Over 150 films have been censored in Mollywood this year, and out of this long list, only 10 per cent managed to profitably mint money at the box-office. Despite losses and profit, the Malayalam film industry produced some fine movies in 2018, and through these films, Mollywood proved that it is one of the most impeccable film fraternities in the nation.
International Business Times, India present you the list of five Malayalam movies which you should not give a miss. Even though these films have already left the theatres, you can buy a DVD and can elevate your home entertainment experience.
'Joseph' directed by M Padmakumar was a sleeper hit at the box-office. The film which was released on November 16, 2018, with less pre-release hype found the top gear at the box-office due to positive word of the mouth publicity. Even though the script and direction of the movie are top-rated, it was the spectacular performance of Joju George as the lead actor which made the movie emerge as an all-time classic in Mollywood.
Joju George, who was mainly seen as hero's sidekick and antagonists in movies underwent a mesmerizing transformation through this flick. The character of a retired police officer was safe in his hands, and many people believe that the actor will win at least 'State Award for Best Actor' for this amazing act.
'Ee.Ma.Yau' directed by Lijo Jose Pellisserry is a real gem of a film. The film is basically a satire, and it portrays the death and funeral of an older man from the Catholic community.
Even though the film received highly positive reviews upon its release, it failed to make any big impacts at the box-office. However, this class flick won the Best Director and Best Actor (Chemban Vinod Jose) awards at the 49th International Film Festival of India.
'Kammara Sambhavam' was released at the wrong time, and Dileep's alleged involvement in the actress abduction case badly impacted its theatrical run. However, the film is one of the best pictures of recent times, and it showed the audiences, how art forms and literary works could reshape the entire history.
It should be also noted that Kammara Sambhavam is one of the most technically brilliant movies ever made in Malayalam. This Ratheesh Ambat directorial is rich in frames, and it is a sheer pleasure to watch the visuals on screen. Murali Gopy's script was also top-rated, but what failed for the movie was the unnecessary pre-release marketing gimmicks adopted by the makers.
The makers of the movie marketed this flick as a commercial mass masala entertainer, but 'Kammara Sambhavam' was actually a class film with an uncompromising cinematic language.
Ranjith Shankar's 'Njan Marykutty' was the first ever Malayalam movie that portrayed transgenders with dignity and respect. Starring Jayasurya in the lead role, this film showcased the journey of a transgender person and the way in which she fulfils her lifelong ambition, that of becoming a police officer.
The film which was released on June 15 was a huge hit at the box-office, and it also played a crucial role in creating awareness among people about transsexuals and the struggles they face in lives.
'Njan Prakashan', the film directed by Sathyan Anthikad and penned by Sreenivasan is running successfully in the theatres. The film is not a classic, but it is that kind of movie which every contemporary Keralite can connect with their own lives.
With simple humour moments and light-hearted storytelling, this Fahadh Faasil movie offers a breezy experience for audiences. Through this movie, Sreenivasan once again loudly proclaimed that he is a master writer in Mollywood who can deliver amazing films with his unique storytelling style.