Best of Malayalam movies in 2016
Rasmi Binoy gives her selection of top 5 Malayalam movies released this year.
2016 has been marked by the phenomenal success of Mohanlal-starrer Puli Murigan, the costliest Malayalam film so far and the first to enter the Rs.100-crore club. The year also saw debutant directors coming up with critically acclaimed films such as Kismath and Anuragakkarikkinvellam. Two film-makers who had a dream run with their debut movies, did not live up to expectations in their second outing. Jude Anthany Joseph and Ebrid Shine, makers of Om Shanthi Oshana and 1983 respectively, brought Oru Muthassi Gadha and Action Hero Biju this time. Biju went on to become a hit riding on its popular masculine hero ingredients. Ka Bodyscapes by Jayan Cherian, dealing with same-sex love and dalit issues, had a run-in with the Censor Board and the Kerala High Court had to intervene to allow its screening at the IFFK. The year ends with no Christmas releases because of a deadlock between exhibitors on one side and distributors and producers on the other. Unlike last year that saw the release of a movie by a woman director, no films by women directors hit the theatres this year.