Director: Shaji Kailas
The plot of a common man ending up taking the mantle of a major political position was made popular through Director Shankar's Mudhalvan. But this 1993 political thriller directed by Shaji Kailas and written by Renji Panicker can be seen as one of the first to foray into the 'political fantasy' genre. The film broke the odds, from casting Jagadish as the lead back when he was primarily the comic sidekick to catering to a bold theme for its time. The plot revolves around Gopalakrishnan (Jagadish) who due to a certain turn of events takes up the position of Home minister. What follows is a gripping political drama that addressed issues such as political factions and communal violence.
2) Patram (1999)
Though not a political drama, Patram showcases the role of media houses in the political scenario. From hard-hitting dialogues written by Renji Paniker to an award-winning performance by actress Manju Warrier, Patram was a blockbuster during its release. The film also had its fair share of controversies when leading dailies ended up boycotting the film. Starring Suresh Gopi, Murali, Biju Menon, and an ensemble cast of supporting actors. Patram was helmed by director Joshy with cinematography by Sanjeev Sankar.
3) Lal Salaam (1990)
A political drama from acclaimed director Venu Nagavalli has an omnipotent presence in the list of political films. Starring Mohanlal, Murali, and Geetha as principle leads. The film takes inspiration from the true lives of prominent political leaders from the Communist Party of India. The character Stephen Nettooran essayed by Mohanlal remains one of his iconic roles. The film showcases the evolution of the communist uprising in Kerala through the lives of its three main characters.
4) Sandhesam (1991)
A film that disrupted the genre of political drama with its crude and visceral style of filmmaking alongside the eerie musical score by Basil Joseph. The story revolves around five middle-aged men taking a vacation for a booze party during an election holiday, and what follows is a gripping thriller that builds up to a startling end. Directed by the critically acclaimed Sanal Kumar Sasidharan with the story by Unni. R, Ozhivudivasathe Kali went on to win Kerala State Film Award for best film.
Special Mentions include
Left Right Left, Oru Mexican Aparatha, Adimakal Udamakal, Lucifer, Vellimoonga, Sakhavu, Lion, Vellanakalude Nadu, Varavelpu.