Literature In Malayalam Cinema


Cinema is the greatest art and entertainer of 20th century. It’s the unique blend of art, technology and literature as well. Now Cinema has become part of school and college syllabuses. The bond between cinema and literature was formed from its primitive stage itself. Many film makers chose great pieces of literal work, either mythological or fiction to make films. Almost all great works of world literature including epics and dramas has been made to movies. Many works have been repeatedly experimented on big screen. Best instances are Shakespeare dramas and Tolstoy works. First Malayalam novel that was made a movie was C. V. Raman Pillai’s Marthanda Varma (1932). Muttathu Varkey’s novels have been most frequently used for film making.   


Poems and Movies – Many great poets of Malayalam literature have given wide contributions to film world as well. P. Bhaskaran, Vayalar Rama Varma and O. N. V Kurup remain the greatest. Kumaran Asan’s Karuna and Changampuzha’s Ramanan have become movies on silver screen.


Poets turned Movie makers – Cinema is the best visualization of imagination and fiction. So, a few writers have used this media to express their imaginations. Neela Kuyil – the first Malayalam movie to win Indian President’s silver medal was directed by P. Bhaskaran and Ramu Kariat. P. Bhaskaran wrote its lyrics and acted in this movie also. Srikumaran Thampy, a noted poet of Malayalam entered cinema writing lyrics for ‘kaattu Mallika’. Later he stayed here and turned a director as well.


World literature in Malayalam cinema – Such experiments have been attempted by only a few directors in Malayalam cinema. Jayaraj’s Kaliyattam released in the year 1997 is the best instance. This movie was based on Shakespeare tragedy – Othello. Karmayogi, most recently released Malayalam movie was inspired from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Thus the bond between Malayalam cinema and world literature is constraint to a few movies only.


Noted books made movies – Marthanda Varma of C. V. Raman Pillai, Chemmeen of Thakazhy, Odayil Ninnu of Kesavadev, Nellu of Valsala, Itha ivied vare of Patmarajan, Ummacchoo of Uroob, Balyakala Sakhi of Basheer, Paadatha painkili of Muttathu Varkey, Yakshi of Malayattoor Ramakrishnan, Aranazhikaneram of Paarappurathu, Ningalennu communist aakki of Thoppil Bhasi and Aalkoottathil thaniye of MT.   

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Chemeen is of course Malayali's pride. hats off to Thakazhi for given such a valuable literal piece

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