In Malayalam cinema there are many brilliant film directors who include J. C. directorsDaniel who was the director and producer of the first Malayalam film, Vigathakumaran. He is considered as the father of Malayalam cinema. The films like Neelakkuyil (1954) shed limelight on its directors Ramu Karyat and P. Bhaskaran. Both of them became famous directors during the 1960s and 1970s. A. Vincent who was the cameraman of this movie later became a famous director. P. Ramadas who was the director of Newspaper Boy also became a noted director during the 1950s.

The directors who made serious cinemas were Adoor Gopalakrishnan and G. Aravindan. Adoor Gopalakrishnan had directed films like “Swayam Varam’, ‘Kodiyettam’, ‘Elipathayam’, ‘Mathilukal’, ‘Vidheyan’, and ‘Katha Purushan’, which got national and international rewards. Aravindan started his direction with the film ‘Utharayanam’ followed by films like ‘Kanjana Seetha’, ‘Thampu’, Kummatti’, ‘Esthapan’, ‘Pokku Veyil’, and ‘Chidambaram’ which also received universal recognition.

M.T. Vasudevan Nair’s first movie ‘Nirmalyam’ won national rewards. The scripts of M. T were masterpieces which includes ‘Vaisali’, ‘Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha’, ‘Perumthachan’, and ‘Parinayam’. The first film of I V Sasi was Ulsavam which was a commercial success. His other successful films include Angadi, Ee nadu, Meen, Anubandham, Vartha and Avanazhi.

Director Fazil started his career with Manjil virinja pookal which was the debut movie of Mohan Lal who is now a super star of Malayalam cinema. Other films of Fazil are Ente Mamatikuttiammakku, Nokatha doorathu kannum nattu, Pappayude swantham Appus, Manichitrathazhu, Aniathipravu, Harikrishnans etc.

Balachandra Menon, a talented personality handles almost all aspects in film making. He looks into direction, editing, writing, music direction etc. Some of his films include Tharatu, Kelkatha shabdam, Karyam nisaram, Samantharangal, Ammayane satyam and Krishna Gopalakrishna.

kerala-cafeSrinivasan who was an actor alone in the beginning has shown his talents in screenplay writing and direction. His films always deal with middle class family relationships and human psychology. Some of his films include Vadakkunoki yantram, Chintavistayaya Shyamala, Midhunam, Udhayananu Thaaram, Kadha Parayumbol, Oru  Naal Varum etc.
Director Blessy has given an own identity with his films in the Malayalam film industry. Some of his films include kaazhcha, Thanmatra, Palunku, Calcutta News and Bramaram.

Other important film directors are Shaji Kailas, Rafi Mecartin, Anwar Rasheed, Joshie, Satyan Anthikkad, Lal Jose, Johny Antony, Priyadarshan, Kamal, K G George and Shafi. Some of the directors have started to work in other languages as well. Directors like Priyadarshan, Siddique Lal and some others have done films in other languages such as Tamil and Hindi.
Many Malayalam film directors have received many awards in the national level as well. Out of the 40 National Film Awards for Best Director, Malayalam directors have won 12 awards.

Year Director (Winner) Film
2008 Adoor Gopalakrishnan Naalu Pennungal
1999 Rajivnath Janani
1998 Jayaraaj Kaliyattam
1994 T.V. Chandran Ponthan Mada
1990 Adoor Gopalakrishnan Mathilukal
1989 Shaji N. Karun Piravi
1988 Adoor Gopalakrishnan Anantharam
1987 G. Aravindan Oridathu
1985 Adoor Gopalakrishnan Mukhamukham
1979 G. Aravindan Thamp
1978 G. Aravindan Kanchana Sita
1973 Adoor Gopalakrishnan Swayamvaram