Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Kodiyettam has been considered as the epitome of the slice of life movies.The film does not have any background score, and is noted for the lengthy, realistic, and moving scenes.Starring Bharath Gopi and K.P.A.C Lalitha, the film garnered positive criticism.Gopi won the prestigious Bharath award, which became his namesake.
2.Aadaminte Makan Abu (2011)
Salim Ahamed’sdebut had Salim Kumar and Zarina Wahab in leading roles, and told the tale of a poor perfume seller and his wife, who dream of going for Hajj.The film was noted for the brilliant script and the flowing cinematography, along with the composed acting.Salim Kumar won the national and state awards for the best actor, and the film was nominated for the Oscar’s.
Manhole narrated the struggles faced by a girl from a community of manual scavengers, and the life of her family in general.Vidhu Vincent won the state award for best direction, and the movie was well received by critics, though commercially it was a failure.It was screened in the competition category in IFFK 2016.
Made by the maestro G.Aravindan, Thampu had Bharath Gopi, Nedumudi Venu, and Jalaja in the lead.It narrated an episode when a circus troupe comes to a lethargic village and changes everything.Aravindan won the state and national awards for the best director, and the movie was adjudged the best Malayalam film of the year.
5.Naalu pennungal (2007)
Another Adoor movie, Naalu Pennungal had a strong feminist theme and was noted for the brilliant performances from the actors.The life for different women is described in order to give the viewers a picture of the condition of women in Kerala.
Perariyaathavar, directed by environmentalist Dr.Biju, told the tales of the marginalized.Through the eyes of a father-son duo, Biju points out the environmental degradation we see around us.Suraj Venjaaramoodu won the national award for best actor.
7.Kunjananthante Kada( 2013)
Another film by Salim Ahamed, Kunjananthante Kada had Mammootty in the lead.It was the story of a shopkeeper coming to terms with globalization and its repercussions, in a rural part of Kerala.It had Nyla Usha, Balachandramenon, and Salim Kumar in important roles.
Anjali Menon’s debut directorial was a story of childhood and, its innocence, and its unbiased and simplistic view of things.The movie was set in an ancestral home in a village, and showed the greater truth in the behavior of children.Anjali Menon won the state award for best debut director.
Salim Ahamed and Mammootty again.This time, an all familiar topic-the Malayali diaspora in the Gulf countries.The movie was noted for its touching portrayal of the people who leave their homes and have been sorely missed.Aided with the brilliant cinematography and a superb performance by Mammootty, the film was easily among the top grossers of the year.
10. Maheshinte Prathikaaram( 2016)
Maheshinte Prathikaaram marked director Dileesh Pothan’s debut, and the screenplay is considered writer Syam Pushkaran’s best work yet.It had Fahad Faasil playing Mahesh, a photographer who overcomes a series of setbacks in his life.The movie was one of the top grossers of the year, and it won the national award for best Malayalam film.Writer Syam Pushkaran won the national award for best screenplay.
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