Yenna Rascala – Mind It! Isn’t that iconic line one of the very first dialogues that comes to your mind when you think about a South Indian film? The action sequences that see our hero jump high in the air, or emerge out of the fire with utmost swagger have over the years seen audiences whistle and shout from first scene to the last. With time, South Indian cinema, especially the Malayalam film industry has transformed drastically to change these age-old notions. Presenting us with untouched subjects along with a unique narration of stories and concepts that gives one ample food for thought, this is an industry that is far ahead of its time.
With a worldwide audience now wanting to immerse themselves in the world of Malayalam cinema, OTT platforms have played a vital role in putting a host of stellar films for us to watch and enjoy. If you haven’t experienced any of them, it’s never too late to begin. Without any further ado, here are five brilliant Malayalam films that will leave you craving to watch more and more content from the industry.
CU Soon (Malayalam)
If you haven’t heard about this movie yet, please save yourself some embarrassment and head straight to Amazon Prime Video right now! Packed with an enthralling narrative, a stick-to-your seat kind of suspense and some jaw dropping performances by Fahadh Faasil, Roshan Mathew, Darshana Rajendran, this Mahesh Narayan film stands out from the rest is some style. Inarguably the most interesting fact about this movie is that it’s entirely shot on a phone, that too during the lockdown period! With the movie becoming an overnight success earning rave reviews from fans and critics alike, this is a film that makes its way to our must-watch movies of 2020.
Ustad Hotel (Malayalam)
If Malayalam cinema would have been an art, Ustad Hotel would be among the chief artists. Words fall short to describe the cinematic masterpiece that this movie brings on screen. The unmatched excellence portrayed by the great actor Thilakan along with Dulquer Salmaan’s skills matching up to him in every step will simply leave you in awe. Ustad Hotel on Hotstar is an experience which you will never forget making you wish you had seen it earlier.
Kumbalangi Nights (Malayalam)
Watching CU Soon will instantly give you a craving to watch more of Fahadh Faasil and Kumbalangi Nights is one such movie that serves this craving perfectly! But it’s not just Fahadh who has created magic in Kumbalangi Nights but Shane Nigam, Soubin Shaheer, Sreenath Bhasi, Anna Ben, Grace Antony, Mathew Thomas and very single actor in the movie are at their very best. The story is simply heart touching and the narration supports the story at every point in the movie making it a fascinating watch.
Bangalore Days (Malayalam)
This movie will leave you thinking about it for days – Period. After all, it’s a film that sees Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nazim, Urvashi – some of the best known names from the Malayalam film industry, give one of the best performances of their career in this comedy-drama. The only problem with Bangalore Days however would be that you will be addicted to it and would want to watch it again and again. The movie is available on Hotstar thankfully.
We can confidently say that Premam can give landmark films like The Notebook, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai & The Fault In Our Stars a good run for its money. Nivin Pauly is the perfect boy next door in this movie and Sai Pallavi and Madonna Sebastian will make you fall in love with them, every time you watch this movie. This movie will act as fuel to the hope inside you that destiny has reserved that someone special and one day you will meet the person at the most unexpected time and moment.