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Happy Birthday Rosshan Andrrews: The pioneering movies of Mollywood’s hitmaker

With films like Notebook, Mumbai Police and How Old Are You?, he has delivered some remarkable dramas, starring Nivin Pauly, Mohanlal and Manju Warrier and broke records at the box office 

  • Megha Mukundan

  • OTTplay

Last Updated: 08.47 AM, Jan 06, 2022


The name Rosshan Andrrews is associated with a handful of blockbusters Malayalam cinema has seen in its recent timeline. The filmmaker has succeeded in bringing out uniqueness to the screen, which has left the audience impressed almost all the time.

He entered Mollywood in 2005 with his hit Mohanlal starrer Udayananu Tharam, for which he bagged the award for Best Debut Director. From there, he came a long way, sowing seeds of change and growth in the Malayalam cinema with movies like Notebook, Mumbai Police and How Old Are You?. His 2013 Prithviraj starrer Mumbai Police changed the course of the industry with its remarkable box office success, as well as being a benchmark for psychological thrillers in Malayalam.

The filmmaker continued his journey with many hits to his credit, and is now gearing up for the release of the latest Dulquer Salmaan starrer film, Salute. On the hitmaker’s birthday, here’re are some of his remarkable movies that you can watch:

Udayananu Tharam
The black comedy revolves around the financial and artistic crisis that the Malayalam film industry had faced at the turn of the 21st century. Mohanlal performs as an assistant director who is in a struggle to level up to a director. His attempts are ruined by a junior artist, which is the central idea of the plot. The movie bagged the biggest ever opening, with the director winning two State Awards. The movie also stars Sreenivasan, Meena, Mukesh and Jagathy Sreekumar in pivotal roles.
The coming-of-age drama is all about three students in a boarding school facing a critical challenge in their lives. The movie handles the subject of teenage pregnancy at a time when society was not much open to discussing the topic. Written by Bobby-Sanjay, the movie has Parvathy Thiruvothu, Roma Asrani, Maria Roy and Skanda Ashok playing prominent roles. Besides being a commercial success at the box office, it also won a state award as well as a Filmfare.
Evidam Swargamanu
The family drama-thriller starring Mohanlal narrates the story of a farmer who fights with the real estate mafia over protecting his farmland. The movie had a warm welcome among the Kerala audience along with bagging many awards including Kerala State Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value. The movie has Lalu Alex playing the antagonist, along with the supporting actors Thilakan, Sreenivasan, Shankar and Lakshmi Rai.
Mumbai Police
The psychological thriller stars Prithviraj Sukumaran in the lead, and revolves around a cop who ends up having partial memory loss amidst an important case. The movie received much acclaim even from the critics, changing the course of the genre in the industry. It achieved remarkable box office success. It features Rahman, Jayasurya, Aparna Nair and Hima Davis among others.
How Old Are You
The movie marks the come-back of Mollywood’s prominent actress Manju Warrier after a 14-year sabbatical in the industry. She performs the role of a UD clerk in a government office, who gradually becomes a public figure by reinventing herself. With a major success at the box office, the actress won a Filmfare as well. It also stars Kunchacko Boban, Kaniha, Lalu Alex and Amirtha Anil in major roles. The film was remade in Tamil with Jyotika, marking her comeback too.
Kayamkulam Kochunni
The period action drama revolves around the life of Kayamkulam Kochunni. He is a popular highwayman known for robbing the rich and giving away to the poor during the early 19th century. The movie stars Nivin Pauly in the eponymous role along with Mohanlal, Sunny Wayne and Babu Antony in vital roles. With major positive reviews, the movie bagged the title of the highest-grossing Malayalam film of the year 2018.

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