Maheshinte Prathikaaram (2016)
‘Maheshinte Prathikaaram’ was easily the best Malayalam film of the year, and was directed by
Dileesh Pothan. It narrated an episode in the life of Mahesh, his dealing with multiple crises, and how he emerges a better man. The movie stood out for its brilliant depiction of the district of Idukki, and the script, which won a national award.
2. 22 Female Kottayam (2012)
Fahad played Rima Kallingal’s love interest in this revenge-drama set in Bangalore. His portrayal of an anti-hero in this Ashiq Abu directorial was a never-seen-before in Malayalam. This film showed the cinema world his talent and announced the arrival of a versatile actor.
3. Artist (2013)
This Syamaprasad movie had Fahad portraying a young artist who goes colour-blind. The plight of a painter, who is not able to distinguish between the hues, was painstakingly brought out by Fahad. The movie won critical acclaim, and Fahad won the State Award for the best actor.
4. Take-Off (2016)
‘Take-off’ had Fahad playing the Indian ambassador to Iraq. The movie was based on real life incidents that happened during the Iraq war, and dealt with the rescue of Malayali nurses who had gotten stranded at the front. The movie had Parvathy and Kunchako Boban playing prominent characters.
Annayum Rasoolum (2013)
‘Annayum Rasoolum’ was part of the new generation wave in Malayalam cinema, and was made by award-winning director
Rajeev Ravi. The movie depicted the life of the city poor of Kochi. Fahad played a taxi driver who gets caught in a crime gang. How love, greed and friendship shapes his life, forms the crux of the story.
6. Chappa Kurish (2011)
‘Chappa Kurish’ revolved around a stolen mobile phone, a leaked sex-tape, and a ruined marriage. This thriller by
Sameer Thahir had Fahad playing a young techie, in search of the man who stole his phone and thus, ruined his life.
7. Amen (2013)
‘Amen’ was a musical-comedy-drama by
Lijo Jose Pellissery, and had Fahad playing an instrumentalist in the church band. This experimental movie was a sleeper hit, and Fahad played his part, bringing to life the loving, innocent Solomon. The movie also had
Kalabhavan Mani, and Indrajith in important roles.
Iyobinte Pusthakam (2014)
'Iyobinte Pusthakam’ had Fahad and Lal playing a father-son duo. Set among the Nilgiris, the story revolved around sibling rivalry, Independence struggle, and the rise of communism in the hills. Fahad won over many hearts with his portrayal of a tough, but good-at-heart Aloshy. The Amal Neerad directorial also had Vinayakan in a prominent role.
9. North 24 Kaatham (2013)
A feel good-travel movie, this
Anil Radhakrishnan Menon directorial had Swathi Reddy,
Nedumudi Venu, and Chemban Vinod in lead roles along with Fahad. The story revolves around four strangers who travel together on a hartal day in Kerala. Fahad’s portrayal of a neat freak who turns a new leaf was well received by the audience.
‘Akam’ is a fantasy-horror-drama, with Fahad playing the role of a young man who suspects his wife of being a yakshi. The film, and Fahad’s portrayal of the insanely imaginative husband, received critical acclaim. ‘Akam’ is considered one of the best among Malayalam horror movies.