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Top 5 Malayalam Movies Since 2015

Malayalam Cinema a.k.a Mollywood is always known for it's experimental and unorthodox choice of films, and since it's inception in the late 1920's we've seen numerous popular and remarkable movies which are memorable till date. Since we're in the new era, I've selected the "Top 5 Malayalam Movies Since 2015", cause they're quite a few remarkable one's in the past five years and it is indeed super hard to select only five.

5. Anjali Menon's - "Koode" (2018) | Starring - Nazriya Nazim, Prithviraj Sukumaran and Parvathy.

Koode is a psychological drama film directed by the talented and artistic Anjali Menon. It is a remake of the 2014 Marathi movie Happy Journey. The story is about a beautiful relationship between a brother and his sister, who is a ghost. Prithviraj and Nazriya play the dysfunctional siblings and Parvathy plays his love interest. The actors have done justice to their roles and I should say that they are very much expressive that you start feeling every emotion that the character feels throughout the movie. The songs are melodious and I fell in love with Prithvi all over again. Anjali has been successful in making a somewhat ordinary film into an exceptional one. If you liked The Notebook and The Lake House there's a 99% chance that you will love this one too.

4. Bejoy Nambiar's - "Solo" (2017) | Starring - Dulquer Salmaan, Sai Dhanshika and Neha Sharma. 

I must say that this is the most interesting yet confusing film to write about. 2017 was the year of experimental movies, and Solo is an anthology art film narrating the story of four different people based on four different elements: Water, Air, Fire, and Earth. World of Shekhar (Water) is a poetic love story between a stammering Shekhar and a blind Radhika. The gentleness and innocent beauty of water are depicted through his character. World of Trilok is based on the air element. After a hit and run case of Trilok's then-pregnant wife Ayesha, he tracks down the guilty ones, Justin and his father in law and skillfully murders them making it look like natural deaths. The unforgiving, smooth yet stormy and unpredictable nature of air is described through the character of Trilok.

Whereas, the world of Shiva explains fire and the characteristics linked with it including rage, pain, and vengeance. But through Shiva, the writer also connects fire with fierce love, protective and chaotic natures of man. Finally, the world of Rudra explains the embracing, kind yet spirited nature of Mother Earth through an aggressive and passionate army officer Rudra. The movie has a very philosophical approach to the relationship between man and nature and only a brilliant director could've framed it so accurately. Dulquer is such a treat to watch and therefore Solo definitely gives something for all of us to wonder about. 

3. AK Sajan's - "Puthiya Niyamam" (2016) | Starring - Nayantara and Mammootty.

Moving on from a feel-good movie to the best crime drama of 2016, Puthiya Niyamam is by far my favorite Malayalam movie. It defines feminism and justice, but, I really want you to remember another such movie which apparently also defined feminism and girl power, Veere Di Wedding. You can make out the vast difference. Nayanthara is at her best and Mammootty is charming as always.

The plot is about Vasuki (Nayan) who takes revenge on her drug addict rapists with the help of a DCP, and I'd say, it's not every day that a mainstream film chooses drug-fueled crimes and substance consumption as the subject. But, I don't think this film resembles the Bollywood movie Pink. Instead, a new law is formed by Vasuki who takes justice instead of seeking it. From making the rapists' deaths appear like a suicide, to emotionally crushing them to commit suicide, Puthiya Niyamam displays the fury and agony of a victim who stands up to become a punisher.

2. Alphonse Puthren's - "Premam" (2015) | Starring - Nivin Pauly, Sai Pallavi, and Madonna Sebastian.

If Premam isn't the king of feel-good movies, then I don't know which one is. George who is in high school is infatuated with Mary a pre-university girl only to be friend zoned by her later. Being a kid, he cries for days. A few years later, George falls in love with a Tamilian lecturer Malar at college. But, a few days after he contemplates marriage, Malar meets with an accident and loses her memory of George. Dealing with the second major heartbreak, he steps into adulthood five years later where now, he owns a cafe with his childhood friend.

There he develops an affinity for Celine who is the same little girl who used to walk with Mary from the school every day. After dealing with her drug addict fiance, George and Celine get married. Malar attends the wedding with her husband and George gets closure. With Nivin Pauly's cute expressions and the supporting performances by Anupama Parameswaran, Madonna Sebastian and Sai Pallavi, Premam restore hope in the "happily ever after" theory.

1. Martin Prakkat's - "Charlie" (2015) | Starring - Dulquer Salmaan and Parvathy.

Directed by Martin Prakkat, Charlie is a romantic drama and is one of the most popular movies of 2015. The plot revolves around an artist called Tessa (Parvathy) who goes in search of the writer of an abandoned comic. Every character in the film has his/her unique style statement which makes it impressionable among the youth. Few other characters come along the way and build Charlie's character by narrating their personal experiences of him. Advancing to the performances, Aparna Gopinath and Soubin Shahir are my favorite supporting characters, but, Parvathi and Dulquer were extraordinary. Also, the film showcases the perks of being a traveler/ hippie, and every scene is given equal importance. Overall, Charlie is a great movie and deserves the top spot.

-A Top 5 List by Nikitha Kashyap
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