1. Nirakkoottu (1985)
Nirakkoottu is a 1985 film directed by Joshy, written by Dennis Joseph, and starring Mammootty. It was remade in Tamil as Manithanin Marupakkam starting Sivakumar and in Kannada as Sathya Jyothi starring Vishnuvardhan and Sumalatha. The movie was commercially successful. Nirakkoottu ran for 200 days.
2. Yathra (1985)
Yathra is a 1985 film directed by Balu Mahendra, and starring Mammootty and Shobana. It is a remake of the 1982 Telugu film Nireekshana, directed by Balu Mahendra himself, and starring Bhanu Chander and Archana. The film tells a fictional story but built upon the human rights violations by the Police and the prison authorities in India during the nationwide emergency of 1975-1977, when the fundamental rights of the citizens were suspended. The movie is an adaptation of the 1977 Japanese classic “The Yellow Handkerchief”. The film was a commercial success. The film stamped the authority of Mammootty in 1985 crossing 200 days.
3. Aavanazhi (1986)
Aavanazhi is a 1986 action film. Directed by I. V. Sasi, based on the script written by T. Damodaran, Aavanazhi. Mammootty appears in the lead role of Balram, a police inspector. This film deals with social and political issues of that time. The big success of Aavanazhi led to its remake in Tamil as Kadamai Kanniyam Kattupaadu, in Telugu as Marana Sasanam and in Hindi as Satyamev Jayate. I.V. Sasi brought out two sequels — Inspector Balram in 1991 and Balram vs. Taradas in 2006. The film became a big success crossing 200 days.
4. Snehamulla Simham (1986)
Snehamulla Simham is a 1986 film, directed by Sajan. The film stars Mammootty, Nalini, Mukesh and Lalu Alex in lead roles. The film had musical score by Shyam. A successful novel from a popular Malayalam magazine was made as film repeating the success. The movie crossed 200 days.
5. New Delhi (1987)
New Delhi is a 1987 film written by Dennis Joseph and directed by Joshiy and produced by Joy Thomas. It stars Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Sumalatha, Urvashi, B. Thiagarajan, Siddique, Vijayaraghavan, Mohan Jose, Devan, and Jagannatha Varma. The film was the highest grosser of the year, its success resurrected Mammootty’s career in 1987 after having a string of box-office flops in the prior years. The film not only crossed 250 days in Kerala but also became a blockbuster in Tamil Nadu.