Best Malayalam Movies Of 2018 Which Is Making The Industry Proud

Best Malayalam Movies Of 2018 Which Is Making The Industry Proud

21 Jan 19 @ 6:15 PM | By Divya

2018 was eventfully rich for Mollywood. As in every year, Malayalam Cinema tread on the untrodden path and the foray of new directors and actors is proving to be a refreshing change. There were fresh ideas, inspirational biopics, hard-hitting satires and period films.

There were around 160 movies that released this year. Mollywood witnessed movies made with newcomers like Queen, movies that were surprise hits like Sudani from Nigeria and Joseph, movies made on whopping budgets like Kayamkulam Kochunni and Odiyan, movies that won awards at film festivals like Bhayanakam and Ee Maa Yau and movies of star actors that bombed. 

Mollywood earned its second 100 crore movie through Kayamkulam Kochunni and also witnessed never-seen-before marketing tactics being adopted for biggie Odiyan. There were some stellar performances in movies like Eeda, Joseph, Njan Marykutty and Aalorukkam

2018 has proved that performance and content are two pillars of good cinema. Makers have understood that star- value hardly matter and will not weave magic. The audience too, have discarded the acceptance of obsolete ideas and have ousted such films from the box office. Take a look at some of the movies of 2018 that are a compelling watch.

  1. Njan Prakashan

    Sathyan Anthikad's Njan Prakashan is a satirical take on the attitudes of an average Malayali. With a naturally talented actor like Fahadh Faasil on-board, the movie required just a few dialogues to take it forward. It takes a dig at the attitude of the youngsters, at the government, at the present state of affairs and at the people of the state wherever possible. No wonder, people could relate to it and won at the theaters.

    Njan Prakashan
    Njan Prakashan
  2. Abrahaminte Santhathikal

    Abrahaminte Santhathikal is an action- thriller, tailor-made for Mammootty. It is a blend of mass and class. The movie has ample doses of grandeur and the stylishly attractive role must have been a cakewalk for an actor like Mammootty. The exaggeration quotient is intact if not minimal in this action-packed thriller.

    Abrahaminte Santhathikal
    Abrahaminte Santhathikal
  3. Varathan

    This survival thriller is an unofficial adaptation of Straw Dogs and lends an air of creepiness throughout. A bunch of voyeuristic youngsters make life miserable for the lead pair Fahadh Faasil and Aishwarya Lekshmi and the intriguing routes adopted to stealthily deal with the issue is dramatically put on-screen. The movie gives an uncompromising cinematic experience. The lead actors have stolen the limelight in this slow-burning thriller.

    Varathan
    Varathan
    Fahadh Faasil Aishwarya Lekshmi
  4. Koode

    Koode is a charmingly cute film which is a take on love, solitude and human relationships. There is a mystical realism as seen in Anjali Menon's films. Backed by tremendously talented actors like Prithviraj, Parvathy and Nazriya, Koode revels on a poignant tale of brother-sister bonding and home-coming. The songs and the visuals also contributed to the box office success of the movie.

    Koode
    Koode
  5. Sudani from Nigeria

    Sudani from Nigeria is majestically refined in narration and genuinely realistic in unlayering the various characters. With a subdued performance from Soubin Shahir, this is one gem that Mollywood can be proud of. The movie is tender in handling human relationship and refreshing in treatment of a simple plot.

    Sudani From Nigeria
    Sudani From Nigeria
  6. Odiyan

    Odiyan, though does not live up to what was claimed prior to its release, can be a good contender for the best movie.The folklore character restricted to a specific region of the state has come alive on-screen in the garb of Odiyan Manickyan, impeccably essayed by versatile Mohanlal. The cinematography and music were laudable. The movie is Mohanlal's solo superhit of the year and the actor's excruciating efforts for the role were worth it.

    Odiyan
    Odiyan
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  8. Kayamkulam Kochunni

    The visually-rich and smartly-narrated period drama is a regal glorification of the local Robinhood. Nivin Pauly's physical make-over as the agile Kayamkulam Kochunni and Mohanlal's fiery screen-presence in the form of Ithikkara Pakki have set the cinematic elements in the right place.The movie has climbed up the ladders and has reached the pinnacle with its entry into the coveted 100 crore club.

    Kayamkulam Kochunni
    Kayamkulam Kochunni
  9. Eeda

    Eeda is both sensational and sentimental, but the gripping plot-line never veers off. The simplicity in narration keeps the audience engaged and the stellar performance of the lead pair is a treat to watch. Though not well-received at the box office, Eeda surely finds place among the best movies of 2018.

    Eeda
    Eeda
    Shane Nigam
  10. Joseph

    Joseph is an intricately woven thriller with Joju George as the eponymous protagonist Officer Joseph. The movie was a surprise hit and Joju played his best role till date. In spite of being in the industry for many years, Joju was the unexplored talent who was given his due in Joseph. Maintaining the suspense element throughout, the movie is free from any illogical conclusions. Clearly, many would love to have Joseph as the best movie of the year.

    Joseph
    Joseph
    Joju George
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  12. Theevandi

    This light-hearted movie about a chain-smoker neither glorifies the act nor is it preachy about its after-math. With an appealing premise as taking a look into the life of a full-blown chain-smoker, the movie is more of a coming-of-age drama. Tovino Thomas as the hapless smoker, has easily slipped into the smoker's avatar. The songs of the movie were a rage among the viewers.

    Theevandi
    Theevandi
  13. Bhayanakam

    The film belonging to the navarasa series of director Jayaraj, is a heart-wrenching tale that portrays the mental conflict affecting the protagonist. Set in the 1930s, the film is visually-rich in portraying the era. The stellar performance of Renji Panicker as the distraught war-victim and postman, leaves an indelible mark.

    Bhayanakam
    Bhayanakam
    Renji Panicker
  14. Njan Marykutty

    Never has a transsexual been portrayed so beautifully as in Njan Marykutty. The movie should be lauded for treating the subject with  sensitivity and subtlety. The movie has not dwelt on the cliched gay jokes and has explored the minds of people with gender identity issues. The ever-reliable Jayasurya as the protagonist Marykutty, lends a class appeal.

    Njan Marykutty
    Njan Marykutty
  15. Ee.Ma.Yau

    Ee Maa Yau is a dark comedy and is a masterpiece from a master-craftsman Lijo Jose Pellissery. The nitty-gritty that has gone into the making of each scene and the nuanced portrayal of each character is what makes this a classic. Needless to mention, the performances by Chemban Vinod Jose and Vinayakan are top-notch.

    Ee.Ma.Yau
    Ee.Ma.Yau
    Vinayan Chemban Vinod Jose
  16. Aalorukkam

    The movie should be commended for taking up a socially relevant topic that we loathe to discuss and bringing it to life on-screen is Indrans, essaying an Ottanthullal artist, Pappu Pisharody. The film is devoid of any cinematic sheen and the director had layered the topic with sensitivity and dignity. 

    Aalorukkam
    Aalorukkam
    Indrans
  17. Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil

    This meticulously crafted jail-break film is an ordinary tale that becomes extra-ordinary due to the aggressive tone. This is what sets it apart from the usual prison-escape films. The combination of Antony Varghese and Vinayakan lend a few thrilling moments. The spirited film is elevated to the greater heights, credits to its stylish treatment.

    Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil
    Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil
    Antony Varghese
  18. Poomaram

    Poomaram has none of the cinematic fripperies of a typical campus movie. This perfect launch-pad for star-kid Kalidas Jayaram affirms that neither the makers nor the cast are in a mood to package it as a commercially-viable movie. The movie is poetic and mellifluous that kindles nostalgic thoughts.

    Poomaram
    Poomaram
    Kalidas Jayaram
  19. Captain

    Captain is a moving tribute to the unsung hero of Indian Football, VP Sathyan. With impeccable performance from Jayasurya and Anu Sithara, the biopic is deeply etched in the minds and chokes the audience with emotions. Captain is devoid of filmy gimmicks and gives a profound after- thought into the actual life of the legendary footballer.

    Captain
    Captain
  20. Carbon

    Carbon is an off-beat drama rich in adventure and action. With a gem like Fahadh Faasil as the lead, the film has conveyed the sophisticated idea of treasure-hunting through varied cinematic layers. Carbon requires great efforts from the viewer to dig deeper into the narrative, which may be one reason why the audience could not actually connect to this splendid piece of work.

    Carbon
    Carbon