Entertainment as an industry gives importance to stardom and money, so many good movies go unnoticed for being made on a low budget without any superstars.
The year 2015 was no different, as many good Malayalam movies were underrated and just fell under the award category without being released on big screens.
Despite acting by Kunchacko Boban, Dr Biju's directorial venture "Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal" didn't have much impact on the Kerala audience other than receiving accolades in several film festivals. Even though it was released on 4 December, due to lack of marketing and fewer number of screens, the film could not make a mark at the Kerala box office. The film, which narrates the real-life story of Endosulfan victims in the Kasargod district of Kerala, is said to be one of the best movies released this year.
VK Prakash and script-writers Bobby-Sanjay joined hands for "Nirnnayakam" with Asif Ali, Nedumudi Venu, Prem Prakash in the lead. Despite having a popular crew and cast, the film wasn't released in many theatres. However, for discussing one of the major social issues of these days, the film was accepted well by critics.
Popular comedian Suraj Venjarammoodu won the national award for best actor for his role in Dr Biju's film "Perariyathavar" in 2013. However, the film went unnoticed after it was released in 2015, mainly as it was made on a low budget. The film revolves around the problems faced by a father and son who work as scavengers.
Director Jayaraj's environment-preservation film "Ottal", starring Ashanth K Sha, Kumarakom Vasudevan and Shine Tom Chacko, received many prestigious awards including the National Award for best film on environmental conservation and the Kerala state film award for best film, but went unnoticed in theatres.
"Homely Meals"-fame Vipin Atley's debut directorial venture "Ben" was tagged a must-watch movie by critics. The film revolves around the story of a 10-year-old boy named Ben, played by Gaurav Menon, and shows how adults address major issues of our society related to children. It couldn't make a mark at the Kerala box office.
Actor-director Sidharth Siva's National film award-winning movie "Ain" starred Musthafa and Rachana Narayanakutty. As many theatres failed to screen the film, it couldn't find a wider audience. The film tells the story of a lazy but vulnerable Muslim young man who witnesses a murder by accident. How he saves himself from the many problems that follow forms the crux of the film.
Jayasurya, who is known for taking up challenging roles, had once revealed that "Kumbasaram" was one of the touching movies he had done. However, the movie, written and directed by Aneesh Anwar, was not a box office hit in Kerala. "Kumbasaram" tells the the story of a couple, played by Jayasurya and Honey Rose, fighting for their son's life.