Best Mollywood Actors In 2018 Who Were A Cut Above The Rest

Best Mollywood Actors In 2018 Who Were A Cut Above The Rest

9 Sep 19 @ 11:24 PM | By Divya

The year 2018 is clearly a mixed bag for most of the Mollywood actors. Apart from the surprise entries for the best actors, the year clearly belonged to the youngsters. 

Among the younger crop, there were brilliant performances from the ever-reliable Fahadh Faasil and Jayasurya. We cannot stop praising Fahadh Faasil as he had been giving stellar performances in all three of his movies- Carbon, Varathan and Njan Prakashan that released this year.  As for Jayasurya, there is not an iota of doubt as regard to the flexibility that he is capable of. His down-played performance as footballer Sathyan in Captain and his portrayal of a  transsexual in Njan Marykutty, is pitch perfect. Nivin Pauly as the agile Kochunni in the local Robinhood movie Kayamkulam Kochunni and Tovino Thomas as the vulnerable Ajayan in Oru Kuprasidha Payyan were testament to the fact that age or experience does not reflect an actor's caliber. Shane Nigam as the distraught Anand in Eeda and Antony Varghese as the Jacob in Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil were stupendous too and were worth mentioning for their impeccable performances.

Malayalam Cinema has seen some incredible performances from actors who had been in the industry for long but had been so under-utilised. Indrans was pre-dominantly a comedy artist in most of his previous films and his transformation to a helpless father in search of his lost son in Aalorukkam has been nothing but astounding and no wonder that the state award beckoned him. Joju George as the retired officer Joseph can surely be one of the contenders for the following year's Best Actor Award. 

Among the senior artists, we have the pride of Mollywood, our own Lalettan who still reigns supremacy with his versatility as he gives a controlled performance as Odiyan Manickyan in Odiyan.

  1. Mohanlal as Odiyan Manikyan in Odiyan

    The role of Odiyan Manickyan, which simultaneously evoke sympathy and fear, can be given life on-screen only when it has a seasoned actor like Mohanlal on-board. Mohanlal had taken excruciating fitness schedules to play the spectacular Odiyan and looks like it had paid off.

    Mohanlal as Odiyan Manikyan in Odiyan
    Mohanlal as Odiyan Manikyan in Odiyan
  2. Fahadh Faasil as Aby in Varathan

    Fahadh Faasil has jolted us with his stunningly natural performances in Carbon, Varathan and Njan Prakashan. But his role of Aby in Varathan is sheer delight as he has flooded the screen with the insightful portrayal of the protagonist.

    Fahadh Faasil as Aby in Varathan
    Fahadh Faasil as Aby in Varathan
  3. Jayasurya as Marykutty in Njan Marykutty

    Jayasurya, as the esteemed and admirable transsexual in Njan Marykutty, has out-shined all his previous performances and has given his career best. He has exuded a never-seen-before freshness and charm to a complex character.

    Jayasurya as Marykutty in Njan Marykutty
    Jayasurya as Marykutty in Njan Marykutty
  4. Nivin Pauly as Kochunni in Kayamkulam Kochunni

    Nivin Pauly's integration of physical and emotional agility is one of the main highlights of this period drama. The actor has worked hard on his physique and has effortlessly transformed himself to get into the skin of a warrior. 

    Nivin Pauly as  Kochunni in Kayamkulam Kochunni
    Nivin Pauly as Kochunni in Kayamkulam Kochunni
  5. Antony Varghese as Jacob Varghese in Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil

    Antony Varghese has delivered a remarkable performance as Jacob in Swathanthram Ardharatriyil and we are sure that the new actor is not in the industry due to sheer luck.

    Antony Varghese as Jacob Varghese in Swathanthryam ardharathriyil
    Antony Varghese as Jacob Varghese in Swathanthryam ardharathriyil
    Antony Varghese
  6. Joju George as Joseph George in Joseph

    Joseph proves that Joju George was an unexplored talent in the industry. His role as a disturbed yet shrewd investigating officer had given not only his contemporaries but even the actors in the forefront a tough competition.

    Joju George as Joseph George in Joseph
    Joju George as Joseph George in Joseph
    Joju George
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  8. Tovino Thomas as Ajayan in Oru Kuprasidha Payyan

    Tovino Thomas has delivered an exceptional performance as the gullible and vulnerable Ajayan and over-whelmed the audience. His body language and emotions conveying his fear, forlornness and despair were in the right place.

    Tovino Thomas as Ajayan in oru Kuprasidha Payyan
    Tovino Thomas as Ajayan in oru Kuprasidha Payyan
  9. Chemban Vinod Jose as Eeshi in Ee Maa Yau

    Chemban Vinod has once again put forth a staunch performance and has elevated himself to greater heights as a bankable actor. No wonder, he is frequently cast for essaying performance-oriented character roles.

    Chemban Vinod Jose as Eeshi in Ee Maa Yau
    Chemban Vinod Jose as Eeshi in Ee Maa Yau
    Chemban Vinod Jose
  10. Renji Panicker as the postman in Bhayanakam

    Renji Paniker as the victim of war and a mentally-stressed postman has brilliantly enacted the mental conflict. In spite of being an actor who is only a few films old, he has performed like a veteran actor.

    Renji Panicker as the postman in Bhayanakam
    Renji Panicker as the postman in Bhayanakam
    Renji Panicker
  11. Indrans as Pappu Pisharody in Aalorukkam

    Aalorukkam explicitly has unearthed the hidden talents of one of the most under-rated actors of Mollywood. Now we are convinced why the prestigious Best Actor of the State beckoned Indrans.

    Indrans as Pappu Pisharody in Aalorukkam
    Indrans as Pappu Pisharody in Aalorukkam
    Indrans
  12. Shane Nigam as Anand Balakrishnan in Eeda

    Shane Nigam delivers a poised performance as the distraught protagonist caught between his love and political drama. His under-played emotions was brilliant in bringing out the candid and innocent romance to life.

    Shane Nigam as Anand Balakrishnan in Eeda
    Shane Nigam as Anand Balakrishnan in Eeda
    Shane Nigam