10 Malayalam Movies of 2020 that won our hearts
The year 2020 may not have been a great year for the film fraternity. With many films stalled and shelved, the tinsel town went through a rough patch due to the pandemic. However, there are some films that overcame the limitations and won the hearts of the audience. Here’s a rewind of some of the best Malayalam movies of 2020. The list is in accordance with the date of release.
Anjaam Paathrira is one of the best crime investigation dramas ever made in Malayalam cinema. The movie is so thrilling that we are at the edge of our seats right from the beginning. Anjaam Paathira was extremely successful in pulling the crowd to the theatres. Audiences left the theatre mind blown. The background score by Sushin Shyam paces up the thriller mood. Anjaam Pathira is one of the best theatrical releases of 2020. It was also the first film I watched at the theatre in 2020.
Yet another investigative thriller was released the same month but turns out it took a slightly different road. Anwesanam, unlike Anjaam Pathira, is a story that happens on a single day. On account of an accidental fall, a boy is rushed into the hospital by his mother and neighbor. However, something doesn’t feel right about the accident. The film proceeds as the dark secrets unravel, leaving us mind-numbed.
3. Ayyapanum Koshiyum
Late director Sachy’s finest creation Ayyapanum Koshiyum is about how far two men go with their ego. Ayyapan (Biju Menon) is a reputed sub-inspector while Koshy (Prithviraj Sukumaran) is a rich spoilt brat. Ego clashes between these two men go a bit too far creating some really compelling elements.
4. Varane Avashyamund
Dulquer Salman’s maiden production venture Varane Avashyamund is heartwarming. It had been a while since Malayalam cinema produced any cathartic, feel-good film. A simple sweet story wrapped with a perfect number of emotions and drama- that’s what Varane Avashyamund is for me. Moreover, it was a treat to have such an ensemble cast come all together and give their finest performances.
Trance, directed by Anwar Rasheed, may not be everyone’s cup of coffee. The film is a bold reply to the ones blinded by faith. The problematic storytelling left a few audiences clueless. But the terrific performance by lead actor Fahad Fasil and stunning cinematography compensates for most of the flaws.
6. Papam Cheyyathavar Kalleriyatte
Though the film may not have been a commercial success, the film deserves a watch. It’s a satirical take that lampoons the societal prejudices that hold mankind down. With a wide range of stellar cast, Paapam Cheyyathavar Kalleriyatte makes up for a decent one-time watch.
Forensic was the last Malayalam film to enjoy a theatrical success. A crime investigation drama, the film has some really gripping moments. Nevertheless, the film is nothing in comparison to Anjaam Paathira. Certain flaws in the storytelling however do not affect the overall narrative.
After nationwide lockdown
Though Kappela opened to good reviews, it was not able to savor the theatrical success. However, after Netflix accepted to stream the film on its platform, Kappela reached a wider audience. Jessy falls in love with Vishnu over some unsolicited missed calls. She sets out one fine day to meet him and her life changes forever.
9. C U Soon
Uncertainty regarding the reopening of theatres led to a huge crisis for Malayalam cinema. But a bunch of people refused to give up. I’m talking about Mahesh Narayanan and Fahad Fasil. Overcoming every limitation the lockdown has posed, these young filmmakers came up with amazing content and released it on Amazon Prime Video. The story is amazing and we are left wanting answers. I can’t give away too much here!
10. Halal Love Story
The last Malayalam release of the year, Halal Love Story is set in the backdrop of beautiful Northern Kerala. A set of filmmakers are tasked to make a film but without hurting the cultural sentiments of the people. How they complete the film provided the given conditions wends way to some hilarious and emotional moments. Though a bit ambiguous, Halal Love Story is a beautiful film.
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