Salil's entry into Malayalam Films started with the film
'Chemmeen' directed by Ramu Kariat. Based on the touching novel of the
same name by the renowned Malayalee writer Thakazhy Shivshankar Pillai,
Chemmeen became a landmark in Malayalam Cinema. It also received the Presidents
Gold Medal in 1965. The wonderful songs of Chemmeen along with the composer
Salil Chowdhury became widely known in Kerala. Salil formed a formidable
team with the Malyalee lyricist Vayalar Rama Varma and the poet O.N.V Kurup and composed
music for over 25 films. I think for Salil admirers it is mandatory to
listen to these songs. I know that it's quite difficult to find records
of all these films, but HMV has fortunately released a 4-pack cassette
and some CDs with most of these songs.
Salil also composed only the background music for three Malayalam films
- Abhayam, Vaasthuhaara and Vellam.