Psychiatric Disorders in Malayalam Cinema

  • Badr Ratnakaran Holy Cross Hospital and Mental Health Center, Koovappally, Kottayam.
  • Sethulakshmi Sreevalsam Anil Affiliation where work was done: Holy Cross Hospital and Mental Health Centre, Koovappally, Kottayam, Pin-686518, Current Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
  • Subin Thomas Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Sherin Daniel Ampanattu Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, George, United States of America

Abstract

Malayalam is the language spoken by people of Kerala, a south-western state in India. Cinema is an important form of entertainment in Kerala, and multiple films with themes related to mental illness have been produced in Malayalam. This review looks into the depiction of mental disorders in Malayalam cinema, and lists and analyses films which describe organic mental disorders, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders and personality disorders. We conclude that Malayalam cinema is a rich source of films portraying psychiatric disorders, and can be used as a resource to teach psychiatry to medical students. However, one should be beware of many inaccurate and misleading portrayals of mental disorders in Malayalam movies. 

Author Biographies

Badr Ratnakaran, Holy Cross Hospital and Mental Health Center, Koovappally, Kottayam.
Consultant Psychiatrist
Sethulakshmi Sreevalsam Anil, Affiliation where work was done: Holy Cross Hospital and Mental Health Centre, Koovappally, Kottayam, Pin-686518, Current Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Position where work was done: Medical Officer, Holy Cross Hospital and Mental Health Centre, Koovappally, Kottayam, Pin-686518,

Current Position: Junior resident, Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Subin Thomas, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Associate Specialist in General Adult Psychiatry
Sherin Daniel Ampanattu, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, George, United States of America
PGY-3 resident, Department of Internal Medicine

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Published
2015-12-08
How to Cite
Ratnakaran, B., Anil, S., Thomas, S., & Ampanattu, S. (2015). Psychiatric Disorders in Malayalam Cinema. Kerala Journal of Psychiatry, 28(2), 195 -. https://doi.org/10.30834/KJP.28.2.2015.52
Section
Psychiatry in Kerala

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