Malayalam cinema in 2018 has grown up huge not in terms in technical and content are grown up to sci-fi and fantasy. While mega-budget, big star films disappointed after much hype and expectations like ‘Odiyan’, there were also many more which proved why Malayalam cinema is undoubtedly one of the best industry in India, and most of the credit goes to the audience as equal as filmmakers. From everybody’s favorite ‘Sudani from Nigeria’ to the nostalgia-inducing college campus drama ‘Poomaram’, here are our top picks of Must Watch Best Malayalam Movies of 2018.
Must Watch Best Malayalam Movies of 2018
#1.Sudani From Nigeria
“Sudani From Nigeria” directed by Zakariya Mohammed, the screenplay was written by Muhsin Parari and Zakariya Mohammed. The movie is met widely positive response and made on a budget of 2Crore INR. The film explores Sudani is a beautifully poignant tale of friendship and compassion between an incomer settler Nigerian sevens footballer and residents of a home who have the liability of healing him back to health after an injury.
Zakariya breaks most of the cinematic traditions attached to the representation of North Kerala Muslims who are classified as practicing polygamy, extremist politics, and a misogynist, outmoded lifestyle. Sudani From Nigeria is undoubtedly the best Malayalam movies of 2018.
#2.Ee Ma Yau
The next movie in our list of best Malayalam movies of 2018 is “Ee Ma Yau”.According to sources jury member of the Kerala State awards this year, after announcing the Best Director award for Lijo Jose Pellisery, said: “it was a flawlessly made film.” And arguably the director’s best till date. Ee Ma Yau was written by PF Mathews, Ee Ma Yau underlines the director’s bizarre obsession with death. It would be right to mention, Ee Ma Yau is a proper satire, which was made in the most inmate way, without giving away the realistic quotient at any point in time.
Multi-starrer Kayamkulam Kochunni came in huge expectations and the big budget venture has lived up to the huge hype surrounding it. Kayamkulam Kochunni is based on the life of Kayamkulam Kochunni, a famed highwayman who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor low caste during the British Raj in the 19th century Quilon Divison.
Kayamkulam Kochunni is still continuing its fabulous run in the theatres and is breaking records one after the other. Definitely, the movie has engraved a place for its own in the list of the best historical periodic movies of all time. The movie is the first Malayalam movie to cross 100 Crore, and yet one of the best Malayalam movies of 2018.
Varathan, the Fahadh Faasil-Amal Neerad movie turned out to be a film with the right mix of realistic and commercial fictional elements. This sci-fi survival thriller “Varadhan” one such movie of the year, which gave goosebumps to the theatergoers, especially in the nail-biting last 1 hour of the movie, which was nothing short than a phenomenal experience. The movie definitely deserves to be in the list of the best Malayalam movies of 2018, experiences of this year.
Koode, directed by Anjali is a psychological drama remade from Marathi film “Happy Journey”, which was one among the highly awaited Mollywood movies of the year, made its entry into the screens on July 14, 2018. There are no words in describing this film “Koode”, which dealt with the brother-sister relationship in the most heart-touching and convincing way. With some striking performances from Prithviraj and Nazriya and the amazing packaging of Anjali Menon and superb written by Sachin Kundalkar, Koode truly turned out to be a cult film that will stay in our hearts for the years to come.
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The film trails the journey of a local ten-percenter Sibi Sebastian (Fahadh Faasil) and his ambitious, persistent half-baked plans to make a quick buck. Venu, whose last outing was the brilliant Munnariyippu (2014), narrates a multi-layered tale of survival. He gets enough assistance from KU Mohanan, who first cranks his camera at a town and later stealthily explores the nuances of the jungle.
Though the film does slacken, making us wonder at the furtiveness of certain characters Carbon sharpens its hold towards the last quarter. That’s when Sibi’s personal expedition evolves into something layered and deep; when his survival instinct overpowers his greed.
Pranav Mohanlal debut “Aadhi” hit the screens on Republic day, 2018, and it emerged as the first Mollywood blockbuster of the year. Aadhi offered the right spring launch for Pranav Mohanlal (son of Superstar Mohanlal). With its jaw-dropping thrilling content and some never-seen-before well-choreographed action sequences executed brilliantly by star son Pranav Mohanlal. The biggest highlight of the film was Jeethu Joshep Keep audience engaged whole out the movie.
#8. Abrahaminte Santhathikal
Mammootty’s Abrahaminte Santhathikal, which means Descendents of Abraham, which graced the big screens on June 16, 2018, has emerged as the top Malayala, grosser of 2018. Abrahaminte Santhathikal had everything in it to appeal to the lovers of commercial action mass movies. Shaji Padoor’s direction scored good marks by becoming a thriller, with both emotional elements and slight mass elements in the equal proportions. At end of the day, Abrahaminte Santhathikal turned out to be one among the best Malayalam commercial products of this year which have everything to make cinephiles crazy.
The last film in our list of “Best Malayalam Movies of 2018” is Poomaram, After an impressive comedy “Action Hero Biju” (2016), Abrid Shine sets his new story in the backdrop of the famous Mahatma Gandhi Kalolsavam. He weaves in an iconic college rivalry into the narrative—between Maharaja’s college and St Teresa’s college, both positioned next to each other in the heart of Ernakulam.
The narrative is intriguing and problematic at once—the former as it looks like he secretly placed the camera inside the campuses and captured their emotions, conquest, and failures through a candid lens, thereby making it organic and relatable. Challenging as it often digresses into a documentary without any strong larger than life characters or a defining storyline.
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