In a year where the fortunes fluctuated more than the sensex, here is a list of films from Malayalam that came out this year and the ones which you should never miss.
Adaminte Makan Abu: Director Salim Ahmed’s maiden venture literally swept every major award and got entry to many prestigious film festivals. The official entry to this year’s Oscars had Salim Kumar in full form, as an old man yearning to go for the holy Hajj.
Traffic: Director Rajesh Pillai interconnected four lives in a beautiful way. The film will now be made in various languages and the director hopes to come out with the Bollywood version very soon.
Urumi: The script may lack the depth and it is a far from being a perfect film. But rarely does Malayalam showcase a period saga with such a mesmerizing style. Ace cinematographer Santhosh Sivan directed this one, with Prithviraj, Prabhudeva, Genelia D’ Souza, Vidya Balan, Tabu and Arya in its cast.
Salt ‘N’ Pepper: Two beautiful romances with food as the backdrop. Director Aashiq Abu’s film was welcomed by the viewers like a yummy looking dish. And Baburaj got acceptance as a comedian, after playing the baddie for nearly two decades.
Melvilasam: Not many had imagined that a film which discussed a court martial and happening inside a single room could be so fantastically be shown on screen, until director Madhav Ramadasan made this thrilling movie.
Indian Rupee: Writer-director Ranjith is one genius among the veterans in the industry who never really falters. Indian Rupee gave a fresh lease of life for Prithviraj, who seemed to be there on everyone’s hate list and also paved the way for Thilakan’s comeback with a superb role.
Beautiful: Forget that this film was inspired. Directed by V K Prakash and scripted by Anoop Menon it was genuinely engaging. It was bold and dared to say many things that most would fear to admit on record.