10 Best Malayalam Movies of 2016

2016 witnessed revolutionary progress in the ever classic Malayalam film industry. Coming up with a dozen trailblazers yet again, the industry welcomed new cinematic narratives and also introduced remarkable talents in various fields of film making. 2016 in fact was the much awaited renaissance for the resplendent industry well known for its classic narratives and cavern full of brilliant performers. Here is the list of top 10 Malayalam movies of 2016 that prove why it is considered as one of the finest in the country.


10. Kattappanayile Hrithik Roshan

2016 had its unique take on humor with this one. Falling into the ever familiar ‘out right funny’ genre, the film helps ease the Malayalee nerves with a touch of ‘Dileep’ flavored humor. The film explores a friendship chord between an aspiring actor who runs on low self-esteem and his riksha driver friend who fuels enough motivation into his friend in spite of unfavorable circumstances. Sailing out to basic plot needs involving love, rejection and life struggles, the film gracefully carries a humor packed narrative sneaking up with funny cultural references and self depreciative jokes. Watch it over the weekend, probably on a Friday when you know you need to have some well deserved fun time.


9. Kali

The literal film version of ‘rage’. It enthralls the audience with agitating moments and crawls under our skins serving justice to the well thought out title ‘Kali’ which literally means ‘Rage’. More than exploring how unleashing anger shafts at people can affect someone’s life and relationships, the director crafts a deceptive plot that brings about unfathomable rage into each of the viewer’s minds as he introduces and carefully plans characters merely existing to suck out the anger monsters in each one of us. It cannot be recommended for people looking for an hour of a smooth, simple narrative ride, because it offers a bumpy one that is worth going through as it resolves into giving us a sense of triumph in the iconic last scene. Good luck getting there though!!


8. Paavaada

An unconventional plot which paved way for Prithviraj to portray the ever besotted ‘Joy’ on screen. His chemistry with alcohol clicks in seconds as the narrative takes us through a journey of solitude, love and stabbing memories. The second half of the social drama is highly commendable as it unfolds how families are shattered when the darker side of the society takes advantage of the insecure ones. Prithviraj plays a careless drunk who has no love for responsibilities but has sold his soul to anything that remotely gives off the stench of alcohol. But underneath his anti-social personality lies a dark and brooding soul who wholeheartedly loves his mother. Paavada strikes an emotional chord and does it with such elegance that it shifts a gear up for the unattended women who still survive in and around our surroundings.


7. Anuraga Karikkin Vellam

This film has raised a lot of eyebrows since it follows a pattern of story telling that perplexes the viewer for quiet sometime before culminating into a state that makes complete sense. The characters and situations might seem shallow in the beginning only to gain depth as we tread along an ordinary household where events unfold contrary to the expected pattern. The unconventional narrative thrives on Biju Menon – Asif Ali combo and to flare it up we have the young firebrand girlfriend role by Rejisha Vijayan making the movie into a carnival of emotional turmoil. The ‘new – gen’ cellphone romantics will easily find the flick drilling into their thought streams and might even help find redemption after relationships takes unpredictable nose dives. It is a fun watch and opens up new doors for experimental film makers looking to create something new.


6. Jacobinte Swargarajyam

Nivin Pauly, the apostle of family dramas hit the screens with this ‘gem’ of a film. Broadly covering a smooth running family’s unexpected tumble into a financial crisis leads the Pauly from a sheltered son to don the role of a desperate son trying to win back his father from the clutches of financial instabilities. As the family sets foot into precarious circumstances, the film explores a Malayalee household transforming into brave little souls as the society casts judgmental shafts of discouragements. With Vineeth Sreenivasan helming the director’s role, the film molds into a powerful drama that instigates vast waves of confidence amongst children who are skeptical of their capabilities and yet to set out in their journeys to carry the family ahead. To summaries the film clearly states that capability exhibits itself at the hour of a crisis and that precisely makes this drama a much required jolt of inspiration.

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