Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham garnered mixed reviews. Some hated the spew of unrealistic, overly done comedy. Others, well, had a great laugh at the smart insertion of all kinds of humour. Nivin Pauly’s latest movie was an escapade into the world of surreal comedy, or commonly known as, absurd humour. So, if you liked Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham, read on.
Absurd humour is the type of comedy genre that overexaggerates circumstances, has illogical reasoning, and over-the-top characters. It makes people laugh because it’s absurd and weird. The element of nonsensical tropes makes movies that fall under this genre one-of-a-kind. So if you giggled a lot watching Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham, it’s probably because you like the foolish factor in surreal comedy.
Here are some movies you may love if you liked Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham. Do note that some of these films do not directly fall under the surreal comedy genre. Rather, they’re like siblings to each other.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The one movie that comes to mind when we think of surreal comedy is Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In simple words, the film is a spoof about the knights and magic of Arthurian times. King Arthur and his troops of knights go on a journey in search of the Holy Grail. As comical as the film is, you won’t believe how close to historically accurate it is. Most of Monty Python’s films fall under the genre of surreal comedy.
Mookilla Rajyathu has a close resemblance to surreal comedy, though not entirely. One thing is for sure, this movie will make you laugh throughout with its absurdity. It’s one of the finest, everlasting comedies Mollywood has produced. It follows the story of four patients – Benny, Venu, Keshu and Krishnankutty – who escape a mental hospital with the hope to meet Amitabh Bachchan.
Some call this a comic masterpiece. The nation of Freedonia is in trouble. One of its wealthiest people Mrs Teasdale (Margaret Dumont) insists that Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) become President. The neighbouring country, Sylvania, senses weakness in Freedonia and sends in their spies, Pinky (Harpo Marx) and Chicolini (Chico Marx). The spies’ main job is to stir up a revolution, leading to war. Duck Soup is a body of work that speaks of the bygone political era and how petty problems cause an avalanche of unwanted problems.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Watch this film for Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro epic duo. Here’s what the story is about. The duo head to Las Vegas with a suitcase filled with psychedelic drugs to attend a motorcycle show. Their journey is driven by the drugs they take. The more they have it, the wackier their adventure gets. BTW, the movie is as honest as it gets and doesn’t paint a flowery picture. Once you watch this masterpiece, you’ll forever remember it. We promise.
Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu
Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu falls under slapstick comedy, which is similar to surreal comedy. The only difference is that, here, you’ll find physical activities exaggerated. Such type of comedy is mostly seen in Charlie Chaplin movies. Anyhoo, Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu is a twisted love story that will tickle your funny bones till the end. An NRI wants to test his fiance’s loyalty. So he pretends to be her driver and the driver pretends to be him. The problem occurs when she falls in love with the actual driver.
Aadu Oru Bheegara Jeevi Aanu
Another Malayalam movie you should watch if you liked Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham is Aadu. As the title suggests, it’s about a goat, a precious goat. A group of tight-knit friends are in search of a goat they bagged for winning a tug-of-war competition. They wish to have the goat for dinner but it goes missing. Things get messy when they search for the goat.
Ted and Ted 2
It can’t get absurd than a teddy bear that can talk and loves to smoke pot and down beer. Do note that this is R-rated so if you can’t handle sexual, drug use or violent content, steer away from this, please.
This list would be incomplete without including Jim Carrey’s iconic movie Mask. Fun fact: The Mask is inspired by Loki, the God of Mischief. It tells the story of an underconfident Stanley who gets hold of an ancient Nordic mask. It turns him into a wild, wild character. It’s a fun movie with memorable comedy moments.
If you’re still interested in movies almost like Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham, you should check out our piece on Quirky AF Malayalam Movies From the 80s and 90s. Also, do add more to the list in the comments below. We’d love to know!