Top Ten Malayalam movies of 2011

Here is my list of Top Ten Malayalam movies of 2011, in the same order:

  1. Adaminte Makan Abu
    Top-drawer performances by Salim Kumar and Zarina Wahab coupled with an excellent script and no-loss direction. As the story developed, came along with it a comforting realisation of the film director in Salim Ahmed. To top it all, a wonderfully positive climax!
  2. Beautiful
    One to add to the revival of Malayalam cinema in 2011. Such films started bringing “Traffic” to the theatre and ended “Beautiful”ly! A simple story told lucidly and effectively. Neat portrayal of a strong script. VK Prakash’s best yet.
  3. Pranayam
    A movie that made me travel with the characters and experience what they felt. Excellent casting and great direction. A sigh, a gleam in the eye, a fleeting smile, an averted face, all conveyed meanings hundred dialogues cannot express. The director proved yet again why his parents christened him “Blessy”!
  4. Indian Rupee
    A movie that provided ample space for an amazing comeback by Thilakan, by utilising his acting skills to its limits. He may have been banned from the industry for a long time, but I just got the feeling that he has been honing his skills further, inside the four walls of his house! Ranjith’s directorial skills made the film even more interesting! Worth every single Indian Rupee you spent on the ticket!
  5. Melvilasam
    I was very late to watch this one. In fact, I watched this one only today. My eyes were glued to the screen for the entire length of the movie. Easily one of the best performances by Parthipan. An example for how an actor can perform even if he gets only very limited screen space in a movie. Also the film gave a strong “melvilasam” (address) to the debutant director Madhav Ramadasan!
  6. Salt N’ Pepper
    A classic example of the Malayalam cinema of 2011. No big stars, no fancy dialogues, no great-impact story, nothing. There wasn’t even a tinge of salt or pepper in the movie; it was all sweet! Matured acting combined with excellent direction is what made Salt N’ Pepper taste sweet!
  7. Traffic
    The movie that paved way for a change in 2011. Again, no stars or fancy dialogues. Crisp script, brilliant editing, and superb direction! I had only one confusion after the movie ended – should I call it Traffic or Terrific?
  8. Urumi
    A period movie that did justice to the effort put into its making. Good casting, scenic locations, and brilliant camera added to the visual pleasure. A movie is a director’s. But some movies are the screenwriters’, some are the actors’, and yet some are the technicians’. If there ever is a Malayalam movie that is a combination of all these, call it Urumi!
  9. Khaddama
    Shocking stories from the life of a (or many?) housemaid in a Gulf country. Kavya Madhavan literally lived as the character and displayed the sense of fear and helplessness in the maid’s mind brilliantly. One of the best shows in her career thus far!
  10. Manikyakallu
    I would have placed Chaappa Kurish here, but the simplicity of Manikyakallu made me think again. A film need not necessarily convey a message, but if it does, “wow”! And Manikyakallu was just that, a simple story which retains its relevance in any society, anytime!
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3 responses to Top Ten Malayalam movies of 2011

  1. Here is my list of Top Ten Malayalam movies of 2011, in the same order:

    Adaminte Makan Abu

    Top-drawer performances by Salim Kumar and Zarina Wahab coupled with an excellent script and no-loss direction. As the story developed, came along with it a comforting realisation of the film director in Salim Ahmed. To top it all, a wonderfully positive climax!

    Beautiful

    One to add to the revival of Malayalam cinema in 2011. Such films started bringing “Traffic” to the theatre and ended “Beautiful”ly! A simple story told lucidly and effectively. Neat portrayal of a strong script. VK Prakash's best yet.

    Pranayam

    A movie that made me travel with the characters and experience what they felt. Excellent casting and great direction. A sigh, a gleam in the eye, a fleeting smile, an averted face, all conveyed meanings hundred dialogues cannot express. The director proved yet again why his parents christened him “Blessy”!

    Indian Rupee

    A movie that provided ample space for an amazing comeback by Thilakan, by utilising his acting skills to its limits. He may have been banned from the industry for a long time, but I just got the feeling that he has been honing his skills further, inside the four walls of his house! Ranjith's directorial skills made the film even more interesting! Worth every single Indian Rupee you spent on the ticket!

    Melvilasam

    I was very late to watch this one. In fact, I watched this one only today. My eyes were glued to the screen for the entire length of the movie. Easily one of the best performances by Parthipan. An example for how an actor can perform even if he gets only very limited screen space in a movie. Also the film gave a strong “melvilasam” (address) to the debutant director Madhav Ramadasan!

    Salt N' Pepper

    A classic example of the Malayalam cinema of 2011. No big stars, no fancy dialogues, no great-impact story, nothing. There wasn't even a tinge of salt or pepper in the movie; it was all sweet! Matured acting combined with excellent direction is what made Salt N' Pepper taste sweet!

    Traffic

    The movie that paved way for a change in 2011. Again, no stars or fancy dialogues. Crisp script, brilliant editing, and superb direction! I had only one confusion after the movie ended – should I call it Traffic or Terrific?

    Urumi

    A period movie that did justice to the effort put into its making. Good casting, scenic locations, and brilliant camera added to the visual pleasure. A movie is a director's. But some movies are the screenwriters', some are the actors', and yet some are the technicians'. If there ever is a Malayalam movie that is a combination of all these, call it Urumi!

    Khaddama

    Shocking stories from the life of a (or many?) housemaid in a Gulf country. Kavya Madhavan literally lived as the character and displayed the sense of fear and helplessness in the maid's mind brilliantly. One of the best shows in her career thus far!

    Manikyakallu

    I would have placed Chaappa Kurish here, but the simplicity of Manikyakallu made me think again. A film need not necessarily convey a message, but if it does, “wow”! And Manikyakallu was just that, a simple story which retains its relevance in any society, anytime!

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