From a great deal of good film-making, here’s our pick of 10 films that we think made the mark- a mark of entertainment, emotion and adventure.
Time flies in 365 days and it has been an eventful year, 2017. Giving us a luscious visual treat of some good cinemas-some good stories and a bunch of memorable characters to hold on to this year is folding up. From a great deal of good film-making, here’s our pick of 10 films that we think made the mark- a mark of entertainment, emotion and adventure.
This survivors’ story of a culprit and his victim entwined in the legal system tests your loyalties as the story unfolds. Dileesh Pothen, in his second outing after Maheshinte Prathikaaram, strikes gold with a brilliant story executed all the more brilliantly, giving reason to his fans vounching on ‘Pothettan’s brilliance’. This Fahad Faasil, Suraj Venjaramoodu and Nimisha Sajayan starrer weaves in sardonic reality with ample humor to keep the viewers engaged. Deservingly the film bagged awards at the State and National awards.
Take Off is the film that earned Parvathy the Best Actress award at the IFFI, creating history as the first ever actor from the Malayalam industry to win the coveted award. Take Off is based on a real-life rescue of 46 Indian nurses who were stranded in Tikrit, Iraq, during the country’s civil war in 2014. In this film by editor-turned-filmmaker Mahesh Narayanan, Parvathy plays Sameera, a 31-year old nurse while Kunchacko Boban plays Shahid, her husband who is captured by IS and Fahad Faasil, plays the shrewd and smart Indian ambassador Manoj who aides the nurses’ rescue. The production design of the film was at par to Bollywood standards with much higer budget. This in itself is a huge feat for a Malayalam cinema. However, this story with its well fleshed out character strikes an emotional chord with the viewers making it a spectacular cinematic experience.
After a gap of 14 years Minnaminuge fetched Malayalam yet another National award for the Best Actress through Surabhi Lakshmi. Directed by Anil Thomas and written by Manoj Ram Singh, Minnaminunge is about the struggles of a nameless middle-aged mother. Surabhi Lakshmi who plays the protagonist handled the Trivandrum-slang speaking character with much ease gaining critical acclaim.
A rustic tale of six young gangsters in Angamaly and how they test their luck in pork business is the story of Angalamy Diaries, the most successful underdog of the year. With this experiment Lijo Jose Pellisery introduced 86 promising actors, pulling off a miracle success without the aide of any known big names.
Godha is the story of how fate coincide the destiny of three people, a frustrated ageing wrestler trying to leave a legacy, about his son trying to find a purpose in life and a girl in love with wrestling struggling to live her dream. While the central story took a backseat, a clean comedy of hearty and uninterrupted laughter can never be ignored. Directed by Basil Joseph, this Tovino Thomas, Wamiqa Gabbi, Renji Panikkar starrer had the families audiences celebrate the fim in the theatres.
Ramante Edan thottam
Starring Kunchacko Boban, Anu Sithara and Joju George, Ramante Edan thottam is about a languid, indignant homemaker, Malini, emerging as a confident woman who sets herself free. Ranjith Shankar, known for injecting social messages in his films, moves into relationship drama territory in Ramante Eden Thottam with a new-found comfort in that space. Anu Sithara as Malini is poise and graceful while Kunchacko Boban is charming in his usual stride. The film has some stunning visuals and offers some beautiful scenes.
A simple, yet motivating feel-good cinema about a mother-daughter duo, Udaharanam Sujatha celebrated motherhood and ambition in a light vein. The film is about an ambitious and hard-working Sujatha, a daily wage laborer, who decides to encourage her daughter by furthering her own education along with her lazy and ambition-less daughter, Athira. Directed by debutant Phantom Praveen, Udaharanam Sujatha is the remake of the Tamil film Amma Kanakku inspired by the Hindi film Nil Battey Sannata. Though the cinema had a tone-deaf climax, Manju Warrier ups her ante playing the the harried, impoverished yet ambitious parent.
Directed by Arun Kumar Aravind, Kaattu is written by Ananthapadmanabhan Padmarajan, based on his father P Padmarajan’s short story characters. The film gave us Asif Ali’s and Murali Gopy’s career best performances thus far.Kaattu is a period film stretched over two landscapes of a time long forgotten. It simply proves that even in 2017 Padmarajan’s characters are never too old for the screen.
Njandukalude naattil oridavela
Noted as Shantikrishna’s brilliant comeback to the Malayalam film industry, this Nivin Pauly starrer is a light-hearted comedy and a feel-good family drama. Sheela Chacko, the backbone of the family, is diagnosed with early stage cancer. The story is about how her loving but dysfunctional family deals with her illness. Shantikrishna plays the bold and pragmatic Sheela Chacko to perfection while Nivin Pauly puts aside his stardom as the script demands so.
Directed by Aashiq Abu and written by Syam Pushkaran and Dileesh Nair based on a story by Amal Neerad, Mayaanadhi has Tovino Thomas and Aishwarya Lekshmi in the lead. With some of the finest names in the credits Mayaanadhi was indeed one of the most anticipated movies of the year. However, even midst some mindless controversies Mayaanadhi has triumphed, thanks to some very good film-making. Mathan, Appu and their love-story will, without doubt, haunt viewers for time to come.