Best of 2017 in a Flash

2017 had its own interesting flicks to make things better, and among them, here are those which I found to be the best Malayalam movies of the year. Even though there might not have been a movie which would break all records, or would be considered as one of the greatest of them all, we surely had some excellent works. We all need more movies to be released so that the choices increase, but it is up to us to make sure that most of them will be watched, and will not get the negative result that they don’t deserve. These six are surely the kind of flicks that you can choose to watch without second thoughts.

1. Take Off :: Quoting from my own earlier post here: “This one is Malayalam movie industry’s answer to Airlift, but takes the time to get more out of the emotional side with a first half which establishes the main characters and the situation of the protagonist really well. Taking a page out of a real incident and adding the needed creativity, Take Off becomes the movie that is not easy to find fault with. There is Parvathy as the protagonist doing an excellent job, and there is Fahadh Faasil who gets things to be more intense in the second half. Kunchacko Boban remains serene with his act. The positive opinions received are all deserving.”
Read review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/03/26/take-off/

2. C/O Saira Banu :: Quoting from my own earlier post here: “This one is an interesting movie which moves from family drama to its twists after the half time. It deals with some interesting incidents which have happened in our society, and also leaves with a message along with an ending which comes as a pleasant surprise with a nice turn of events. It questions not only a past, but also the present and the future in a prejudiced society that we live in. Manju Warrier and Amala Akkineni are the ones who shine in this movie which will work for not just one category of viewers. Along with Rani Padmini and How Old Are You?, this one will be on the list of the best works of Manju Warrier after her grand return.”
Read review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/03/18/co-saira-banu/

3. Sakhavu :: There is the strength of ideology behind this movie, and it goes towards taking a righteous stand, especially when a political leader is concerned – on what the left ideals really mean, if they are implemented in the right way. The message is strong, and there is the presence of feel-good elements. Here, Nivin Pauly comes in two roles, and among the two, it is the new-age role that suits the best for him – the other role also demands him to play the elder version of the character, which also leaves a mark. There is the new generation social worker portrayed nicely with all the shortcuts of life which are taken, and there is the maturity of the old generation comrade, who has struggled so hard with everything in life for the party as well as the society.
Read review at: https://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/04/15/sakhavu/

4. Godha :: One quality that Godha has retained from the same director’s Kunjiramayanam is its quality in simplicity; as we look through these two movies, we see simple things made beautiful or memorable. The latter was all about making its comic side more and more effective while the former here works on delivering the inspiration on the big screen. In a world which is being swallowed by those sporting events which has more money and bigger heroes, there are the sports other than cricket which struggles to find a path towards attention, and Godha has certainly caught your eyes. Tovino has another big movie with Wamiqa debuting great in Malayalam.
Read review at: https://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/05/19/godha/

5. Tiyaan :: The thought-provoking moments of Tiyaan are intense, with that intensity like never before. The dialogues are stronger than ever, and we feel all the correct emotions in each of them, whether it is anger, hate, fear or grief. There are signs of what is to come from the beginning itself, and we feel how this is going to be something different, and it is. The whole thing remains a thought-provoking saga, and we are left with hope in a world which doesn’t have much of the same with almost everyone being hypocrites. There might be complexity within, but the final message is rather too simple, with all religions leading to one God, and love being the path.
Read review at: https://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/07/08/tiyaan/

6 Mayaanadhi :: As this one brings a new love story of this age, the melodrama never finds a seat. There is a realistic approach in this movie, and we never really gets tired of the same, even when the movie seems to get slow in between. We see how much people need each other, when things get better, or when they get terrible. The protagonists are two people who have struggled with their lives, and their world is something which is not difficult to relate as we understand their circumstances. There is the overall sadness in this movie, which seems to reflect on the depressing human condition which remains the same, no matter how the world changes. There are also some harsh realities reflected too, with either fate being so cruel, or the society being against the individual. Tovino and Aishwarya makes a wonderful pair.
Read review at: https://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/12/23/mayaanadhi/

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2017: Flashback with Music

*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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