On this record are Malayalam movies that didn’t gentle up the field workplace, and even obtain awards from critics. Nonetheless, on the correct day and when you find yourself in the correct temper, these motion pictures can let you know stunning tales that lie someplace between quirky and intense. And the perfect half is, they’re all streaming on-line.
1) Varnyathil Aashanka (MX Participant): In a village in central Kerala reside 4 thieves with their very own distinctive model of quirkiness. After they try and rob an area jewelry store, they’re joined by one other fascinating character, Dayanandan. He’s a slacker who retains getting quick shrift from his spouse however finally seems to be the craftiest of the lot. As soon as there he rapidly turns the tables in his favour. Directed by Sidharth Bharathan and written by Thrissur Gopalji, it’s the component of shock, spontaneous humour and surprising thrills that preserve us excitedly invested on this heist thriller, supported by some very good performances from Suraj Venjaramoodu, Kunchacko Boban and Shine Tom Chacko. It’s unlucky that the movie by no means bought the viewers it deserved.
2) Lukka Chuppi (MX Participant): After 14 years, a school reunion brings collectively six pals at a quaint resort the place they let their hair down, reviving days of yore, friendship, and love. Whereas their spouses get accustomed to their companions’ pals, the chums are going deeper into their very own lives as there are unresolved points between them. The narrative steadily permits us to heat as much as the characters and their complexities. There may be Raghuram (Jayasurya), who’s in the course of a marital discord; Sidharth (Murali Gopy) who nonetheless has not gotten over his faculty sweetheart; Rafeek (Joju George) who’s stored on a good leash by his spouse; Felix, a priest; Radhika the faculty heartthrob; and Benny, who drives a rickshaw. An important debut by Bash Mohammed (written by Gafoor Arackkal) that by no means bought its due. Maybe the tacky title proved to be a deterrent.
3) Artist (Amazon Prime Video): On this film, based mostly on Paritosh Uttam’s novel Goals in Prussian Blue, Shyamaprasad tailors the story round two artwork college students, Michael and Gayathri, who fall in love and resolve to reside collectively towards their mother and father needs. However when an accident robs Michael of his eyesight, Gayathri is left to fend for each of them. When the strain of shouldering all of the tasks falls on her, she finds herself mendacity to please Michael. The deceit quickly finds its due course, ending the love story. With fabulous performances from Ann Augustine and Fahadh Faasil, this one is a should watch.
4) Hey Jude (Amazon Prime Video): Director Shyamaprasad’s try at feel-good revolves round Jude, who has Asperger’s syndrome, and his day by day battles with a world which is unable to fathom him. However life turns brighter when he shifts to Goa along with his mother and father and meets Cris, a musician, who’s bipolar. The movie traces the journey of Jude and Cris and the way they assist in discovering one another. A fabulously nuanced Nivin Pauly, Siddique, Trisha, and a bunch of supporting actors, together with fascinating music and efficient frames make this a movie price your time.
5) Vedivazhipadu (MX Participant): Attukal Pongala, an annual 10-day competition the place ladies devotees collect in Thiruvananthapuram to supply prasadam to the Goddess, seems to be the milieu for a style that’s uncommon for Malayalam cinema—intercourse comedy. With their wives busy on the competition, three males resolve to rent a intercourse employee and indulge of their fantasies. Every man comes along with his personal backstories and intricacies. Rahul (Murali Gopy) appears to have a cheerful marriage with spouse Radhika, a homemaker; Pradeep (Sreejith Ravi) is insecure about his subtle accomplice and fantasizes about Radhika; and Sanjay feels insufficient round his profitable journalist spouse. The debut directorial of Shambu Purushothaman, the movie cleaves open the ethical hypocrisy, chauvinism, and ego of the male psyche and the way it performs out in marriages. The laughs are few and much between (much less verbal humour) however an audacious and intriguing try however.
6) Love 24/7 (Hotstar): Sreebala Okay. Menon’s directorial debut is about towards the backdrop of broadcast media, bringing into focus the ruthless competitiveness of the career, the challenges of breaking information and the day by day struggles of a tv information journalist. There are two fascinating love tales working in parallel—a younger journalist couple and an aged couple. The writing is strong as Menon wades by way of the narrative with none glitches, placing collectively well-etched characters, together with some gentle humour. The media illustration is pretty correct, surprisingly steers away from stereotypes, and exhibits some thorough analysis. An assured debut that remained largely unnoticed.
7) Arike (Amazon Prime Video): As soon as once more Shyamaprasad adapts a brief story by Sunil Gangopadhyay about Shantanu and Kalpana, who’re head over heels in love with one another, and their pal Anuradha who performs the cupid of their lives. Kalpana is flighty, the one baby of a wealthy businessman, and appears to be in love with the concept of affection, a reality which is revealed when she alters her thoughts as the subsequent suitor comes. However Kalpana means the world to the orphaned Shantanu. It’s an fascinating narrative across the intricacies of affection and relationships, with some advantageous performances. Perhaps the starkness of the narrative failed to attach with a wider viewers.