2016 has been a productive year for Malayalam Cinema. One of the small industries of India, Mollywood realized its potential by the 150 crores grossed Pulimurugan. The industry also witnessed many debut directors who came up some extraordinary movies which reshaped the narrative and political significance of Malayalam Cinema. The Mollywood also had seen the success of so-called popular entertainment movies too. Here we go with my selection of top 10 Malayalam movies released in 2016.
Directed by Dileesh Pothan
With Fahadh Faasil, Aparna Balamurali, Soubin Shahir, Alencier Ley Lopez
The debut venture of the director which showcased the beauty of realistic essence of Kerala culture.
Mahesh, a studio photographer and studio owner gets into a fight and loses. He ends up taking revenge which leads to certain realizations in his life.
Directed by Rajeev Ravi
With Dulquer Salmaan, Vinayakan, Shaun Romy, Anil Nedumangad
The 3rd classic work from the master director Rajeev Ravi which canvassed the story of evolution of Kochi during decades in the shade of violence and real estate mafias.
Krishnan, a 42 year old man returns to his hometown Kammattipaadam on the call of his childhood friend Ganga.
**17 June 2016
Directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
With Arun, Pradeep Kumar, Girish Nair, Arun Nayar**
one of the political satire drama ever released in Malayalam.
Five friends get together on a general election holiday for a booze party. As they started to booze, their inner characters started to come out. The fun mood dramatically changes.The game they involve slowly evolve into the game of politics.
11 November 2016
Directed by Manu
With Jason Chacko, Indrans, Vava Kottarakara, Alencier Ley Lopez
Keshu, a wayward but loving teenager, and his father come to their ancestral home in Munroe Island where the Grandfather lives with Kathu, the maid. Father wants to take Keshu for proper psychological treatment. But Grandfather, who is convinced that his son is fundamentally wrong, doesn't support the idea. Despite serious warnings, he strongly wants his grandson to stay back in the island and ...
Directed by Jayaprakash Radhakrishnan
With Jayaprakash Radhakrishnan
29 July 2016
Directed by Shanavas K. Bavakutty
With Shane Nigaam, Sruthi Menon, Vinay Forrt, Alencier Ley Lopez
The friendship between B.Tech student Irfan and research student Anitha and the lives around them form the plot of the film. Various incidents that take place in one day are narrated in the movie.
7 July 2016
Directed by Khalid Rahman
With Biju Menon, Asif Ali, Rajisha Vijayan, Asha Sharath
The equation of Raghu and his son Abhi passes through various stages, and Raghu his son making the mistakes he did once. With a bit of help from someone new in their lives, the family passes through a turf of transformation.
8 September 2016
Directed by Priyadarshan
With Mohanlal, Samuthirakani, Anusree, Vimala Raman
A blind man tries to protect a girl from a psycho killer.
5 August 2016
Directed by Johnpaul George
With Chethan Jayalal, Tovino Thomas, Sreenivasan, Rohini
The story of a 12 year old boy who sells guppy fish for a living in his colorful beach side colony. When an engineer is summoned to construct a bridge, the contrasting characters cause great tension and turmoil.
4 February 2016
Directed by Abrid Shine
With Nivin Pauly, Anu Emmanuel, Devi Ajith, Baby
The life of an honest and determined police officer Biju and the various criminals he puts behind bars.