Watch them if you haven’t till now…

Five wonderful movies you should not miss

1. Manichitrathazhu (The Ornate Lock (1993)): Remade in so many other languages, including ‘Bhool Bhulaiyya’, this is one of the finest movies made. An out-of-the-world script, an equally brilliant screenplay, awesome music, compelling background score and flawless acting. It has all the ingredients of the perfect movie. No remake has been able to justify the class of this one. Shobhana won a National Award for her performance in this movie. I still get goosebumps when I hear the background score of this movie.

2.  Shwaas (Shwaas (2004)): I remember seeing it around 6-7 years back when a friend of mine had suggested this movie. The movie is the story of an 8-year old child who has an ailment in the eye. When he comes to the city along with his grandfather to show it the doctors, it is diagnosed as a rare disease. If the child has to live, then an operation has to be performed which will leave the child blind. Now as per ethics the child has to be told about the reality. The movie depicts the pain and agony of the grandfather and his struggle to show the child whatever he can before he is not able to. Painfully beautiful movie.

3. Iruvar (The Duo (1997)) Maniratnam, Mohanlal, Prakash Raj. This movie is loosely based on the relationship shared by M.G Ramachandran, the former Tamil movie superstar and Chief Minister and Karunanidhi, former Chief Minister of the same state. The cinematography by Santosh Sivan is magical. Needless to say, so is the music by the maestro AR Rahman. Prakash Raj is stellar in his performance as TamizhSelvan, rightfully earning a Best Supporting Actor National Award. And there is Mohanlal. He is phenomenal. My vocabulary does not have any words to describe this performance. Watch it for yourself. See how his expressions change from 2:50 to 3:10 and how pain subtly overtakes the face.

4. Pather Panchali (Pather Panchali (1955)): One of the finest Indian movies ever made. Satyajit Ray was a genius and this is a testament to that.

5. Kireedam (Kireedam (1989) ): There was a phase in the Malayalam movie industry (80s and the early 90s) when there were so many good movies, year after year, that even today I don’t see a movie even come close to the masterclass which those movies exhibited. It was a combination of great scripts, classic directors and amazing actors. ‘Kireedam’ is the product of one such combination. A son whose only mistake was to defend his father when a goon was trying to overpower him and a father who desperately wanted to see his son join the police force helplessly sees him drift towards the other side, sucked into the labyrinth of society. Mohanlal yet again shines and so does Thilakan, as the helpless father.

This was my answer in Quora to the question – What are some of the best Indian (including Bollywood) movies ever made?

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