May 24, 2024

Lijo Jose Pellissery-directed Mohanlal-starrer Malaikottai Vaaliban will launch on January 25 and Bhoothakaalam-director Rahul Sadasivan’s sophomore horror movie, the Mammootty-starrer Bramayugam will launch in February.

We’re in 2024. In the previous few years, Malayalam cinema has blurred the linguistic boundaries, and the OTT has additional smoothened the pan-Indian passage. A bunch of younger blood descended into this house, positioning themselves in an area that leaned in the direction of sensible cinema. Simply if you thought one had cracked a fool-proof system for the field workplace, the foundations saved modifying. At one level there was this inflow of famous person glorification automobiles that struck gold on the field workplace. When that system began thinning, a surge of sensible movies began making its method into Malayalam cinema after which simply if you thought one had attained a stability on the field workplace, 2023 turned out to be a combined bag. However what has remained constant since time immemorial needs to be the field workplace pull of Mammootty and Mohanlal. That’s one peak, not one of the youthful lot has been in a position to surpass (solely Dulquer Salman instructions the following greatest preliminary after the large Ms). So understandably the stakes are nonetheless technically on two of our greatest superstars this yr as effectively. That additionally means those we look ahead to will invariably prioritise their movies. Listed below are our picks. In precisely this order.

Malaikottai Valiban, on January 25

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Even probably the most ardent Mohanlal fan would agree that regardless of these occasional field workplace winners, it’s been a dry patch for the actor for the longest time. The final terrific Mohanlal efficiency occurred practically a decade in the past. And the actor appears to be oddly happy with this profession shift. Possibly not fairly so! His choice to staff up with Lijo Jose Pellissery is a transparent indication that the actor is prepared to rethink his decisions. In the meantime, the movie written by PS Rafique, is claimed to be the most costly movie mounted by Lijo and is claimed to be an action-packed interval drama with an ensemble of actors from throughout India. The primary-look posters and teasers (Mohanlal in a nice new makeover) maintain lots of promise.

Bramayugam, in February

Not like his friends, what a Mammootty movie ensures as we speak is avant-garde content material. And, in fact, his manufacturing home, Mammootty Kampany, is already championing recent and high quality content material ever since its conception. The primary-look poster that includes a fierce and growing old Mammootty with a depraved grin (netizens drew parallels together with his iconic position in Vidheyan, 1994) was sufficient to pique intrigue for an avid moviegoer. One other excessive level is that it’s the sophomore providing from Rahul Sadasivan who made a spectacular debut with the psychological horror, Bhoothakaalam (2022). Scripted by Rahul, the dialogues are written by award-winning Novelist TD Ramakrishnan. Reportedly on this horror thriller, Mammootty performs a black magician. The narrative is headlined by Arjun Asokan together with Sidharth Bharathan and Amalda Liz.

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Director Chidambaram’s debut movie, Jan.E. Man is the rationale why his second movie is awaited eagerly. Jan.E. Man was a recent, nuanced tackle friendships and dysfunctional relationships, stroked with spontaneous humor and well-written characters. His newest is claimed to be a survival thriller set in Kodaikanal, based mostly on a real-life incident that includes a bunch of buddies. The forged appears very fascinating — Soubin Shahir (who has additionally co-produced it), Sreenath Bhasi, Khalid Rahman, Ganapathi, Lal, and so forth. Sushin Shyam’s music is a giant plus.

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Aadujeevitham, on April 10

His final movie, Kalimannu (2013) was controversial because the lead actor Swetha Menon’s real-life supply was captured for the movie. In his two-decade-long profession graph that features seven movies, his narratives have at all times pivoted round intense, complicated relationships. They have been tales about compassion, loss, and love. Now after practically a decade, he’s again together with his magnum opus based mostly on Benyamin’s 2008 novel by the identical title. It’s a survival drama about Najeeb who migrates to Saudi Arabia from Kerala for higher prospects and will get stranded there. Prithviraj Sukumaran performs the titular position, and he has opted for some drastic weight reduction for the position. It’s mentioned that Blessy has added some cinematic liberties to the textual content. It took nearly 5 years to complete the movie and the crew have been stranded in Jordan for over 2 months owing to the pandemic. The movie shot in 3D might be launched in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu. AR Rahman has the completed and the music and Rasool Pookutty handles the sound design.

Premalu, on February 9

Director Girish AD’s debut movie was a delight that had two youngsters within the thick of issues. He pitched a large number of characters into the narrative with their idiosyncrasies and turned it into an absolute joyride. His second one, Tremendous Sharanya had a confused, shy adolescent on the centre. Once more it had the staples one may establish from his debut — the quirky, relatable characters, irreverence, and lots of enjoyable. When he comes out together with his third movie, it’s essential to notice that the movie is bankrolled by Bhavana Studios who’re at all times recognized for backing high quality content material.  The newest is a rom-com headed by the ever-reliable Naslen and Mamitha Baiju. Appears to be his consolation zone.

Premalu Premalu.

Ajayante Randam Moshanam, in Could

Tovino Thomas who had a quiet 2023 is again with a (triple) position of a lifetime in debutant Jithin Lal’s fantasy interval drama. Set in 1900, 1950, and ’90s, Tovino performs a legendary thief (seems in a triple position). The teaser guarantees to be an action-packed spectacle. Written by Sujith Nambiar, Tovino’s heroes are assigned to safeguard the treasures of their land. Jomon T John is the cinematographer, and the movie additionally stars Krithi Shetty, Aishwarya Rajesh, Surabhi Lakshmy, and Basil Joseph amongst others. Contemplating the lengths Tovino will go to for the bodily transformation of a personality, this triple avatar certain appears engaging.

Aavesham, on April 11

There are fairly a couple of issues to be enthusiastic about Aavesham. A) It’s director Jithu Madhavan’s second movie after the horror-comedy Romancham, which was additionally the primary huge hit of final yr; b) Fahadh Faasil’s inclusion robotically lends credibility to the venture; c) bankrolled by Nazriya Nazim and Anwar Rasheed beneath the banner of Anwar Rasheed Leisure and Fahadh Faasil and Pals; d) Fahad’s character is a spin-off of Chemban’s hilarious cameo in Romancham. That’s that.

Fahadh Faasil-starrer Aavesham. Fahadh Faasil-starrer Aavesham.

Varshangalkku Shesham, on April 14

You may name the Vineeth Sreenivasan cinematic universe cringe and cloyingly feel-good. You may accuse him of projecting characters and conflicts superficially. Most of his movies showcase a psychedelic joyful world the place conflicts snap out in a jiffy. And a few extra. However the plain truth is that only a few filmmakers have cracked the field workplace system like this man. Take his final biggie — Hridayam, a principally shallow, feel-good endeavor that supplied a recent lease of life to star son Pranav Mohanlal, and in addition labored wonders on the field workplace. This time he’s again with Pranav and an ensemble forged that features Kalyani Priyadarshan, Dhyan Sreenivasan, Nivin Pauly, Aju Varghese, Basil Joseph, Neeta Pillai, and so forth. Reportedly it’s a story of friendship between an actor and a director.

Varshangalkku Shesham Varshangalkku Shesham.