The Malayalam film Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey has managed to pull off something really remarkable. The dark comedy that revolves around domestic abuse has actually managed to draw humour out of a particularly grim subject. So for today’s List hai we take a look at some of the best Malayalam dark comedies available to stream online.
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Last Updated: 03.43 PM, Jan 18, 2023
The Malayalam film Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey has managed to pull off something really remarkable. The dark comedy that revolves around domestic abuse has actually managed to draw humour out of a particularly grim subject. The film stars Darshana Rajendran in the lead as a young wife who is mocked by her husband for her desire to complete her education. The role of the husband is played by Minnal Murali director Basil Joseph, and the film narrates the story of how Rajendran’s character who is a classic MCP is in for a surprise when he resorts to physical abuse. So for today’s List hai we take a look at some of the best Malayalam dark comedies available to stream online.
Aarkkariyam (Prime Video)
Malayalam actor Biju Menon has reinvented himself over the past decade and has become one of the best actors in the industry. While his 2020 blockbuster hit Ayyappanum Koshiyum earned him a cult following, it was his relatively lesser-known 2021 film Aarkkariyam, that truly cemented his status as one of the greats. The dark comedy-drama narrates the story of a father who was forced to commit a heinous crime in order to protect his daughter. Parvathy Thiruvothu and Sharaf U Dheen essay other prominent roles in this film.
Ee Adutha Kaalathu (SunNXT)
Written by Murali Gopi and directed by Arun Kumar, Ee Adutha Kaalathu is an underrated gem. The film revolves around six individuals from all walks of life who are connected through various incidents beyond their control. This 2012 black-comedy features a star-studded ensemble of Indarjith Sukumaran, Murali Gopi, Lena, Anoop Menon, Baiju, Jagathy Sreekumar, Indrans, and Shine Tom Chacko.
Vadakkunokkiyantram (Prime Video, free on MX Player, Eros Now)
Malayalam cinema legend Sreenivasan has written and directed this 80s classic, Vadakkunokkiyantram. Sreenivasan himself essays the lead role of a man who believes that he has married a beautiful woman who is way out of his league. His insecurities render him paranoid and it begins to take a toll on his marriage. His paranoia and relentless efforts to pacify his suspicions are central to the film’s narrative. Yesteryear stalwart Parvathy Jayaram essays the role of the wife, with supporting roles by Innocent, K P A C Lalitha, and Nedumudi Venu.
Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (Disney+ Hotstar)
Three of the most sought-after actors of Malayalam cinema today, Fahadh Faasil, Suraj Venjaramoodu, and Nimisha Sajayan essay the lead roles in Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum. Venjaramoodu and Sajayan essay the roles of a couple who decide to sell their gold chain out of desperation. However, a small-time thief, played by Faasil, steals the chain and swallows it before he is apprehended. Law enforcement and the couple are forced to be patient in order to retrieve the chain from the thief’s stomach. The Dileesh Pothan directorial was universally lauded and remains one of Fahadh Faasil’s underrated gems.
Maheshinte Prathikaaram (Manorama Max)
Yet another Fahadh Faasil and Dilesh Pothan comedy, the critically acclaimed 2016 film Maheshinte Prathikaaram truly deserves to be on this list. The plot revolves around an unassuming photographer named Mahesh who is inexplicably thrust into a brawl with a local hooligan after a series of unfortunate events. After being humiliated in front of the whole town, Mahesh vows never to wear footwear again until he has exacted his vengeance on his new foe. This black comedy film features Aparna Balamurali, Soubin Shahir, Anusree, and Alencier Ley Lopez in prominent roles.
Neram (Manorama Max)
The 2013 film, Neram, established Nivin Pauly as one of the biggest stars in Malayalam cinema. Helmed by Premam director Alphonse Puthren, the film pivots around a young man who must race against time in order to return the money he borrowed from a dangerous loan shark, as various simultaneous incidents threaten to put him in danger. Nazriya Nazim plays the lead alongside Pauly with a supporting cast of Bobby Simha, Sammi Thilakn, Lalu Alex, and Manoj K Jayan.
Nna Thaan Case Kodu (Disney+ Hotstar)
Kunchacko Boban’s personal renaissance in the film industry continues with his latest film Nna Thaan Case Kodu. The film narrates the story of a former thief who gets caught up in a legal battle with politicians after a series of unfortunate events. However, he refuses to be rattled and decides to take a stand against the elite by leaning on the law. Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval has helmed this dark comedy satire and was widely praised for his compelling narrative style.
Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka (Manorama Max)
Malayalam cinema legend Sathyan Anthikad’s 2001 directorial Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka is an underrated classic. The film is a satire on Kerala socio-politics and features a star-studded ensemble of Kunchacko Boban, Sreenivasan, Asin, Samyuktha Varma, Cochin Haneefa, K P A C Lalitha, and Janardhanan. The plot follows a young man’s return to his ancestral home only to realise that the village is far from the peaceful paradise that he had hoped for.
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Written by Ryan Gomez