This article includes a list of general references, but it lacks sufficient corresponding inline citations .(November 2015)
|Directed by|| Lal Jose |
|Written by||Shankar Ramakrishnan,|
C. V. Sreeraman,
|Starring|| Mammootty |
M. J. Radhakrishnan
|Edited by||Ranjan Abraham|
V. T. Sreejith
|Music by||Thej Mervin|
Isaac Thomas Kottukapally
|Distributed by||Backwater Media & Entertainment Private Ltd.|
Kerala Cafe is a 2009 Indian Malayalam-language anthology film produced by Ranjith and directed by a team of ten directors including Lal Jose, Shaji Kailas, Anwar Rasheed, Shyamaprasad, B. Unnikrishnan, Revathy, Anjali Menon, M. Padmakumar, Shankar Ramakrishnan, and Uday Ananthan. For the first time in Malayalam cinema, one film was conceived by a team of ten directors. Ten cinematographers, musicians, editors, art directors and almost all the top Malayalam film actors joined this unique venture. The ensemble cast includes Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Dileep, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Rahman, Fahadh Faasil, Jayasurya, Suraj Venjarammood, Navya Nair, Nithya Menen, and others. 
Backwater Media & Entertainment Private Limited distributed the film. The film released in Kerala on 29 October 2009.
On a common theme of journeys, each filmmaker presents their cinematic impression of contemporary times in Kerala. The independent narratives integrate when, during these journeys, their characters pass through Kerala Cafe—a quaint railway cafeteria—thereby creating a joint mosaic of issues and impressions. 
The project involved ten different cinematographers from the industry. The project features ten different stories from different settings in Kerala, providing ample scope for a diverse bouquet of visual styles. The intersection of the ten stories happens in a railway cafeteria called "Kerala Café", where there is an interaction among the characters of the different stories. This portion was collectively shot by the participating directors and the cinematography was done by Prakash Kutty. Ranjith was the compiler and the producer of the project.
The only song featured in the movie is "Kathayamama, Kathayamama, Kathakalathisadaram", an ode to Thunchath Ezhuthachan's famous verse, shown when the final credits roll. The lyrics of the song are by Rafeeq Ahamed and the music was created by Bijibal, with the voice of P. Jayachandran.
|Nostalgia||M. Padmakumar||Anil Nair||Based on a Poem called Naduvaazhikal||Dileep, Navya Nair, Sudheesh, Suresh Krishna, Babu Namboothiri, Ambika Mohan|
|Island Express||Shankar Ramakrishnan||S. Kumar||Shankar Ramakrishnan||Prithviraj Sukumaran, Rahman, Jayasurya, Maniyanpilla Raju, Sukumari, Shelly Kishore, Kani kusruti, Geethu Christie|
|Lalitham Hiranmayam||Shaji Kailas||Sujith Vasudev||Rajesh Jayaraman||Suresh Gopi, Jyothirmayi, Dhanya Mary Varghese|
|Mrityunjayam||Uday Ananthan||Hari Nair||Ahmed Sidhique||Fahadh Faasil, Rima kallingal, Meera Nandan, Anoop Menon, Thilakan,|
|Happy Journey||Anjali Menon||M. J. Radhakrishnan||Anjali Menon||Nithya Menon, Mythili, Jagathy Sreekumar, Bindu Panicker, Mukundan|
|Aviraamam||B. Unnikrishnan||Shamdat||B. Unnikrishnan||Shweta Menon, Siddique, Sudheesh|
|Off-season||Shyamaprasad||Azhgappan||Joshua Newtonn||Suraj Venjaramood, Vindhyan|
|Bridge||Anwar Rasheed||Suresh Rajan||Unni R.||Salim Kumar, Kalpana, Kozhikode Shantha Devi, Jinu Joseph|
|Makal||Revathy||Madhu Ambat||Deedi Damodaran||Sona Nair, Augustine, Sreenath, Sreelakshmi, Archana|
|Puram Kazchakal||Lal Jose||Vijay Ulaganath||Based on C. V. Sreeraman's short story "Puramkazchakal"||Mammootty, Sshivada, Sreenivasan, Manikandan Pattambi, Suresh Nair|
Nostalgia that is loosely based on Venugopal's poem Naatuvazhikal is the first film that unfolds. Johnykutty (Dileep) is employed in the Middle East, who claims to friends to long to return to Kerala some day. On a vacation back to India though, he despises the government and the potholes on the road, the bureaucracy and the people. Having signed a deal to sell off his ancestral mansion, enrolling his kids in a boarding school, and making fake promises to his old friend (Sudheesh), he flies back to Dubai, to commence his nostalgic laments all over again.
The hero (Prithviraj) zooms down and starts whispering to us about Jesus, Frankenstein and Mangalassery Neelakantan, the idol trio who have had a say in his life. With his 'editor-publisher'(Kani) hanging around his arms, the writer that he is, speeds off to Kerala, promising her that he would get traditional attire to cover her up when they reach there. An aged woman (Sukumari) waits around for her bus to arrive in some bus station, while an army officer (Jayasurya) sitting nearby dozes off, his head resting gently on her shoulders. A dishevelled looking man in his fifties (Maniyanpilla Raju), brushes aside the advances of a teenage girl in a shabby looking lodge, as he gets all ready to go somewhere. Island Express splendidly bonds together these diverse characters and more in a dramatic climax.
Ramesh (Suresh Gopi) is caught between his wife Lalitha (Jyothirmayi) and mistress Mayi (Dhanya Mary Varghese) and has to take the big decision now. The turmoil that goes on inside the man's mind is slickly edited and trendily depicted on screen. Ramesh discloses his affair with Mayi to Lalitha before his accidental death, and Lalitha accepts Mayi and her child as part of her life.
Mrityunjayam has a journalist (Fahadh Faasil) doing an investigative story on a spooky old 'Mana' (ancestral Kerala house) that in its owner's (Thilakan) own words is a 'very different and peculiar place'. He falls in love with a girl, the owner's grand daughter (Rima Kallingal) who greets him at the door there, and pops the question if he could marry her. She is taken aback but all the more impressed by his candidness. He then proceeds to the "Mana" to unveil the mystery despite its owner's cautionary warning, and returns to visit the girl again. In the end the journalist also succumbs to the mystery of the "Mana", and is found dead inside, the next morning. It is revealed that it was his ghost that came to visit the girl that night.
A middle aged man (Jagathy Sreekumar) delights himself with a bit of flirting with a young girl (Nithya Menen) sitting beside him on a bus from Ernakulam to Kozhikode. Edging his way into the girl's seat and engaging in worthless conversation, he is all optimistic about the night that lies ahead. The girl on the other hand is initially uncomfortable, but all of a sudden composedly takes on a different garb that stuns the man. Against all odds, she would keep her head above the water, and a calmness descends on her that is at once creepy and confident. A psychological combat between the two ensues that concludes in an impressive climax.
Aviramam talks of life that would go on, even as one strives to put an end to it all. Devi (Shwetha Menon) wakes up to find her doting husband Ravi (Siddique) beside her with a cup of tea. Gulping down the tea, she talks of 'how horrible a kisser' he was. There is talk of the recession eating into the IT sector and Ravi's business in particular before they get ready to leave for the railway station with their kids. Having seen off his family on a short vacation of three days, Ravi heads back home and gets a noose ready to finally call it a day. But the true love of Devi prevents any mishaps and they decide to take on life as it comes.
Kunjappai (Suraj Venjarammood) gets all pepped up as he comes across a foreigner couple on an almost empty Kovalam beach. His hopes of earning some quick money are dashed when he learns that they are broke and have actually traveled all the way from Lisbon looking for work in India. But Kunjappai and the couple bond well, and soon all's well that ends well
Bridge illustrates the very obvious symbols of loss, misery and desolation. The film talks about two parallel tracks, the first one involving a young boy and his pet kitten. The father discards the pet kitten to discipline the child, but the child falls ill, and the father then sets out to find the kitten to calm his son, but to no avail. The other story has a son (Salim Kumar), who lives in poor surroundings, deciding to leave his ailing mother (Kozhikkode Shantha Devi) in the street. In the end, it is shown that the old lady and the kitten have found each other, and both are sitting on the verandah of Kerala cafe.
Makal is about the flesh trade which is happening under the guise of adoption. Sona Nair and Sreenath have done the main roles.
Puram Kazhchakal portrays a nameless man (Mammootty) aboard a bus trudging along a hill terrain. His anger and impatience at the slow moving vehicle is being amusedly watched by a fellow passenger (Sreenivasan) who gulps down his own memories.
The film was premiered in Abu Dhabi on 9 October 2009.  The film released in theatres on 29 October 2009.
Critics gave the movie generally favourable reviews. Giving it four stars out of five, Nowrunning.com commented: "Open up this box of assorted candies, and you see them all laid out on a salver, quite uneven in manner and matter, posture and perspective and yet it all builds into something quite incredible that makes this ambitious enterprise a fascinating filmic feast."  Movie Buzz of Sify.com said, "Here is a film that looks different from the rest and catches the viewers' attention quite easily."  
Amal Neerad is an Indian film director, cinematographer and producer who mainly works in Malayalam Cinema. He attended the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. He was awarded the National Film Award for Best Cinematography in 2001 for his diploma film Meena Jha.
Anjali Menon is an Indian filmmaker and screenwriter who predominantly works in Malayalam cinema. Anjali has won international, national and state awards for her work and is best known for her feature films Manjadikuru,Kerala Cafe, Ustad Hotel, Bangalore Days, Koode and Wonder Women. She is counted among the change agents in Indian cinema whose work gets attention from the audience and the critics. Anjali is the founder of Little Films a film company based in Mumbai and Kerala that produces fiction and non-fiction works. Anjali is one of the founders of the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC), an organization that focuses on gender equality in the Malayalam film industry.
Nithya Menon is an Indian actress and singer who has acted in over 58 feature films and in six different languages: Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and English.
Pramani is a 2010 Malayalam film written and directed by B. Unnikrishnan and starring Mammootty, Fahadh Faasil, Siddique, Janardhanan, Sneha, Nazriya Nazim and Lakshmi play supporting roles in the film which also features Tamil actor Prabhu in a cameo appearance. Pramani was dubbed in Tamil as Bramma. The movie hit the theatres on 26 March 2010.
Cocktail is a 2010 Malayalam-language thriller film edited and directed by Arun Kumar Aravind. The film stars Jayasurya, Anoop Menon, and Samvrutha Sunil in the lead roles, while Fahadh Faasil, Aparna Nair, Innocent, and Mamukkoya play supporting roles. The film released on 22 October 2010.
Fahadh Fazil is an Indian actor and film producer who predominantly works in Malayalam cinema and has appeared in few Tamil and Telugu films. He has acted in more than 50 films and has received several awards, including a National Film Award, four Kerala State Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards South.
22 Female Kottayam, also known as 22FK, is a 2012 Indian Malayalam-language thriller film directed by Aashiq Abu. Written by Syam Pushkaran and Abhilash S. Kumar. The film stars Fahadh Faasil and Rima Kallingal. It was set and filmed in Bengaluru.
D Company is a 2013 Indian Malayalam portmanteau action-thriller gangster drama film. It is an anthology of three independently shot action films directed by M. Padmakumar, Diphan, and Vinod Vijayan. Its cast includes Jayasurya, Anoop Menon, Unni Mukundan, Fahad Fazil and Asif Ali. The film is produced by Vinod Vijayan, Seven Arts Mohan and Faisal Latheef under the banner of D Cutz Film Company and distributed by Seven Arts International.
Poppins is a 2012 Indian Malayalam-language anthology film directed by V. K. Prakash. It stars ten lead actors, appearing as five couples; the characters are played by Kunchacko Boban and Nithya Menen, Jayasurya and Meghna Raj, Indrajith and Padmapriya, Shankar Ramakrishnan and Mythili, and Siddique and Ann Augustine. The film was shot with two cameras at the same time handled by Jomon T. John and Arun.
Annayum Rasoolum is a 2013 Indian Malayalam-language romantic drama film directed by Rajeev Ravi and written by Santhosh Echikkanam from a story by Ravi. Set in Vypin islands in Kerala, the plot revolves around a star-crossed romance between Rasool, a Muslim taxi driver, and Anna, a Latin Christian salesgirl, both from conservative working class families. The songs and background score were composed by K.
Immanuel, also publicized as Emmanuel, is a 2013 Malayalam comedy-drama film, directed by Lal Jose and produced by S. George. The film stars Mammootty in the title role with Fahadh Faasil and Reenu Mathews. Lal Jose has stated that it is a "soft film sans hullabaloo" and "essentially tells the story of Immanuel's intrinsic goodness even in the face of adversity."
New generation films is a Malayalam film movement developed in the early 2010s, characterized by fresh and unusual themes and new narrative techniques. Films of the new wave differ from conventional themes of the past two decades and introduced several new trends and techniques to the Malayalam film industry. While the new generation formats and styles are deeply influenced by global trends, their thematics are firmly rooted in Malayalee life and mindscapes.
North 24 Kaatham is a 2013 Indian Malayalam language adventure drama film written and directed by debutant Anil Radhakrishnan Menon. The film features Fahadh Faasil, Nedumudi Venu and Swathi Reddy in the lead roles. The background score is composed by Govind Vasantha. The movie released as an Onam release on 15 September 2013. The movie was well received by critics and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam. It is widely regarded as one of the defining movies of the Malayalam New Wave.
Iyobinte Pusthakam is a 2014 Indian Malayalam-language period thriller film directed by Amal Neerad. It stars Fahadh Faasil, Lal, Jayasurya and Isha Sharvani with Jinu Joseph, Chemban Vinod Jose, Vinayakan, Padmapriya, Sreejith Ravi, T.G Ravi, Amith Chakalakkal, John Vijay, Soubin Shahir and Lena in supporting roles. Aashiq Abu makes a cameo appearance as P.J. Antony. Faasil and Neerad co-produced the film. The movie was scripted by Gopan Chithambaran with dialogues written by Syam Pushkaran.
Mariyam Mukku is a 2015 Indian Malayalam-language romantic fantasy drama written and directed by James Albert. The film marks the directorial debut of screenwriter James. The film was distributed by LJ Films. It stars Fahadh Faasil and Sana Althaf in the lead roles along with Manoj K. Jayan, Joy Mathew, Irshad, Sadiq, Nandhu, Prathap Pothan and Saju Navodaya in other important roles. The film score and songs were composed by Vidyasagar.
Sakhi Elsa is an Indian costume designer or fashion designer working predominantly in Malayalam film industry.
Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum is a 2017 Indian Malayalam-language crime drama film directed by Dileesh Pothan and written by Sajeev Pazhoor. The film stars Fahadh Faasil and Suraj Venjaramoodu, with Nimisha Sajayan, Alencier Ley Lopez, Vettukili Prakash, and Sibi Thomas in supporting roles. Syam Pushkaran served as a creative director of the film. Bijibal composed the music and Rajeev Ravi handled the cinematography.
Jins Baskar is an Indian actor and model. He made his debut in the 2011 Malayalam film Swapna Sanchari directed by Kamal.
Njan Prakashan is a 2018 Indian Malayalam-language satirical comedy film directed by Sathyan Anthikad and written by Sreenivasan and starring Fahadh Faasil in the titular role. Sethu Mannarkkad produced the film under the banner of Full Moon Cinema. The film was released on 21 December 2018 to highly positive reviews. At the box office, it grossed ₹52 crore worldwide in 40 days into release, becoming one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of all time.
Athiran is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language psychological thriller film directed by Vivek and scripted by P. F. Mathews from a story by Vivek. It was produced by Raju Mathew through his production company Century Investments. The film stars Fahadh Faasil with Sai Pallavi, Atul Kulkarni, Renji Panicker, Shanthi Krishna and Sudev Nair in pivotal roles while Prakash Raj makes a cameo appearance. The film features original songs composed by debutant P. S. Jayhari and a musical score by Ghibran. The story is set in a psychiatric asylum.The film has similarities with the 2010 Hollywood film Shutter Island (film)