From colour films to OTT platforms, transformation of Malayalam Films at a glance


Chemmeen

The National Film Awards were launched in 1954 and Malayalam cinema won the first National Award in the same year itself. (Silver Medal for 'Neelakuyil').

At that time, Malayalam cinema was shot only in black and white. The first Malayalam movie in colour was produced in 1961 (Kandam Becha Kottu). In 1965, the third Malayalam colour film 'Chemmeen' was released. 'Chemmeen' is the first film to win the President's Gold Medal not just in Malayalam but in entire South India.

The transition of Malayalam cinema from the 1970s to the 1980s was the advent of colour films.

Slowly, technological advancements started influencing Malayalam cinema. In 1978, the first Malayalam cinemascope film 'Thacholi Ambu' was released. The first 70 mm movie 'Padayottam' reached theatres in 1982.

In 1984, India's first 3D movie 'My dear Kuttichathan' was released in Malayalam. By the end of the twentieth century, cinema had entered the digital age. The first digital movie in Malayalam is ‘Moonnamathoral’ released in 2006.

Slowly, film rolls and projectors vanished from theatres. Digital distribution networks like Qube, DFO etc took over the screening. The digital cameras helped the filmmakers to make movies easily and at a minimal cost.

The structure of theatres changed eventually. Countless silver screens were revived through malls at a time when theatres were disappearing.

OTT platforms came to the rescue of the movie industry when theatres were shut down during the pandemic.

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