kadamattathachan 1966 Rev. Fr. George Thariyan
Jail 1966 M. Kunchacko
Pennmakkal 1966 Sasikumar
Koottukar 1966 Sasikumar
Kaattumallika 1966 P. Subramaniam
Kalyana Rathriyil 1966 M. Krishnan Nair
Kayamkulam Kochunni 1966 P. A. Thomas
Chemmeen 1966 Ramu Kariyatt
Anaarkali 1966 M. Kunchacko
Tharavattamma 1966 P. Bhaskaran
Kanmanikal 1966 Sasikumar
Poochakkanni 1966 S. R. Puttana
Kallipennu 1966 P. A. Thomas
Kanaka Chilanga 1966 M. Krishnan Nair
Karuna 1966 K. Thankappan
Sthanarthy Saramma 1966 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Thilothama 1966 M. Kunchacko
Priyathama 1966 P. Subramaniam
Mayor Nair 1966 S. R. Puttana
Ramanan 1968 D. M. Pottakkadu
Kunjali Maraikkar 1968 S. S. Rajan
Thalirukal 1968 M. S. Mani
Sahadharmini 1968 P. A. Thomas
Indulekha 1968 Kalanilayam Krishna Kumar
Irruttinte Aathmavu 1968 P. Bhaskaran
Jeevikkan Anuvadikku 1968 P. A. Thomas
Sheelavathi 1968 P. B. Unni
Agniputhri 1968 M. Krishnan Nair
Kottayam Kolakase 1968 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Udhyogastha 1968 Venu
Balyakala Sakhi 1968 Sasikumar
Arakkillam 1968 N. Sankaran Nair
Lady Doctor 1968 K. Sukumaran
Post Man 1968 P. A. Thomas
Kudumbam 1968 M. Krishnan Nair
Mynatharuvi Kolakase 1968 M. Kunchacko
Karutha Rathrikal 1968 Mahesh
Awal 1968 Azeez
Bhagya Mudra 1968 M. A. V. Rajendran
Madatharuvi 1968 P. A. Thomas
Kaanatha Veshangal 1968 M. Krishnan Nair
Khadeeja 1968 M. Krishnan Nair
Anveshichu Kandethiyilla 1968 P. Bhaskaran
Collector Malathy 1968 M. Krishnan Nair
Ashwamedham 1968 Vincent
Chithramela 1968 T. S. Muthaiyah
Nagareme Nandi 1968 A. Vincent
Pavappettaval 1968 P. A. Thomas
Pareeshka 1968 P. Bhaskaran
Cochin Express 1968 M. Krishnan Nair
Pooja 1968 P. Karamachandran
N.G.O 1968 S. S. Rajan
Kavalaam Chundan 1968 Sasikumar
Naadan Pennu 1968 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Kasavu Thattam 1968 M. Kunchacko
Chekuthante Kotta 1968 M. M. Nesan
Ollathu Mathi 1968 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Swapna Bhoomi 1968 S. R. Puttanna
Mull Kireedom 1968 N. N. Pisharady
Paathira Pattu 1968 N. Prakash
Anaachadanam 1969 M. Krishnan Nair
Padicha Kallan 1969 M. Krishnan Nair
Vila Kuranja Manushyan 1969 M. A. Rajendran
Veettu Mrugam 1969 Venu
Aalmaram 1969 A. Vincent
Kattu Kurangu 1969 P. Bhaskaran
Janma Bhoomi 1969 John Sankaramangalam
Ballatha Pahayan 1969 T. S. Muthaiyah
Aaryankavu Kollasangam 1969 R. Velappan Nair
Nurse 1969 Thikkurussy Sukumaran Nair
Mr. Kerala 1969 G. Viswanath
Rahasyam 1969 Sasikumar
Soosi 1969 M. Kunchacko
Adimakal 1969 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Kuruthykalam 1969 A. K. Sahadevan
Urangatha Sundary 1969 P. Subramanian
Kannoor Deluxe 1969 A. B. Raj
Ardha Rathiri 1969 Sambasiva Rao
Sandhya 1969 Dr. Vasan
Poojapushpam 1969 Thikkurussy Sukumaran Nair
Kadalpalam 1969 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Mooladhanam 1969 P. Bhaskaran
Kalli chellamma 1969 P. Bhaskaran
Jwala 1969 M. Krishnan Nair
Vilakkapetta Bendhangal 1969 M. S. Mani
Chattambi Kavala 1969 N. Sankaran Nair
Nadhi 1969 A. Vincent
Velliyazhcha 1969 M. M. Nesan
Koottukudumbam 1969 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Virunnukari 1969 Venu
Rest House 1969 Sasikumar
Kumara Sambhavam 1969 P. Subramaniam
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43 thoughts on “Malayalam Films | 1960-1970

    • vilakkappetta bandhangal, jwala, poojapushpam, sandhya, ardharathri, kuruthikkalam, soosy, Mr. kerala, nurse, aryankavu kollasangam, janmabhoomi, kaatukurangu, almaram, veetumrigam, vilakuranha manushyan, kuruthikkalam, padichakallan, paathirpatu, anachadanam, ………..ee cinemakalil ethenkilum eppol available ano? arudeyenkilum kayyil undakumo, please inform,

  1. hi CM, will plz confirm to me, In Yavanika movie there was a child artist acted as Mammotty’s son in a short role. was he Murali Gopi s/o Kodiyettam Gopi?

  2. Indeed it was the decade that saw the peak of malayalam movies, thereafter the growth declined, the down fall starting in mid 1970s and more evident in the first decade of 20th centurey, surely we are yet to break the record established in this decade, with Cheemeen released in 1966 and winning the Honourable President of India’s gold medal.We are yet to have another Ramu Kariat, P.N.Menon and A.Vincent.

    I have no hope in the so-called New Generation stuff, which is counter creative, offshoot of postmodern thoughts and concepts of life

    • Hi Vysakh,
      I am not aware of any movie titled Aana by KS Sethumadhavan, however there one titled Anna ( the Malayalam version of the name Hannah ) released in 1964, starring Sathyan and Ragini? Was this what you were looking for? ..cinematters

    • i have one film called AANA in my collection starring MADHU, SOMAN, SRIVIDHYA, but that was directed by p chandrakumar not sethu madhavan.. sethumadhavan film was ANNA.. by lotus pictures in 1964.. that film is not commercially available..

    • Hi Raju (?),
      How many times would you keep posting the same request here at the blog under different posts with gibberish given as your sender e-mail id and hoping someone would reply to you? I mean, do you really think the blogging platform has the super intelligence to deliver a reply to you, over-riding the gibberish that you have posted as your e-mail id? I donot use e-mail ids to SPAM anyone, nor do I use it for any commercial purposes – this is a bonafide, personal blog with an enthusiastic small band of contributors supporting it with streams of information. I find it very funny that you would want valid information, but you wouldnt want anyone to CONTACT you with that information. For the SECOND TIME, the songs from School Master are present on Youtube. Why not check the uploader for more details?

    • raju…. you cant get SCHOOL MASTER right now… commercially not available… youtube uploaded songs of school master came from the prog ORMAYIL ORU CHITHRAM and ORMAYIL BAHADUR prog. last time this film was telecasted in DD MALAYALAM channel and that was in 2005. no more movies of MERRYLAND production are likely to hit market in near future…. you have only one option left… and ie wait for DD to re telecast it as they have again acquired the right of telecasting MERRYLAND movies… or try for a video cassette of the same… i repeat VIDEO CASSETTE.. not DVDs or VCDs……

    • Hi Yoosuf,
      The Video ( Neela meghamaalikayil) attached has a ticker that runs the address of a Royal Video Vision, No 46 EMS Shopping Complex, Kadavanthra, Kochi with Contact Nos 0484-3957891 and a Cellphone number 9847989203. Why not give them a call and check? Thanks, cinematters.

  3. Excellent work ! Feels nostalgic when going thro’ the list itself. Can you suggest any place the where movies of 1950-70 period are available for viewing ?

    • Thank you Doctor :) Glad to have helped you sit back and smile wistfully. A good number of the movies are available as Single Uploads on Youtube itself now, and hope more will follow. There have been organised attempts like Lehren Malayalam in bringing many old titles legally on Youtube. Reliance has started off with its BigFlix Pay-per-view Channel which has around 190 titles when I last checked, which is a mix of the old and the new.Happy viewing. Thanks again.cinematters

    • Hi Muhsin,
      I’m not sure if the 1961 version is out in the market. To the best of my knowledge, it is presumed to be only in the posession of private collectors, if any. Will keep you posted if I come across more information on that. Thanks..cinematters

  4. An excellent compilation, CM!
    I used to see many of the old movies on VHS cassettes from people returning from the Gulf during the 80s/90s: Odayilninnu, Neelakuyil (not my favourite, sorry!), Kuttiyedathy, Vilakku vangiya veena, kuttikuppayam, Anubhavangal Palicchakal… Of late many of these oldies are appearing again, on VCD, and some of the prints are, as you right described it, “crappy”. Once case in point being that 80s classic, Yavanika. But worthwhile, nevertheless.
    I have with me a documentary called “Cinemayude Kaalpaadukal” containing interviews with many prominent Malayalam film-pernonalities from the 60s/70s: Vincent (love his Bhargavi Nilayam), singer Jayachandran, and music director Raghavan (kaayalarigathil valayerinjappol) to name a few. A few ‘behind the scenes’ were shown: how cinematographers worked with rather primitive equipment and achieved technical brilliance, and vignettes about how certain movies got to be made: the struggles and privations. Wonderful, and the B&W medium felt so real.
    Nobody risks B&W anymore. The magic’s missing from Malayalam cinema.
    But that’s just a personal opinion clouded by the smoke of nostalgia!

    • Dear Krishnan,
      I am honored, and let me also ad, delightfully surprised. I literally jumped on the documentary the first time I saw it in a shop in Kottayam, during one of my ‘lightning visits’ home and was depressed to find that it was available as a VCD copy. I exhausted all my options checking with the other shops for a DVD copy before I half-heartedly bought it. I was fortunate enough to get a DVD copy from Ernakulam through a friend of mine, and here I am, ending up with two digital formats of the same :) In fact I had written to Ms Vuvi Films inquiring about the availabilty of a DVD copy but I guess the letter went to Letter Heaven. :) Thank you so much for your kind words and I totally agree with you on the magic part of it. In fact, I am halfway writing about the documentary here at OMC and intend to share it very soon. Those VHS tapes that you spoke about – are they still around, cos, if they are, I would love to lay my hands on them :) Also there is something very interstning with the resolutions in VHS tapes and the ‘modern’ VCDs which live up to their crappinesss. The VHS Tape gives out a pic resolution of 330×480 (250 lines). The modern, ‘digital’ VCD gives us 352×240 (250 lines) !! :D And here we are, getting scammed over and over again. Also, if you have the time and the patience, why not start writing about those movies that you loved right here at OMC..This is an open invitation.There is no hurry.:) Regards, cinematters

    • Dear Thomas,
      Not quite sure I fully understood what you really meant with that comment. If by “sweet obsessions“, you were referring to the old classics, well, you can rest assured it would be discussed here steadily, but surely. :) Thanks for writing in..Cinematters

    • Hi Gracy,
      I am afraid I just couldn’t figure out whether you needed suggestions on the titles of Malayalam movies worth watching or the sources for the same. Murappennu, Ningalenne Communistaakki, Kuttyedathi, Nair pididcha Pulivaal are some of the delightful ones you could start off with. And that list is just keeps on growing :) Do write in if you can with your impressions on the same. Thanks…CM

    • Hi Christina,
      Thank you so much for passing through and your kind words. Glad that you were able to take away something from what you read through. Hope to see more of you in these parts, now that you know the way :)
      Thanks and regards…CM

    • Hi Shaji,
      Thank you for passing through and writing in. The ‘How’ of the question has at present, only painfully little to be offered as an answer. If you are in Kerala, the best way would be to keep yourself updated through the local DVD/VCD stores and buy a copy as and when they come out. Online, you could search for them at Malayalamflix.com or MaeBag.com ( the best in terms of service, by far and collections). Unfortunately most are available only as crappy VCDs so you need to live with that. I keep updating the addresses as and when I get it, here. If you have any particular titles in mind, please do write in and I will try my best helping you find out whether they are commercially available. Thanks again..Regards..CM

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