Malayalam cinema refers to films made in the South Indian state Kerala, where the official language is Malayalam. Malayalam films are recognized for their relevant subjects and realistc portrayal. Parallel films or art films made in malayalam have made significant contribution towards the international recoginition of Indian cinema.
Malayalam films are usually made at much lesser budgets compared to other film industries in India. But despite the budget contraints, Malayalam cinema has pioneered various technical, thematic and production techniques including India's first historical drama film (Marthanda Varma in 1933), India's first neorealistic film (Newspaper Boy in 1955), India's first indigenously produced 70 mm film (Padayottam in 1982) and India's first 3D film (My Dear Kuttichathan in 1984).