Unfortunately it’s easier to pick this list than the best 10. Just as a Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum reinstated the belief that maybe the golden period has resurfaced in Malayalam cinema, a host of films ran on the parallel—the ones that failed to excite an avid movie goer in any form. This compilation is based on several slants—hype, expectation, performances, concept, depiction of women, novelty and, most importantly, on the entertainment metre. And it goes from bad to worst in the same order.
1) Puthan Panam(Ranjith)
Director Ranjith takes on demonitisation, drags into the story an annoyingly street-smart lad with a penchant for guns, lets a fairly intriguing Don and moneylender with heavy Kasargod accent wander aimlessly, and throws a smattering of characters spouting various dialects to add to the mess. Yet another instance of a brilliant story teller struggling with his form.
A superstar veneration vehicle, VP suffers from a tepid script, clichéd characterisations and distasteful humour. It’s a further let down by the irony of Mohanlal playing his real-life clone Anoop Menon in a Meta film. A bunch of promising newcomers are left in the lurch with poorly written roles that requires them to be in awe of the superstar.
3)Solo (Bejoy Nambiar)
Director Bejoy Nambiar making his big Malayalam film debut, Dulquer Salmaan playing four diametrically different characters (sounds fantastic at least on paper), a line-up of hugely talented musicians and actors. What more can one ask for? In the end, the only redeemable factor turned out to be the music, which even wasn't placed correctly.
4) Pullikkaran Staraa (Shyamdhar)
With a wafer thin plot, hollow characters and Mammootty looking out of sorts in multi-coloured knitted kurtas, PullikkaranStaraa is a film without a single redeemable moment.
Director Siddique picks up the core plot from various other films, churns it with usual suspects in this badly staged costume drama. Lal continues with his hamming, making it an even more tedious watch.
6) Tiyaan (Jiyen Krishnakumar)
Arguably the most awaited movie of last year and also the most ambitious, Tiyaan, plugged as a pan-Indian film, turned out to be only eyewash. It was just a contradictory cocktail of secularism, clairvoyance and socio-politics served on a timeworn backdrop of 80s mainstream Bollywood cinema.
7)HoneyBee 2 (Jean PaulLal)
Not that Honey Bee, which itself was mediocre cinema, required a sequel but then it got made and the result was a mess. With neither a coherent script nor anything smartly original to add to the first, Honey Bee 2 was a boring, badly dressed, costume drama with obnoxious performances to top it all.
8) Sakhavu (Sidhartha Siva)
A token of gratitude for the ruling party, Sakhavu was a tediously long tribute to a comrade who was nothing more than a badly written alpha male hero. Filled to the brim with a lot of truisms taken from similar films, it only added to the agony of the viewer that Nivin Pauly struggled to fit into the Sakhavu mode.
9) Villain (B Unnikrishnan)
B Unnikrishnan turns up with yet another film extolling a superstar - Mohanlal, who plays an ageing cop assigned to nab a serial killer. With bland antagonists, predictable routing and sub-characters that are all in awe of its lead actor, Villain fails to excite in any way.
10) ThrissivaperoorKliptham (Ratheish Kumar)
The debutant director must have thought he could capitalise on the local flavour emancipated from the brilliant Angamaly Diaries. With Thrissur as the milieu, the director unfortunately only manages to make you squirm with his obsession for loos and human faeces.
11)Role models (Rafi)
It was billed as a Fahadh Faasil film and he was also attempting a full-fledged comedy. Unfortunately, Fahadh’s character had shades of his own previous roles and he looked decidedly out of place masquerading as a rock star. Vinayakan’s inclusion was keenly plugged-in with his Kammatipaadam phase. Pity, everything fell flat. Including the jokes.
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