Films on Malayalam cinema enjoys a unique relationship with theatre, since its birth in the 1930’s. Popular themes and genres in theatre have helped film makers to script successful films. Controversies, scandals and conflicts in theatre have given materials for film makers. Here we present eight theatre based films from 1980’s to 2010 which depicted a world that lies behind the curtain. They depict the lives of theatre artists and the stark social reality behind money and glamour.