Mollywood aka Malayalam movie industry is a small but content rich movie industry. For decades, it has churned out some of the best movies India has ever seen. Many of which are also being remade in other languages too. What differentiates this industry from other others is the fact is it has got a very intelligent set of audiences who cant be impressed either by blowing up Scorpios ( yes that’s a Rohit Shetty reference ) or by item dances. They don’t hit the theaters just to see their superstars six pack body, (most of them don’t have any even though they have unmatched acting skills, just check out some of the movies of Mohanlal and Mammotty. Those guys are born to put a dent in the universe ), or heroines beauty. the audience is here for the love of cinema itself. So that makes a really tough job for the filmmakers and writers to come up with fresh contents and filming styles to keep up with them. Even a mediocre but sparingly well-made movie fails to gather an audience.
So let me introduced to you some of the most recent movies from past 5 years that had impressed the audience with their sheer quality.
10.Traffic ( 2011)
In an era where filmmakers and actors stick to safe and proven formulas for their success, Rajesh Pillai’s ” TRAFFIC” was an experiment, and it was a successful one. Traffic narrated a well-crafted story by binding several story-lines, with some top notch editing. The director”s realistic approach to the subject and its ensemble cast made it into one of the best movies of 2011. but the real heroes of the movie were its script writers BOBBY AND SANJAY. They wrote an intricate but nail biting screen story.
Genre: thriller, drama
If you want to see one of the greatest actors of India, in his very best form then you better watch this one. Munnariyippu (warning) as the title suggests is one of the most bizarre psychological thrillers ever made in Malayalam. It narrates the story of C.K Raghavan, a prisoner with vaguely different views about the world. This movie is by far one of the most well-crafted, meticulously written movies which will creep you out when you reach its climax. this one is not for the faint-hearted film goers. There is some serious stuff happening here ..I mean some really serious stuff !!
8.Amen ( 2013)
Genre: comedy, romance
Its very hard to make someone laugh, but if you do watch this one you will die laughing. Amen is a very odd and ridiculously funny film which is made out from the same molds of Charlie Chaplin movies. Set in a vintage era and driven by some of the inane characters, Amen narrates a simple story of two lovers whose fate is being decided by the outcome of a music band competition. What ticks the movie is its ability to come up with comic scenes at the most unexpected situations. Amen is also one of the visually stunning movies of recent times. watch this one for the laughs!!
7.Mumbai Police (2013)
Have you ever seen a suspense thriller that challenges you to guess the antagonist ?? Mumbai Police is one of those movies that surely will blow you away with its one dynamite of a climax which will make your jaw drop. The story leads us through the life of ACP Antony Mosses, an officer who is investigating his colleagues murder case. b=But the real kick starts when Mosses reaches the climax of his investigation. Prithviraj who masterfully plays the role of the ACP Mosses is the real deal of the movie. His performance really gets under the skin of the audience. Watch this and start guessing the antagonist. This movie will outsmart you in every way !!
6.Ee Adutha Kaalathu (2012)
Genre: comedy, drama
Ee adutha kaalathu( in recent times) is a novel approach to tie in various elements that floated around the society during recent times. It captures very different lives of various residents living in one city. Movie skims cliches, offers new and a genuine perspective to the audience. Soulfully made with some great actors, this movie is a must watch for all movie buffs.
5.Ayalum Njanum Thammil (2012)
Lal Jose is a very seasoned director who has a very keen eye for his scripts. He knows what are its flaws, and what are its weakness & where he banks are his skilled narration of the story. so when he gets a finely tuned script he really compresses it to make it into a diamond of a movie, and ayalum njanum thammil is a fine example of that. The movie tells the story of Dr. Ravi Tharagan, his past and present day situations and the crisis that make him a better person. It’s a feel good film, with an emotional drive that connects with the audience well.
4. Ustad Hotel (2012)
Genre: drama, comedy
A mouth watering piece of movie that tells a story of bonding between a grandfather and his grandson, who are both passionate about food. Ustad Hotel was one of the best movies of 2012 which captured the very essence of storytelling through some great performances from star child Dulquar Salman and veteran actor Thillagan. written by Anjali Menon and directed by Anwar Rasheed, this movie took Malayalam cinema to new heights and turned out to be one of the highest grosser’s of the industry. Must watch for all foodies out there!
3.Bangalore Days (2014)
Another Anjali Menon, Anwar Rasheed combination that created magic in the box office. Bangalore days was a fun ride with an ensemble cast of many young actors like Nivin Pauly, Dulquar Salman, Fahad Fasil to mention a few. The movie captured the joyful life of a bunch of cousins during their stay at Bangalore. It also made a statement that our young generation is very matured in their own ways. Watch this one for the city!
Genre: comedy, romance
Ever seen a movie and felt immensely connected with its content? Ever had a feeling while watching a movie when we suddenly feel “oh man ..that”s me ..it’s my story ??”. PREMAM (love) is one of that movie which we all could relate to. Written and directed by Alphonse Puthren, this movie surfed on a strong technical platform, be it be music, cinematography, editing, sound or design. Everything was ultra perfect and the story was universal.
This movie is entertainment par excellence!
Genre: drama, thriller
When Drishyam’s first look and teasers were released, we audience believed that it was just another family drama. even the director and the actors said Drishyam is just a family film. When the industry was cluttered and fed up with a bunch of family dramas releasing every week, this movie was also judged by the audience prior to release as a family drama. They thought their beliefs were true when they saw the first half of the movie too. But things got a bit interesting after that, well things got a lot interesting after that… the second half of the movie blew the audience away with its smart narrative and cut throat execution. Drishyam took its audience for a roller coaster ride, and the climax was HITCHCOCK”IAN. Never in a million years, would the audience be surprised by the shear cleverness of the movie. What worked was the fact that director JEETHU JOSEPH along with MOHANLAL laced a family soap with a high-concept idea that could somewhat meet the standards of David Fincher Films.
The audience were left spellbound when they came out of theaters, went for re- watch’s with their families.
Thrillers never get better than this …!