Campus movies are either painful or even sweet remembrance for many of a life that they enjoyed to the max. Campus life and that too a good one is something that oneu can cherish for their lifetime. Movies that evoke the feeling of a time that let you fly sky high has always been embraced by people with both arms. The excitement is the main reason why good campus movies has always been successful in Mollywood.
Campus movies has been there since the black and white era of Malayalam cinema how ever there was a kind of artificiality existed back then. It was movies like Sarvakalashala, Sughamo Devi and Yuvajanotsavam which changed the nature of campus movies forever. Here some of the most loved campus movies that Mollywood has ever come across till now.
Yuvajanolsavam is indeed one of the best in director - lyricist - music - script writer director Sreekumaran Thampi's career. The movie had a heart touching campus story and the actors in the movie were exceptional. Mohanlal was in the lead role of the movie. What makes Yuvajanolsavam evergreen is the songs and the way campus life has been shown in the movie. Yuvajanotsavam did not just travel through the colorful life of college. It also had a tragic story which made it painful and nostalgic at the same time.
Sukhamo Devi (1986)
Sukhamo Devi directed by Venu Nagavally which had Shankar, Mohanlal, Urvashi and Geetha in lead role. Highlight and the most important part of Sukhamo Devi is Mohanlal and jagathi's acting and the touching story. Death of Mohanlal's character Sunny still makes peoples eyes wet. However Sukhamo Devi is not at all a through out campus movie. But campus is the integral part of the movie and most of the comedy in this movie is from the scenes which has the campus as the backdrop.
Story of Sarvakalashala is so much peculiar and rare. The movie is about the story of a man who continues to hang around his college even after his education. His reason being an orphan and lonely. The movie travels through the campus life and through the life of this young man (role played by Mohanlal). The movie had an ensemble star cast and was a super hit back then. venu nagavalli is the director of this movie. The songs composed by M. G. Radhakrishnan also added beauty to the movie.
Mazhayethum Munpe (1995)
The main reason for the success of the movie is the vibrant campus part in the movie and the stupendous acting by actressess like Annie, Manju Pillai, Keerthi Gopinath, Praseetha Menon etc. The character played by Annie was a tomboyish type which was first of its kind in Malayalam. The movie was surprising for many. However the movie slowly drifts to tragedy from the second half. Mammotty is in the lead role of the movie. His role as a rude teacher was pivotal for the movie.
Vidyasagar at his best. The music director of the movie has presented Kerala with one of the most beautiful song in Malayalam movie song history. Apart from that the story of Pranayavarnangal was too good and had a message for many who gets obsessed with their infactuation. Manju Warrier, Divya Unni, Biju Menon and Suresh Gopi were in the lead role of the movie. The campus part of the movie was absolute fun thanks to Divya Unni's role and her acting. Sibi Malayil is the director of Pranayavarnagal.
Again Vidyasagar became a crucial part for the success of a movie. Niram which had beautiful Shalini (Ajith's wife and former actress) and heartthrob Kunchacko Boban in lead role. The chemistry between pair worked out so well that there was a time when people wished and prayed for the couple to be together in real life. Kamal is the director of the movie
Nammal marked the beginning of acting career of Ace actor Raghavan's son Jishnu and genius director Bharathan's son Siddharth. The movie was a instant hit despite of fresh face in lead role. The movie managed to bag the attention of people of all age groups the peppy songs, good story and vibrant actors made this movie a super hit. Kamal is the director of the movie.
The second most sensational campus movie ever !. The characters in the movie was real life like and people were able to relate it a lot to their own campus story. The director did not just stick on the drama and fun in the campus life. He also added a thriller story to the plot and it blended with the movie perfectly. Lal jose was the director of the movie. Prithviraj, Indrajith, kavya Madhavan, Narain, Jayasurya, Radhika, Anoop Chandran etc. has done their job perfectly. Director Rajeev Ravi was the cinematographer of Classmates. Alex Paul is the music director.
Chocolate was a full on rom-com which had campus as the back drop. The story of Chocolate is about a guy who gets admission for the first time in history of a women college. Prithviraj and Roma was in the lead role of the movie. Chocolate is indeed the career best of Roma and gave her lots of mileage in Mollywood. Shafi is the director of Chocolate. Salim Kumar, jayasurya, Samvrutha Sunil, Remya Nambeesan etc. includes rest of the cast of Chocolate.
None would have imagined in their wildest dreams that Premam would become a storm and will wipe away the entire south India. Nivin Pauly became a sensation after this movie and his fan base extended beyond linguistic boundaries. Directed by Alphonse Puthren Premam had Nivin Pauly, Shabaressh Varma, Krishna Shankar, Anupama, Madonna and Sai Pallavi in pivotal roles. Even though Premam was about the love life of the lead role acted by Nivin the movie had a campus part which was portrayed with perfection and realism. Alphonse Puthren is the director of Premam.
Aanandam was kind of new age campus story a successful one in terms of collection as well as in earning good reviews. However Aanandam is more of a road movie actually. Its the story of interesting events that happens in a college tour. Arun Kurian as Varun Manjuran, Thomas Matthew as Akshay Raj, Siddhi Mahajankatti as Dia, Roshan Mathew as 'Rockstar' Gautham, Annu Antony as Devika aka Devooty, Vishak N Nair as K. Unnikrishnan Pillai aka Kuppi, Anarkali Marikar as Darshana Menon includes the lead cast of Aanandam. Ganesh Raj is the director.