Malayalam cinema has always been known for its realistic and socially relevant films. The year 2016 was no different, with some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films being released in this language. From intense dramas to heartwarming comedies, Malayalam cinema had it all in 2016.
So sit back, relax, and let’s take a journey through the world of Top Malayalam Films in 2016.
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Best Malayalam Films 2016
Undoubtedly Guppy is the best film of this year so far and, unfortunately did not get the deserving accolades from the box office. The movie revolves around a boy named Guppy and the issues he caused to the engineer Tejas Varkey on his visit to their village to build a railway overbridge. As an audience, you may go through different emotions while watching the movie, and the director succeeded in portraying a simple story with great craft. Soothing music and a strong story contributed to making such a fantastic movie. All the characters are portrayed by respective artists very well. Especially the performance of Chethan Jayalal and Tovino Thomas stands out in this movie. You won’t be surprised if Chetan gets a State award next year for his performance in this film. Sadly, the movie did not get deserving accolades from the Kerala Box office.
#2. Jacobinte Swargarajyam
Jacobinte Swargarajyam was an excellent family-oriented movie made by Vineeth Sreenivasan. It is not very easy to portray a real-life story in a film, but Vineeth has done justice, and of course, his efforts were not in vain, as the film was a super hit. A period of 5-6 years he happened to be a hectic time in the life of Jacob Zackaria, his wife Sherly, and their children Gregory, Basil, Merlin, and Chris. Their life had an inspiring story, inspiring Vineeth to make it a movie. Renji Panicker, Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, Nivin Pauly, Sreenath Bhasi, Aima Sebastian, and Stacen played the family of Jacob in the film.
Mohanlal – Priyadarshan is back with a blockbuster this year. The film has impressed many and broken many box office records. It tells the story of a blind man and his adventures to save a kid’s life. Mohanlal plays the character of a blind man, Jayaraman, who has special skills even though he is blind. The director has succeeded in keeping the audience engaged throughout the movie. Apart from Mohanlal, the performances of Samuthirakani, Anusree, Mamukkoya, and Chemban Vinod were praiseworthy.
#4. Maheshinte Prathikaram
Maheshinte Prathikaram was made based on an actual incident in the life of Kuriyachira Purushan (popularly known as Thampan Purushan). Purushan was publicly beaten up and insulted. He only vowed to wear his slippers after avenging the man who humiliated him. But he had to wait three years to take revenge, as that man had gone to Dubai for a job. Purushan was a neighbor of Syam Pushkaran(the movie’s screenwriter). The film paid tribute to Purushan, who died in December 2015 while the film was in post-production. Fahadh Fasil played the title role of Mahesh (Purushu), and it was a remarkable comeback for him after a long time. They had to add some artificial fiction and romance to make the movie more entertaining.
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Rajeev Ravi directed the action thriller Kammattipaadam has won accolades from film critics and audiences. This intense movie told the story of the ten place of Kammatipadam and the lives of the people who li. The film unearthed the unadulterated beauty of black skin by portraying the lives of Dalits. Lead actors Dulquer Salman, Vinayakan, and Manikandan Achari delivered memorable performances in this film.
#6. Action Hero Biju
Nivin Pauly’s character, sub-inspector Biju Paulose in Action Hero Biju, was very much appreciated. Nivin had made so much effort to know more about the innate nature of a police officer in and out of a police station. The movie had good social messages, which made many of us really feel proud of our police department and also made us think about how complicated the job and life of a police officer is.
Kismat is a love story featuring Sruthi Menon and Shane Nigam in lead roles. The story revolves around the friendship and love of a 28-year-old girl and a 23-year-old boy from different religions and the societal problems they face. The movie is based on a real-life story of a Ponnani couple, Irfan and Anita. Irfan belongs to a Muslim community, and Anita is a Dalit (lower caste) Hindu girl. The real story was visualized and known by the director of Kismath, Shanavas K Bavakutty, a politician and Municipal Councilor of Ponnani. At the end of the tragic love story, he says Irfan is no more, and Anita lives with her mother now.
#8. Anuraga Karikkin Vellam
Anuraga Karikkin Vellam is a family entertainer starring Biju Menon, Asha Sarath, Asif Ali, Rejisha Vijayan, and Sudheer Karamana in lead roles. The movie narrates the story of a typical Malayali family and its happenings. Debutant director Khalid Rahman directs Anuraga Karikkin Vellam. The film depicted a good family and love story in an accepted approach.
#9. Puthiya Niyamam
Puthiya Niyamam was a thriller that narrated the life of Advocate Louis Pothen and his wife, Vasuki Iyer. Vasuki gets gang raped by her neighbors. She hides it from her husband as she does not have the mettle to tell him. She takes help from DCP Jeena to take revenge against the rapists. She finishes off one by one and finally gives word to DCP that she will never show any acquaintance. But the suspense was that her husband mocked the sound of DCP and guided Vasuki to kill them. Nayanthara and Mammotty played lead roles as Vasuki and Louis Pothen. Sheelu Abraham played the role of DCP Jeena.
2016 was a remarkable year for Malayalam cinema. The films that were released showcased the immense talent of filmmakers and actors in the industry. From social dramas to family comedies, there was something for everyone. The list of Top Malayalam Films of 2016 will always be subjective, but these movies stood out with their unique storytelling, memorable characters, and exceptional performances. These films reflect not only the society we live in but also a testament to the power of cinema as an art form. We hope this list encourages you to explore more Malayalam films and appreciate the magic they bring to our screens.