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These 5 classic Malayalam films on iStream will make you feel nostalgic

The films from the 80s and 90s have a special place in the hearts of any cine-goer who grew up watching Malayalam films. Here we present the 5 best Malayalam classic films to watch on iStream.

These 5 classic Malayalam films on iStream will make you feel nostalgic
Sukhamo Devi and Oru CBI Diary Kurippu official posters

Last Updated: 08.26 PM, Mar 19, 2024


The Malayalam film industry has been creating quite a stir across the globe these days, with back-to-back blockbusters and content-driven films. Even though it is new for the audiences who are just discovering the industry, the cine-goers from Kerala have a different story to tell them. Malayalam cinema has always been content-oriented and has been producing path-breaking films ever since it came into existence.

Here are the 5 classic Malayalam films that will make you nostalgic, to stream on popular OTT platform iStream. Have a look...

Top 5 classic Malayalam films to stream on iStream

Film Cast Director
Oru CBI Diarykurippu Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Jagathy Sreekumar, Lissy K Madhu
Sukhamo Devi Shankar, Mohanlal, Jagathy Sreekumar, Urvashi, Geetha  Venu Nagavally
Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal Mammootty, Suhasini Maniratnam, MG Soman Fazil
Kottayam Kunjachan Mammootty, Ranjini, Sukumaran, Innocent, KPAC Lalitha  T.S. Suresh Babu
The Car Jayaram, Janardhanan, Sreelakshmi Rajasenan

Oru CBI Diarykurippu


The Mammootty starrer, which is the first installment in the CBI franchise, is helmed by K Madhu and penned by SN Swami. The megastar played the role of CBI officer Sethurama Iyer in the film, which revolved around the murder case of Omana (played by Lissy). The unique storytelling, intelligent writing, and excellent performances made Oru CBI Diarykurippu an instant favourite of Malayalam cinema audiences. A perfect film to revisit, if you love the good old crime thrillers.

Cast: Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Jagathy Sreekumar, Lissy, and others

Sukhamo Devi

This 1986-released romantic drama and its songs still hold a special place in the hearts of Malayalam cinema audiences. The movie, which marked the directorial debut of legendary actor-filmmaker Venu Nagavally, featured Shankar as the central character Nandan. But it was Mohanlal, who made a lasting impression with his charming performance as Sunny. Sukhamo Devi is one of the evergreen tragic romances of Malayalam cinema, that ended with a twist no one expected.

Cast: Shankar, Mohanlal, Jagathy Sreekumar, Urvashi, Geetha

Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal

This 1987-released tragic romance marked yet another collaboration of the iconic trio – director Fazil, Mammootty, and Suhasini Maniratnam. Manivathoorile Aayiram Sivarathrikal revolved around the soul-stirring love story of Dr. Vinayachandran and Neena, played the megastar and senior actress, who belonged to different religions. The veteran actor won the hearts of the audience with his exceptional performance (and unmatched voice modulation) in the film. In one of his old interview Mohanlal had picked this Fazil directorial as one of his favourite Mammootty films.

Cast: Mammootty, Suhasini Maniratnam, MG Soman

Kottayam Kunjachan

Kottayam Kunjachan, the action drama that features Mammootty in the titular role, is helmed by TS Suresh Babu and written by Dennis Joseph. The megastar played one of the most iconic ‘Achayan’ characters of his illustrious career in the film, which emerged as a massive blockbuster. The iconic dialogues and comedy scenes from the movie still remain the favourites of audiences. If you are planning to watch a fun mass film, Kottayam Kunjachan is the perfect choice.

Cast: Mammootty, Ranjini, Sukumaran, Innocent, KPAC Lalitha

The Car

This Jayaram starrer helmed by Rajasenan, which is a comedy thriller, was released in 1997. The Car revolves around the lives of Mahadevan and Kumaran, who gets into major trouble after a car and a girl named Maya enter their lives. Jayaram and Janardhanan’s impeccable comic timings, and the senior filmmaker’s signature making made the movie a thoroughly entertaining watch. Even though the film was an average grosser at the time of its release, it eventually won the hearts of audiences after its television premiere.

Cast: Jayaram, Janardhanan, Sreelakshmi

Other Malayalam films on iStream

Apart from the above mentioned classics, you can also watch many recently released acclaimed Malayalam films, including Kho Kho, Sabhash Chandrabose, Chiri, Chuzhal, and others are also available on iStream to watch. 

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