Evergreen cult classics of Priyadarshan- Mohanlal Combo

Priyadarshan-Mohanlal are considered as the hit machine of malayalam film industry. Their comedy hits are still appreciated and loved by Malayala cinema lovers . Here are some of the top films done by the duo.

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Chithram (1988)


Chithram released in 1988 was claimed to be a Screwball comedy movie, the star cast Mohanlal, Ranjini, Nedumudi Venu , Poornam Viswananthan, Sreenivasan,Soman, Sukumari, Lizzy, and Maniyan Pilla Raju while Thikkurissy had a guest appearance . Ranjini as Kallyani her father who stays in USA , comes to spent vacation with his daughter and son in law but is unaware that she has been ditched . This prompts his friend to  hire a man to play the role of her husband for the time being . The movie still continues to be one of the highest movie grosser in the history of malayalam cinema.It broke all the records at that time. The movie through, has a tragic ending . The one and only movie runs one year continues in theatres .  "Chithram" Written by Priyadarshan and Sreenivasan .The classic cult movie music were hits in chart .

Akkare Akkare Akkare (1990)


Akkare Akkare Akkare is the third movie of the Mohanlal- Sreenivasan Cid series . The first two movies Nadodikkattu (1987) and Pattanapravesham (1988) were directed by Sathyan Anthikkad. This movie about a mission crown and cid Dasan (Mohanlal) and Vijayan (Sreenivasan) investigating the case.
The movie was mostly shot in USA ,in Texas and Los Angeles . The other cast of the film included M.G. Soman , Parvathy, Nedumudi Venu, Sukumari, Mukesh , Maniyan Pilla Raju , Jagadish ,and Kpac Lalitha .Akkare Akkare Akkare is the first few films in malayalam to be shot on the United States.  The Dialogue " Sadhanam Kayyilundo" from the film came as a popular catchphrase in Malayalam ,As well as " Meanaviyal Enthayo Entho" and so many more dialogues famed from this film Written by Sreenivasan .

Boeing Boeing (1985)


Boeing Boeing 1985 released movie was the remake of the 1965 American film of the same name ,in this movie , Mohanlal dates three Airhostess with the help of his friend and rival Mukesh. The film became a big Blockbuster nd is also considered as a cult . This is considered as one of the best works of Priyadarshan-Lal-Mukesh combination .It was remade in Telugu as Chilakkottudu (1997) and in Kannada as Nee Tata Naa Birla . Priyadarshan remade the film in Hindi as Garam Masala in the year 2005.



Kilukkam (1991)


The musical, comedy hit, written by Venu Nagavally ,released in the year 1991. The film is, reportedly, inspired from Audrey Hepburn Starrer movie Roman Holiday. It is considered  as one of the best classics ever made by Priyadarshan . Mohanlal as Joji was amazing and was loved by his fans a lot. Revathy did full justice with the transformation she had in the film as a mentally ill woman and then a daughter searching for her father.
The movie , reportedly crossed the collection of Rs. 5 Crore , making it the first malayalam movie to Achieve the feat. Mohanlal won the Kerala state film awards for Best actor for the film.

Minnaram (1994)


Minnaram is a 1994 released musical-comedy film. The other caste includes Shobana, Thilakan, Sankaradi, KP Ummer, Jagathy Sreekumar, Geetha Vijayan , Venu Nagavally and Lalu Alex. Jagathy stole the show with his character of an insecure husband . The movie had a tragic climax but it went on to became a box office hit.




Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu (1986)


Mohanlal- Priyadarshan came up with this comedy in the year 1986. Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu is considered as one of the best comedy film ever made in malayalam film industry . This movie's cast included Mohanlal , Mukesh, Lizy, Sreenivasan, Jagathi Sreekumar , Maniyan Pilla Raju and Kuthiravattam Pappu in leading roles. The movie considered as a brainless comedy eventually became a cult movie . The dialogues of the film were given by Sreenivasan, Whenever aired on TV, it still gets amazing viewership.




Mukunthetta Sumithra Vilikkunnu (1988)


This box office hit movie was a remake of the Hindi film Katha directed by Sai Paranjpe that released in the year 1983 . Mukunthetta Sumithra Vilikkunnu was released in the year 1988. This movie based on social issues of people living in a small colonies. But its comedy was well appreciated. The movie starred Mohanlal, Sreenivasan and Ranjini in leading roles.





Vandanam (1989)


Vandanam (1989) is movie of many genres, it is basically a thriller with shades of comedy and romance , like other Priyan movies, even vandanam had an ensemble cast which included Lal, Mukesh, Girija Shettar, Nedumudi Venu, M.G Soman, Jagadish, Sukumari, Ganesh Kumar, Maniyanpilla raju and Cochin Haneefa. Reportedly, the smaller subplots were taken from the 1986 American movie Stakeout. The movie even had beautiful songs which were penned by Shibu chakravarthy and Ouseppachan. Vandanam was actress Girija Shettar's only Malayalam movie . Vandanam was a cult classic in ever made in Malayalam .





Thenmavin Kombathu (1994)



This 1994 release was about two friends who are ready to die for each other but fall in love with the same woman and the became biggest enemies of each other. Other than Mohanlal, the star cast included Shobana, Nedumudi Venu, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Kpac Lalitha , Sukumari, Sreenivasan, Sankaradi and Sharat Sayena. The film was the biggest blockbuster of the year 19994 and even became the highest grossing film. Rumor has it, Music director RD Burman was taken on board for the film. But due to his death, Priyan got Berny Ignatius as the composer . They went to win the Kerala State Film Award for best music director .





Poochakkoru Mookkuthi (1984)


This 1984 release movie was the first collaboration of the Lal-Priyan combo. It was even Priyadarshan's directorial debut. Poochakkoru Mookkuthi was based on Charles Dickens's play "The Strange Gentle Man ". The movie had an ensemble cast of Lal, Shankar, Menaka, M.G Soman, Nedumudi Venu , C.I Paul, Sukumari, Baiju, Jagathy, Kuthiravattam Pappu and Sreenivasan . Singer M.G Sreekumar also made his debut in play back singing with this movie . The music for the film given by M.G Radhakrishnan , who is the elder brother of M.G Sreekumar. The lyrics given by Chunakkara Ramankutty.





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