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* ''Abhiyum Naanum''



* ''Naan'', about identity theft
* ''Mozhi''
* ''Abhiyum Naanum''
* ''Iruvar'', a biopic about the friendship between two famous political figures
* ''Bombay'', a movie about an interfaith couple dealing with the aftermath of the 1992 Babri mosque demolition and the 1993 Bombay Stock Exchange terrorist bomb strikes.



* Film/{{Indian}}: A vigilante movie with a distinctly Indian version of the NinetiesAntiHero, that was submitted to the Oscars for consideration for "Best Foreign Film".





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* Film/{{Indian}}: A vigilante movie with a distinctly Indian version of the NinetiesAntiHero, that was submitted to the Oscars for consideration for "Best Foreign Film".
* ''Iruvar'', a biopic about the friendship between two famous political figures
* ''Mozhi''
* ''Naan'', about identity theft
* ''Film/TheTerrorist''


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!!Recommended Films (Mollywood)
* ''Neelakuyil'', A story of a romantic affair between an upper-caste schoolteacher and a Dalit girl
* ''Chemmeen'', A story about an affair between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man in a coastal fishing village. First South Indian movie to win India's Gold Medal for Best Film
* ''Swayamvaram'', The story of a couple that married against their parents' wishes and started a life of their own. Won four National Film Awards and brought Malayalam Cinema to the international stage
* ''Amma Ariyan'', An avant-garde movie that revolves around the incidents following the death of a young Naxelite.
* ''Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha'', An alternative retelling of a popular folktale. Won four National Film Awards.
* ''Manichitrazhazhu'', A favorite of every Malayali! A horror-psychological thriller based on the tragedy of the Alummoottil clan of central Travancore, that tackles dissociative identity disorder from both a scientific and religious perspective
* ''Guru'', A fantasy story that tackles bigotry, prejudices and superstitions. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film
* ''Kaazhcha'', Loosely inspired by the 1986 Iranian film, Bashu The Little Stranger, this movie revolves around a young Gujarati boy who finds himself in Kerala following the 2001 earthquake in Gujarat.
* ''Adaminte Makan Abu'', The story of a poor Muslim family whose only wish is to perform the Hajj pilgrimage. Won four National Film Awards.
* ''Bangalore Days'', A tale of three cousins and their adventures and love lives in Bangalore.
* ''Iyobinte Pusthakam'', Set in the mid-20th century before Independence, the story of a landowner and the sibling rivalry between his sons.
* ''How Old R U'', A story of a thirty-something year old woman rediscovering her purpose and meaning in life
* ''Drishyam'', A gripping tale of a film buff who goes through great lengths to protect his family following the accidental killing of a police inspector's son.
* ''Kammathipadam'', The story of residents of Kammathipadam who were drastically impacted by the gentification of their locality in mainland Ernakulam.
* ''Maheshinte Prathikaaram'', An edge-of-your-seat tale of revenge in a small village
* ''Angamaly Diaries'', The story of a young man who lands himself in hot water in a dispute with a rival gang
* ''Uyire'', A story of a young aspiring female pilot who gets acid-attacked by her possessive boyfriend.



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* ''Film/{{Baahubali}}'': A duology of epics about a vengeful deposed prince battling the usurper who killed his father.



* The Apu Trilogy, three acclaimed films from Creator/SatyajitRay that are among the most famous movies to come out of India.

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* The Apu Trilogy, three acclaimed films from Creator/SatyajitRay that are among of Creator/SatyajitRay, the most internationally famous movies film director to come out of India.


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** ''Film/TheMusicRoom'', aka ''Jalsaghar''




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These films are today thought of as the LargeHam, even by Bollywood standards. They are unabashedly escapist. The heroes are generally unapologetic [[MartyStu Stus]] of the [[GodModeSue highest order]]. The LoveInterest (called a "heroine", even if she never does anything heroic) is usually a straight-up [[TheChick chick]] and DistressedDamsel. Every film will have copious amounts of intrusive comic relief[[note]]Comedic actors in South India are powerful figures. Big-name ones appear in most every film made.[[/note]] as most films attempt to stuff in as much action, romance, music, and comedy as possible. This all-in-one genre combination is familiar to Indian movie buffs as 'masala', but is more commonly called 'mass' in Telugu lingo. Even movies with a serious subject matter (politics, horror, history, mythology) may follow the same pattern. Combine all of that with the low quality special effects and you get an industry of Narmy, SoBadItsGood movies.

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These films are today thought of as the LargeHam, even by Bollywood standards. They are unabashedly escapist. The heroes are generally unapologetic [[MartyStu Stus]] Stus of the [[GodModeSue highest order]].order. The LoveInterest (called a "heroine", even if she never does anything heroic) is usually a straight-up [[TheChick chick]] and DistressedDamsel. Every film will have copious amounts of intrusive comic relief[[note]]Comedic actors in South India are powerful figures. Big-name ones appear in most every film made.[[/note]] as most films attempt to stuff in as much action, romance, music, and comedy as possible. This all-in-one genre combination is familiar to Indian movie buffs as 'masala', but is more commonly called 'mass' in Telugu lingo. Even movies with a serious subject matter (politics, horror, history, mythology) may follow the same pattern. Combine all of that with the low quality special effects and you get an industry of Narmy, SoBadItsGood movies.


Sandalwood is the nickname given to the Kannada film industry, based in Bangalore. The name is derived from the sandalwood trees, that are ubiquitous in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka. They are in these times considered the [[AndZoidberg Zoidberg]] of South Indian film industries, owing to their movies being generally of lower production quality andhorrible plots. The truth is that this industry is a WhiteDwarfStarlet, which once produced movies equal in quality and commercial success to the other South Indian "woods", but have been in a prolonged DorkAge since the early nineties.

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Sandalwood is the nickname given to the Kannada film industry, based in Bangalore. The name is derived from the sandalwood trees, that are ubiquitous in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka. They are in these times considered the [[AndZoidberg Zoidberg]] of South Indian film industries, owing to their movies being generally of lower production quality andhorrible and horrible plots. The truth is that this industry is a WhiteDwarfStarlet, which once produced movies equal in quality and commercial success to the other South Indian "woods", but have been in a prolonged DorkAge since the early nineties.


Sandalwood is the nickname given to the Kannada film industry, based in Bangalore. The name is derived from the sandalwood trees, that are ubiquitous in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka. They are in these times considered the [[AndZoidberg Zoidberg]] of South Indian film industries, owing to their movies being generally of lower production quality and DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible plots. The truth is that this industry is a WhiteDwarfStarlet, which once produced movies equal in quality and commercial success to the other South Indian "woods", but have been in a prolonged DorkAge since the early nineties.

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Sandalwood is the nickname given to the Kannada film industry, based in Bangalore. The name is derived from the sandalwood trees, that are ubiquitous in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka. They are in these times considered the [[AndZoidberg Zoidberg]] of South Indian film industries, owing to their movies being generally of lower production quality and DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible andhorrible plots. The truth is that this industry is a WhiteDwarfStarlet, which once produced movies equal in quality and commercial success to the other South Indian "woods", but have been in a prolonged DorkAge since the early nineties.

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* ''Film/DoctorKrishna'': A medical drama film.


* ''Film/BowBarracks'': A rare English language independent film by a Bengali producer and director, this movie tells the story of a community of Anglo-Indians [[note]] People designated as having a European father or patrilineal heritage, and an Indian matrilineal heritage, who’ve been given special minority status [[/note]] struggling to retain their homes and heritage.

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* ''Film/BowBarracks'': ''Film/BowBarracksForever'': A rare English language English-language independent film by a Bengali producer and director, this movie tells the story of a community of Anglo-Indians [[note]] People designated as having a European father or patrilineal heritage, and an Indian matrilineal heritage, who’ve been given special minority status [[/note]] struggling to retain their homes and heritage.


* Film/MinchinaOta: A [[TheCaper heist movie]] that won a government award for movies that send an important social message.

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* Film/MinchinaOta: A [[TheCaper ''Film/MinchinaOta:'' [TheCaper heist movie]] that won a government award for movies that send an important social message.



* Film/HrudayaGeethe: Translation - a song from the heart. Another rarity in the Otherwoods - a lighthearted RomCom that falls prey to the CerebusSyndrome and becomes quite dark [[spoiler: and tragic]] towards the end. A remake of the Bollywood film "Paagal Kahin Ka"
* Film/GowriGanesha: A BlackComedy with an [[/index]]UnscrupulousHero protagonist. One of the very few Indian movies in which this kind of protagonist [[KarmaHoudini doesn't get any comeuppance in the end]].

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* Film/HrudayaGeethe: ''Film/HrudayaGeethe:'' Translation - a song -song from the heart. Another rarity in the Otherwoods - a lighthearted RomCom that falls prey to the CerebusSyndrome and becomes quite dark [[spoiler: and tragic]] towards the end. A remake of the Bollywood film "Paagal Kahin Ka"
* Film/GowriGanesha: ''Film/GowriGanesha:'' A BlackComedy with an [[/index]]UnscrupulousHero protagonist. One of the very few Indian movies in which this kind of protagonist [[KarmaHoudini doesn't get any comeuppance in the end]].




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* ''Film/BowBarracks'': A rare English language independent film by a Bengali producer and director, this movie tells the story of a community of Anglo-Indians [[note]] People designated as having a European father or patrilineal heritage, and an Indian matrilineal heritage, who’ve been given special minority status [[/note]] struggling to retain their homes and heritage.


Sandalwood is the nickname given to the Kannada film industry, based in Bangalore. The name is derived from the sandalwood trees, that are ubiquitous in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka. They are in these times considered the [[AndZoidberg Zoidberg]] of South Indian film industries, owing to their movies being generally of lower production quality and SoBadItsHorrible plots. The truth is that this industry is a WhiteDwarfStarlet, which once produced movies equal in quality and commercial success to the other South Indian "woods", but have been in a prolonged DorkAge since the early nineties.

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Sandalwood is the nickname given to the Kannada film industry, based in Bangalore. The name is derived from the sandalwood trees, that are ubiquitous in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka. They are in these times considered the [[AndZoidberg Zoidberg]] of South Indian film industries, owing to their movies being generally of lower production quality and SoBadItsHorrible DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible plots. The truth is that this industry is a WhiteDwarfStarlet, which once produced movies equal in quality and commercial success to the other South Indian "woods", but have been in a prolonged DorkAge since the early nineties.


This industry took off in the fifties, with nearly all of its movies being SwordAndSorcery high fantasy epics based on UsefulNotes/HinduMythology. The sixties saw a genre change, as more movies started to feature more contemporary plots, usually focused on common people. A lot of these movies featured Sandalwood's own MGR - Dr. Rajkumar [[note]] the doctorate is an honorary one in Film Studies [[/note]], who became an icon, but unlike MGR or NTR, didn't opt to translate cultural popularity into a political career. The seventies saw the industry hit its peak, with many commercial hits and more compelling stories being told. Many movies made in this particular decade were based on well regarded Carnatic literature. The eighties saw the industry adopt more modern stories, modern production techniques, even more synth based soundtracks. This era also saw the industry moving into more genres, such as romantic comedies, extremely soft sci-fi (more fantasy than sci-fi), horror and the usual popcorn action flicks. Movies made here in the eighties were very similar to movies made by the other South Indian "woods".

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This industry took off in the fifties, with nearly all of its movies being SwordAndSorcery high fantasy epics based on UsefulNotes/HinduMythology.Myth/HinduMythology. The sixties saw a genre change, as more movies started to feature more contemporary plots, usually focused on common people. A lot of these movies featured Sandalwood's own MGR - Dr. Rajkumar [[note]] the doctorate is an honorary one in Film Studies [[/note]], who became an icon, but unlike MGR or NTR, didn't opt to translate cultural popularity into a political career. The seventies saw the industry hit its peak, with many commercial hits and more compelling stories being told. Many movies made in this particular decade were based on well regarded Carnatic literature. The eighties saw the industry adopt more modern stories, modern production techniques, even more synth based soundtracks. This era also saw the industry moving into more genres, such as romantic comedies, extremely soft sci-fi (more fantasy than sci-fi), horror and the usual popcorn action flicks. Movies made here in the eighties were very similar to movies made by the other South Indian "woods".


* ''Athadu'', featuring an assassin out for vengeance after he is framed for the murder of an important politician. Has a very Creator/JohnWoo inspired final shootout.

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* ''Athadu'', featuring an assassin out for vengeance after he is framed for the murder of an important politician. Has a very Creator/JohnWoo John Woo inspired final shootout.

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