8 Best Malayalam Rom-Coms To Watch Online

Neelima Menon
Best Malayalam rom coms to watch

Good news is a little hard to come by in pandemic times, so sometimes you’ve to make your own happiness. Can there be a better time then, to revisit some of the best Malayalam rom-coms to have come our way in the past decade? So take a break and fall in love alongside (and with) Nazriya Nazim, Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly and others...

1. Ohm Shanthi Oshana  (2014) 

Ohm Shanthi Oshana

Pooja (a brilliant Nazriya Nazim) is like a 2.0 version of MT Vasudevan Nair’s Ammini (Aranyakam): that rare female teenage protagonist who drives the narrative forward. She is impish, temperamental and surprisingly rational despite being madly in love. Directed by Jude Antony and written by Midhun Manuel Joseph, Ohm Shanthi Oshana is a quintessential romcom that is deeply rooted in the Kerala milieu. That the narration is provided by Pooja keeps the fun alive and lends agency to the spunky character. The film begins with a photographic account of her moving out of her diapers to pre-school, from adolescence to teenage—her quirky and fun equation with her parents is a highlight—until that defining moment when she bumps into her dream man at a waterpark. In this movie occupied with the female gaze, the handsome Nivin Pauly happily plays second fiddle to his co-star. 

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2. Premam  (2015)

Nivin Pauly and Sai Pallavi in 'Premam'

In his second film, Alphonse Puthren chronicled the eventful coming-of-age journey of George (Nivin Pauly) from adolescence to adulthood. There is George in school who develops a gigantic crush on Mary; in college, he falls for the charming Tamilian teacher Malar; and finally ends up marrying Celine. You’ll wish that Puthren spent more time developing the women’s characters, but Premam still makes for a laugh-out-loud, nostalgic watch with its impromptu dialogues, cheeky humour, endearingly real characters and beautiful music.

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3. VaraneAvashyamund  (2020)

Shobana and Suresh Gopi in Varane 'Avashyamund'

This film, the debut of director Anoop Sathyan (son of Sathyan Anthikad), sometimes feels like a fanboy...

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