*Here is the list of those which I consider to be the ten best songs in Malayalam from the year 2017.
10. Entammede Jimikki Kammal – Velipadinte Pusthakam
There is no need for an introduction to this song, and there is also no need to describe this one, as this particular song had risen above the movie itself. Then there was the performance by the students of the Indian School of Commerce at Kakkanad, who were dancing to this song, ‘Jimikki Kammal’ and it was one of the most watched videos on the site. The leading performers in the video, Sheril and Anna, had also become popular, with so many trolls following the same. The song was so popular that you just kept hearing it wherever you went, and schools and colleges were just full of dance performances with this song.
9. Thechille Penne – Role Models
This one might have been one movie which caught our attention in all those music channels, with that newly found evergreen “theppu” idea. The song was going to be instant hit for the youth, who have been looking for trolls to be added with this theme. The song, even though not that much suitable to the situation in the movie, looked well and sounded nice, staying in the playlist for long. The movie was kind of confused about its conent and about where to go, but managed enough to be there as mostly a fun movie, which wouldn’t justify its title except for being the name of a college group within the flick’s flashback.
8. Vaaniluyare – Vimaanam
Vimaanam is a sincere effort with noble intentions, and the same can be seen reflected in this song. Prithviraj Sukumaran – Durga Krishna pair is perfectly suited for this particular setting of this song, and the cuteness factor related to this one is rather high. With some wonderful visuals, watching this song with video transports us to that mood which is reflected the best in the video even better than the movie. Coming after Aby which dealt with the same theme, and with the youth’s attraction towards Aadu Oru Bheekara Jeeviyaanu 2, this one might not become that huge a hit as we had expected when it was first announced, but it is good, as is the music.
7. Ozhukiyozhuki – Oru Cinemakkaran
There was the certainty of confusion regarding this movie, which kept wandering through the genres, as romance, drama, thriller and murder mystery, mixing things up so much that it kept losing its essence here and there. But this particular video with Vineeth Sreenivasan and Rajisha Vijayan has no trouble, and it can be one of those factors which seemed to have attracted the audience to this which was not that much far away in quality from the rest of the movies which released at the same time, Avarude Raavukal and Role Models, all three of these movies having songs becoming part of this list.
6. Minnunnunde Mullapole – Tharangam
There are two songs with Tovino in this list, and the other song comes at the second spot, with “Ivalaaro” song from Oru Mexican Aparatha just missing the chance to be here on this list, dropping out of top ten with Maayanadhi and Vimaanam getting in there this week. This song was one of the reasons why this movie became the first preference to watch even with bigger movies releasing at the same time. One can even say that this song itself is a level above the movie itself. Tovino Thomas and Santhy Balachandran make a wonderful combination in this particular song, as you will notice early.
5. Ethetho Swapnamo – Avarude Raavukal
Taking us directly into that mood of the 1980s and 1990s which had some of those slow and beautiful – then there is Vinay Forrt who surprises with a different avatar than what we have been seeing from him. When you first hear it, you would feel that it is from the last century, and what a lot of people have felt was that new generation of movies will not have songs which have that special, slow, feeling, but they are proven to be wrong again with this song. Malayalam movie songs are not about the party music, and it is not about the pub culture which has people jumping and dancing with alcohol – our music is divergent in traditional mode too, as it is here.
4. The WOW song – Godha
Godha might be more or less the Dangal in the Malayalam movie industry, even though the mood here is not that serious, and is not that close to real events. As it dealt with wrestling, one might not have been expecting this kind of a song in between, but we have it, and just ahead of the other song in the same movie, “Aaro Nenjil”, this one with Wamiqa Gabbi at the centre of everything, was quick to steal many hearts. Battling and winning against an experimental movie Adventures of Omanakkuttan, Godha was a movie to look out for, not just with its content, but also with the music.
3. Uyirin Nadhiye – Mayaanadhi
Maayanadhi is one movie with a different feeling, and its divergent ways in portraying a love story is nicely reflected in this song itself. In rising about the fake love stories with claim to be real, like Annayum Rasoolum, and exaggerated tales of love based on real life incidents like Ennu Ninte Moideen, Mayaanadhi‘s success in doing the same is due to its music too, and this song is just one of them. With the whole movie being something like a river flowing smoothly, music like this, nicely contributes to the same. After you watch the movie, you will feel the strength of the song even more.
2. Arikil Ini Njan Varaam – Adam Joan
Along with this song and the one from Vimaanam, there are two other songs featuring Prithviraj Sukumaran which deserves to be somewhere in the list, which are “Lailakame” from Ezra, and “Eee Kaattu” from this movie itself, but sung by the star himself, this song gets the edge, as does “Entammede Jimikki Kammal” with its popularity. The song video becomes the reflection of the whole movie itself, with its visuals as well as the mood. Everything in the movie provides us with an idea of what is to come in the movie, and you can choose to watch this one with the flick itself, with those events.
1. Njan Varumee Paathayilaayi – Theeram
There has been a number of movies which didn’t get the attention, but managed to have some superhit songs in there, and along with this song, we also have “Njaanum Neeyum”, another delightful work which stayed on the top of the playlists for long. This Pranav Ratheesh – Maria Yohannan starrer has some amazing visuals to go with these songs, which if a reflection of the romantic movie, could mean a lot. But the movie disappeared from the theatres rather too fast with shows gone missing, and we had to wait for the DVD to release. This is my favourite song of the year and my ringtone on the mobile phone too.
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