Content is the new cool: Why Malayalam movies deserve your attention right now!
Gone are those times where the hero singlehandedly takes down the goons in a ridiculous action sequence that defies the laws of Physics followed by a duet song because, why not! A greater chunk of audience no more cheers for a hero who lights up his cigarette with a fired bullet and then walks away as if its just another day in his life. Audiences are now craving for more realistic films which is why Malayalam films have gained traction in recent times. Malayalam cinema is now international and undoubtedly the best mainstream film industry producing movie marvels with excellent storytelling. Kerala has a high literacy rate which has resulted in a talent pool of excellent writers and artists who have successfully tapped into the minds of the audience. New age Mollywood actors like Fahaadh Faasil, Navin Pauly, Dulquer Salman, Prithviraj Sukumaran, etc have expanded the scope of Malayalam films further by delivering stellar performances. For movie buffs who are tired of remake culture & distasteful humor in commercial hits of Bollywood can now turn to Mollywood movies which focus on realism and pragmatism. Malayalam movies stand for a diverse array of stories, subjects, and relatable situations without being too preachy, rather taking the light-hearted approach. Here is a list of 5 must-watch Malayalam films of 2020 we think you shouldn’t miss:
If a commercial film & contemporary socio-political story had a baby, it would be Ayyappanum Koshiyum. This movie explores an ego battle between Koshy, a retired havildar and SI Ayyappan Nair. The film explores toxic masculinity and machoism which lead to unraveling a crude reality. The beauty of the storytelling of this movie is that it touches on all shades of grey while retaining its mainstream essence. This movie will make it hard for you to take a side and will keep you on the edge of your seat as the two men lock horns leading to unpredictable turn of events
A motor vehicle inspector is a diehard fan of an actor. One fine day, the actor visits the RTO for driving license. A simple circumstance spirals into a media circus, political implications and whatnot that result in an interesting premise. The movie is layered with human emotions and intelligent humor which makes it a joy ride for movie buffs. The plot has an incredible momentum with actors, Prithviraj and Suraj Venjaramoodu brilliantly portraying their roles.
Have you ever watched a romance drama that’s also a thriller? This movie is just that. Romance sparks over a wrong call made between Jessy who stays in Wayanad, and an autorickshaw driver Vishnu from Kozhikode. The plot takes a surprising turn when a third character Roy enters the scene. What follows is an engaging drama created with a beautiful characterization of roles by the director, Muhammed Musthafa
In the cynical times we live in, all we need sometimes are feel-good movies. Varane Avashyamund is a comedy-drama that revolves around four lead characters played by Suresh Gopi, Shobhana, Dulquer Salmaan and Kalyani Priyadarshan, who stay in an apartment complex. The movie explores relationships of all shapes and sizes. Often such movies tend to take a melodramatic turn in the second half, but this movie is packed with emotions and humour in the right doses. If you are looking for a light-hearted watch, this delightful movie is for you.
A full-throttle crime-thriller made by a man known for comedy franchise Aadu. This movie is one of the top-grossing Malayalam movies worldwide with a plot that captures a case of a serial killer. The movie brilliantly showcases the limitations of police forces in India. However, the clever storytelling is at the display when the film sets the mood in a deeply disturbing premise but manages to evoke empathy when a backstory is revealed in the second half.
Cinematic brilliance of Malayalam films is unparalleled and has been proven with movies like Virus, Kumbalangi Nights, Android Kunjappan Version 5.25, Praana, etc. released last year. Mollywood is re-writing the history of Indian cinema with excellent storylines, genres unexplored by other film industries, superb cinematography, and compelling performances. The world is already raving about Malayalam films and it’s time you should too!