I think we’ve had a solid two years now with Malayalam cinema. 2017 gave us ‘Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum’, one of the most wonderful Indian films I’ve ever seen, as well as a couple of praise-worthy releases like ‘Take Off’, ‘Angamaly Diaries’, etc. 2018 has also graced us with some stellar pictures, with ‘Ee Ma Yau’ winning major awards at international film festivals, as well as independent releases like ‘Eeda’ and commercial films like ‘Sudani from Nigeria’ having substance that feels genuine, which isn’t something one finds themselves saying about Malayalam films released in other years from the 21st century. It seems like 2019 is going to be another spectacular year for the industry, perhaps even more than the years that preceded it – I mean, just look at the films that the year has lined up! Here’s the list of most awaited upcoming Malayalam movie releases in 2019.
20. Kollavarsham 1193
‘Kollavarsham 1193’ is based on the devastating Kerala floods of 2018, and the harm it caused to the livelihood of the people, to their properties, to several animals, etc. It is an interesting topic to make a film around, because the entire state got together and helped each other out as one while it happened, which is considered to be a source of inspiration for the entire country. Politics and religion were both forgotten and humanity reigned supreme during the calamity this year. The film is directed by Amar Noushad.
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‘Praana’ is an interesting multilingual release of 2019, with it being hyped following the exceptional feedback its trailer received. It is an experimental film that sidetracks from typical Malayalam cinema, being the first in the industry to incorporate surround sound, and have only one character appear throughout the runtime, played by Nitya Menon. The film is directed by VK Prakash, and it reportedly falls under the horror genre.