One of the best films by the late director Rajesh Pilla, Traffic is a haunting tale about the authority’s attempts to conduct a heart transplant by taking a heart from one district to another. As a film traffic is not flawless but it keeps you at the edge of your seats. The film is narrated stylishly with montages, and as the point of view of different characters. Anoop Menon shined in this film as the IPS officer who takes responsibility. The film emphasises on humanity, redemption, friendship, and relationships. Watch out for Nivin Pauly’s cameo at the end.
22.Jacobinte Swargarajyam (2016)
Jacobinte Swargarajyam is an inspirational film about a family who stuck together against all odds. When Jacob (Renji Panicker) was betrayed by a fellow businessman, it is left to his children to make up for all the debts he has taken. The family had to face several recessions and the odds were not in their favour as they were in a country like Dubai. Jerry (Nivin Pauly) take it upon himself to clear all the debts. The film is a touching yet uplifting tale about family values and to be strong in the face of adversity. And, not to forget the dialogue about Kerala and KSRTC.
23.Kerala Varma Pazhassiraja (2009)
It is difficult to not include this historical epic that narrates one of the first attempts of freedom. Pazhassiraja is the face of early struggles against British colonialism. The film captures several aspects including how the British looted the kingdom and blackmailed even turned several Indians, like Moopan (Nedumudi Venu) who betrayed Thalakkal Chandu for alcohol which was promised to him by the British. The fight sequences and the sound effects by Oscar winner Resul Pokutty were top class. And the songs were well directed. Apart from Mammootty’s charisma as Pazhassiraja, the performances were lauded like Sarathkumar, Manoj K Jayan, Jagathy Sreekumar, and Padmapriya who won special jury mention national award.
24.C/O Saira Banu (2017)
C/O Saira Banu is an emotional thriller and an uplifting film which also marks the comeback of actress Amala Akkineni. Saira Banu (Manju Warrier) raises Joshua Peter, the son of her caretaker Peter George (Mohanlal). When he was falsely accused of manslaughter, a case led by determined and ruthless lawyer Annie John (Amala Akkineni), Saira Banu takes it upon herself to win the case motivated by Joshua’s friends. The film has all the flavours and will remain with you after you watch it.
25.Pappayude Swantham Apoos (1992)
Pappayude swantham Apoose is one of my most favorite films by Fazil. The film is about father-son bond and how they stuck together when the son had medical problems. Badusha delivered a memorable performance and the scenes where he innocently spoke to Mammooty’s character is character. The scenes, where he asks “can we go?” to which his father replies “we will go” and the scene where his father opens the tap in the bathroom to drown his sobs, are well directed, tearing you up. Despite less screen time, we will feel Shobana’s presence throughout the film.