Falimy, Kumbalangi Nights and more; here are the Malayalam films that tell the tales of dysfunctional families, who come to understand one another through their struggles over time.
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Over the years, Malayalam filmmakers have been able to depict dysfunctional families in a variety of genres. While films such as Sandesham depicted family members trying to mend their relationships within their house by accepting one's flaws or correcting them, movies like Irakal, Bhoothakaalam, and Appan showed the grey shade of being a part of these families.
George Kora's recent film Tholvi F.C. is one of the few that humorously depicts the tale of a dysfunctional family, who come to understand one another through their struggles over time.
If you enjoyed watching this George Kora film, starring Sharaf U Dheen, here is a list of other Malayalam movies that portrayed such families in a light-hearted manner.
Basil Joseph plays Anoop, also known as Anu, who finds it difficult to maintain a relationship with his dysfunctional family. A hilarious series of events ensues when he takes his family to Varanasi, as per his grandfather's wish. In addition to concise and engaging storytelling, the performances in this family dramedy are impressive. (Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar)
In an attempt to clear his head and finish writing a film script in time for his producer's deadline, Anthony Oliver Twist goes back to live with his family, which consists of his father, Oliver Twist, mother, younger brother Charles, and paternal grandfather. The main plot point of the movie is how he reconciles with his family, especially his father. The film also emphasises the value of taking care of one's mental health, while also having some emotional moments. (Streaming on Amazon Prime)
Madhu C Narayanan's Kumbalangi Nights deals with a number of themes, including discovering oneself, mental well-being, redemption, and class discrimination, through the lives of four brothers residing in the island village of Kumbalangi. The film captures visually appealing scenes and has stellar performances by Shane Nigam, Soubin Shahir, Sreenath Bhasi, and Fahadh Faasil. (Streaming on Amazon Prime)
Paapam Cheyyathavar Kalleriyatte
The story of two seemingly wealthy Christian families is told in Paapam Cheyyathavar Kalleriyatte. However, when both families learn certain secrets during a marriage betrothal, the situation spirals out of control, thereby leading to unimaginable chaos on the same day. Vinay Forrt, Santhy Balachandran, Anumol, Arun Kurian, and Tini Tom make up an impressive ensemble cast for the film. (Streaming on Amazon Prime)