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10 Must Watch Malayalam Suspense Thrillers

Updated on October 7, 2021
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1. Sethurama Iyer CBI series

Sethurama Iyer is Kerala's own Sherlock Holmes. In this series of four movies (Oru CBI Diarykkuruppu, Jagrata, Sethurama Iyer CBI and Nerariyan CBI), Mammootty as Sethurama Iyer investigates murders which finally leads to the arrest of the criminal. This series is a must watch for the current Malayalam movie watchers as it offers an insight into a time when Malayalam movies used to much more than just comedy, romance and action.

2. Manichitrathazhu

This classic horror/thriller/comedy-drama is one of the best among all Malayalam movies and has been remade into various regional languages. The movie also fetched national awards for actress Shobhana. So, Ganga and Nakulan live together in their ancestral home where supernatural instances start to happen one after the other. This compels Nakulan to call on his good friend and psychiatrist Sunny. He starts his investigation which leads to the revelation about the history of the house. Finally, Sunny untangles the story of Nagavalli who wants to drink the blood of Nakulan whom she pictures to be Thampi, who ruined her love life in the past.

3. Drishyam

Another masterpiece that was remade into several other regional languages. The story revolves around Georgekutty who has to make several difficult decisions due to an incident that happened to his daughter. The high adrenaline fast-paced thriller keeps you on the edge of the seat until the climax.

4. Mumbai Police

This psychological crime thriller gives us Prithviraj at his best. ACP Antony meets with an accident that causes a partial memory loss. He is re-assigned the case of the murder of Aaryan Jacob which he was working on prior to the accident. In fact just before the accident took place, on a call with his brother in law, he states that he has solved the case. The climax is unpredictable and hence this makes its way to one of the best suspense thrillers.

5. Memories

Sam Alex is a cop who took on alcoholism to cope with the loss of his family who were killed in front of him. Sam's friend and supervisor IG Menon asks him to take on a case regarding disappearances of young married men. Their bodies are later found with knife inscriptions on their bodies. The rest of the movie is about Sam Alex crossing the personal barriers to solve the serial murders and find the killer.

6. Chinthamani Kolacase

This legal drama involves a criminal lawyer help acquit hardcore criminals but takes up vigilantism to bring about justice by killing them later. He is approached by a girl group called Mirchi girls who are accused of killing Chinthamani, their classmate. Our lawyer, Lal Krishna (Suresh Gopi) takes up the case and makes sure that justice is delivered.

7. Nadiya Kollappetta Rathri

8. Vettah

Sharafuddin ( Suresh Gopi) investigates the death of Nadiya onboard a train along with 2 others, a journalist and a dancer. The mystery is solved finally unfolding the twisted events of the night that Nadiya was murdered.

The crime thriller starring Kunchacko Boban(Xylex) and Manju Warrier(Sreebala) starts off with the two IPS officers investigating the death of an actress(Uma). The prime suspect is Melvin who is a classmate of Uma. Later Melvin admits that he committed the murders of Uma and his wife Sherin but he refuses to point to where he hid the bodies. The following events unravel a mysterious conspiracy by Merlin for a totally different motive.

9. Thira

This crime thriller revolves around Dr Rohini(Shobhana) who is the target of a human trafficking gang as she provides shelter to destitute girls and a young man Naveen(Dhyan Sreenivasan) whose sister is kidnapped by the same gang. The two team up and delve into the hideouts of human trafficking gang to rescue the girls who are taken away from Dr Rohini's shelter.

10. Oppam

Jayaraman(Mohanlal) works as a lift operator in an apartment. On a wedding night, he goes to the apartment of Krishnamoorthy, a retired SC judge to find him dead. Born blind, Jayaram has an increased sense of smell and touch which helps him understand the presence of someone else in the room when he finds the body of Krishnamoorthy. The police accuse Jayaram of theft and murder and arrest him. The rest of the story revolves around how Jayaram proves himself innocent and how he finds the real killer.


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