15 Major Malayalam Blockbusters Which Led To Sequels

15 Major Malayalam Blockbusters Which Led To Sequels

19 Feb 21 @ 1:11 PM

Sequels have followed popular Malayalam blockbusters and remained a significant part of Mollywood’s filmography. Often, filmmakers have relied on the similar cast to repeat the success of their originals. Sequels of successful movies like “Oru CBI Diary Kurippu’ and ‘Ramji Rav Speaking’ went on to become one of the biggest box office hits in Malayalam. Apart from being blockbusters,these films and their cast have created a space for themselves in the Malayalam industry. Their popularity is evident from the fact that they enjoy popularity even now among Malayalees.

  • Drishyam (2013)

    Drishyam is one of the best thrillers to roll out from the industry. The film by Jeethu Joseph starred Mohanlal as Georgekutty, the man who goes to insane height to protect his family. The film which got remade in multiple languages has now got a sequel Drishyam 2 which chronicles the protagonist and his family's life post the tragedy that stuck them.

    drishyam
    drishyam
  • Pretham (2016)

    Pretham is a horror comedy that had Jayasurya playing Mentalist John Don Bosco. He is an expert at solving mysteries and cold reading techniques. The success of Pretham paved the way for its sequel Pretham 2(2018) which has the mentalist communicate with dead people. Jayasurya's role and the look in the Pretham franchise was a huge hit.

    Pretham
    Pretham
  • Aadu (2015)

    Aadu directed by Midhun Manuel Thomas has Jaysurya playing the iconic Shaji Pappan. The film could not live up to the expectations raised with its look and promotions. However, the makers went ahead and made the sequel and had all the main characters from part 1 reprise their roles in Aadu 2 (2017). Aadu 2 did well at the box office and a part 3 of the movie is being planned to be released in 3D format in December 2019.

    Aadu
    Aadu
  • Honey Bee (2013)

    Honey Bee directed by Lal Jr starring Asif Ali and Bhavana is a comedy thriller where two friends suddenly unwind their love for each other and elope on the eve of girl's marriage. The commercial success prompted the makers to work on the sequel titled Honey Bee 2: Celebrations (2017). The sequel shows the drastic differences of opinion among the two families leading to conflict.

    Honey Bee
    Honey Bee
  • Punyalan Agarbathies (2013)

    Punyalan Agarbathies is a satirical comedy and has Jayaurya playing an upcoming entrepreneur Joy Thakkolkaran whose spirits never die in spite of all the financial hardships he face. The commercial success provoked the makers to work on the sequel Punyalan Pvt Ltd (2017) where the enterprising Joy is back again and fights the corrupt system.

    Punyalan Agarbathies
    Punyalan Agarbathies
  • Udayananu Tharam (2005)

    ‘Udayananu Tharam’ was a satire on stardom and fan culture in Malayalam film industry. This beautiful film narrates the ordeals of an idealist filmmaker Udayabhanu (Mohanlal), when he plans to direct a good film. It captures the angst of filmmakers who are compelled to compromise their principles to satisfy the egos of mega stars. The film was a blockbuster mainly due to overall performance of the cast and novelty of the theme. Sreenivasan, who wrote its script, came with a sequel ‘Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar’ (2012), which was a spoof on Mohanlal. However, it was received coldly in theatres.

    Udayananu Tharam
    Udayananu Tharam
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  • Commissioner (1994)

    This cop film marks Suresh Gopi’s debut as an action hero. He portrays Bharathchandran IPS, who brings to justice all the criminals in city. He received wide acclaim for his fiery dialogues, which established him as a super star soon. ‘Bharathchandran I.P.S’ (2005), another super hit appeared as sequel to this immensely popular action flick.

    Commissioner
    Commissioner
  • Kilukkam (1991)

    A romantic drama from Mohanlal-Priyadarsan team, ‘Kilukkam’ explored the relationship between a tourist guide and a mentally unsound girl. This family entertainer was full of twisted plots and mistaken identities, that formed the core of Priyadarsan’s movies. Its sequel ‘Kilukkam Kilukilukkam’ (2006) failed to create the magic of ‘Kilukkam’ on screen.

    Kilukkam
    Kilukkam
  • In Harihar Nagar (1990)

    'In Harihar Nagar' is a 1990 Malayalam comedy-thriller film written and directed by the duo Siddique-Lal. It stars Mukesh, Siddique, Jagadish and Ashokan in major roles. The film was a great comic entertainer and a blockbuster. Actress Geetha made her debut in this movie. 'In Harihar Nagar' was later remade into Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu also.

    In Harihar Nagar
    In Harihar Nagar
  • Ramji Rao Speaking (1989)

    Directed by hit film makers Siddique- Lal, this hilarious comedy movie has no parallels in Mollywood. The movie is based on three theatre artists ending up in a kidnap plot to become rich. Innocent, Mukesh and Saikumar gave audience a memorable laughter riot in theatres. Its success was later replicated by Mannar Mathai Speaking (1995).

    Ramji Rao Speaking
    Ramji Rao Speaking
  • August 1 (1988)

    Considered one of the best cop films made in Malayalam, this crime thriller by Mammootty-S . N. Swamy team was way ahead of its time. Mammootty appears as the legendary cop Perumal, who investigates a plot to kill the new chief minister (Sukumaran), on Independence Day. But, a hired psychotic assassin (Captain Raju) and time are his major challenges. He has to bring to light the villains who are behind the conspiracy to save the life of the chief minister. This thriller was a blockbuster and was followed by a sequel August 15 (2011).

    August 1
    August 1
  • Oru CBI Diary Kurippu (1988)

    Mammootty began his legendary CBI series by appearing as shrewd officer Sethurama Iyer in this detective saga. The flick was a blockbuster and was followed by ‘Jagratha’ (1989), ‘Sethurama Iyer CBI’ (2004) and ‘Nerariyan CBI’ (2005). All films in the CBI series were runaway hits.

    Oru CBI Diary Kurippu
    Oru CBI Diary Kurippu
  • Nadodikkattu (1987)

    Directed by Sathyan Anthikad, this movie had rogue detectives Dasan(Mohanlal) and Vijayan (Sreenivasan) taking on underworld dons. It was a spoof on detective films in Malayalam and was a blockbuster. The film was followed by ‘Pattana Pravesham’ directed by Sathyan himself and ‘Akkare Akkare Akkare’ (1990) by Priyadarsan, which was loosely based on ‘Pink Panther’ films.

    Nadodikkattu
    Nadodikkattu
  • Aavanazhi (1986)

    Made by veteran director IV Sasi, 'Avanazhi' was the first film in the trilogy of Inspector Balram. It won't be wrong to say that Mammootty was living as Inspector Balaram, a cop who crossed the limits of law to deliver justice. It was one of those times when you see the lead role with shades in his character. 'Avanazhi' told the story of Balram in his chase to catch the dreaded criminal Satyaraj, played by Captain Raju. It went on to become a blockbuster hit of the year and paved way for 'Inspector Balram' (1991) and 'Balram vs Tharadas' (2006).

    Aavanazhi
    Aavanazhi
  • Chemmeen (1967)

    Ramu Kariat’s ‘Chemmeen’ enjoys iconic status in Malayalam. It is a timeless classic due to the unforgettable cast- Sathyan, Madhu and Sheela. The movie introduced Manna Dey and Salil Chowdhury to Malayalam. ‘Chemmeen’ narrated the tragic love story of Karuthamma and Pareekutty. It was one of the most popular films ever made in Malayalam. Its sequel featured Manju Warrier and Suresh Gopi in lead roles.

    Chemmeen
    Chemmeen