Here is the list of 5 film makers in Malayalam who got us super-excited last year, with their cinematic accomplishments. Clearly headed for much bigger things, these film makers are a mixed lot – established craftsmen to novices that hold a bundle of flair within. These aren’t strict rankings of course and neither are these film makers to be viewed in a chronological order of diminishing importance. Rather, this is a comprehensive roll of five directors who shone plenty of their talents around and had us all impressed in 2018.
2018 is just round the corner, and looking back, here is a carefully picked out bunch of films that made a resounding impression during the former cinematic year. Picking the top five favourites from an expansive lot is quite a daunting task without doubt, and there are bound to be a few misses whichever way you look at it. And yet, here is the year-end list – the A-List of Five Spectacular Malayalam Films of 2018 – that comprises of five cinematic gems, not in any particular order, that made it to the screen in 2018.
Here is a look at some of the out-of-the-world performances from male actors, that we got to see in Malayalam in the course of the past year. Needless to add, some of these acts will be discussed and remembered for years to come.
Malayalam Cinema saw some spectacular performances from its women actors in 2018, and what is surprising is that at least three actors who had made it to the list last year, have ensured a place for themselves on the roll this year as well. Here goes.
Thattumpurath Achuthan’ looks way out of place and period as the planet gets all ready to spin its way into 2019, and leaves you unfulfilled and peculiarly droopy.
‘Ente Ummante Peru’ strikes you as a missed opportunity, with a handful of awesome performers lending their very best to a tale that does little justice to them. Despite all its earnestness it fails to connect with the viewers, and comes across as a detached, overwrought cinematic piece.
The jumps and bumps that are expected in a film that falls into this genre are far from sight in ‘Pretham 2’. A jaded horror thriller with none of the fiery thrills, Ranjith Shankar’s ‘Pretham 2’ talks of a troubled spirit that barely leaves you in good spirits.
‘Njan Prakashan’ does not break any new ground when it comes to the tale that it narrates. And yet, it is a film that needs to be watched for the performer that Fahadh Faasil is, and as much corny as it might sound to state that the actor in him has surpassed the ruts and dips in the script yet again, it couldn’t be any closer to actual fact.
‘Odiyan’ is a film that needs to be analysed for what it was to be, and what it actually turned out to be. It’s a film that lets a captivating folklore wash effortlessly down a drain, its magic mercilessly muddled by the murk and mud around.
The well worn plot and the familiar characters in the film are impossible to root for. Sreekrishnan’s ‘Paviettante Madhurachooral’ strives to drive out the angst of its leads on to its viewers, but hardly scores.
In Sujith Vasudev’a ‘Autorsha’ there is an abundance that spills over, literally and which overflows along the seams. Brimming over with characters left, right and center, ‘Autorsha’ is a film that apparently has plenty to tell, and even does so, but which in the process, tips out its contents all over the place.