Malayalam Cinema is all set to bid goodbye to 2015 with some highly anticipated Christmas releases. It is the time to evaluate the achievements of the industry at various categories in the passing year. So, let us have a look into the musical journey of Malayalam Cinema in 2015.
2015 was a good year for the Malayalam film music industry. The major achievement of the musical industry this year was Gopi Sundar's National Award. Gopi won the National Film Award for Best Background Score, for his work in Abrid Shine's 1983.
Some popular movies of the year, including Premam, Ennu Ninte Moideen, Kohinoor etc turned up to be the real musical treats for the audience. Premam stands out in the crowd with its stunningly different musical album; while Ennu Ninte Moideen earned appreciations for the soulful music.
Kohinoor was a great comeback for Rahul Raj, who is undoubtedly one of the most underrated musicians of the industry. It is commendable that the film music is going back to the glorious melody era; unlike the last few highly disappointing years.
When it comes to the music composition, Bijibal and Gopi Sundar top the list with the maximum number of movies. It is praiseworthy that both the musicians equally excel in songs and background score. But we would like them to cut down the number of movies, so that they can avoid making repetitive songs.
2015 undoubtedly belongs to Vijay Yesudas, who has already established himself as the leading male singer of the industry. Vijay stole the hearts with some exceptional songs, including Malare (Premam), Kannondu Chollanu (Ennu Ninte Moideen), Hemanthamen (Kohinoor) etc.
Among the female singers, it is Shreya Ghoshal who made a mark with some beautiful melodies. Her prominent songs include Kannondu Chollanu, Kaathirunnu (Ennu Ninte Moideen), Mele Mele (Life Of Josutty), Mohabbat Mein (Anarkali) etc.
Popular singers, including P Jayachandran, Hariharan, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Najim Arshad, Swetha Mohan, Shahabas Aman, Manjari etc also excelled with some exceptional songs this year. The new sensations in the field are Mohammed Maqbool Mansoor (Mukkathe Penne) and KS Harishankar (Various Songs).
Here we present the top 15 songs of 2015... Have a look...
Malare is undoubtedly the 'song of the year'. Vijay Yesudas just mesmerized the listeners with his soulful voice, in the song composed by Rajesh Murugesan. Malare is penned by Shabareesh Varma.
Mukkathe Penne (Ennu Ninte Moideen)
Mukkathe Penne, the song which is penned and sung by Mohammed Maqbool Mansoor, along with its composer Gopi Sundar, emerged as the chartbuster of the year by trending on Youtube for several weeks. It is quite hard to describe how the song makes you feel.
Another romantic track sung by Vijay Yesudas. The song, which was highly similar to the melodies of 80's era, is penned BK Harinarayanan and composed by talented musician Rahul Raj.
Enno Njanente (Amar Akbar Anthony)
The song, which is sung by Baby Shreya stole millions of hearts. It was quite unbelievable that the song is composed by the director of the movie, Nadhirshah, who is popular for his parody tracks.
Vaanam Chaayum (Anarkali)
Another beautiful melody by Vidyasagar-Rajeev Nair team. The song is sung by 21-year-old singer KS Harinarayanan, the grand nephew of popular singer MG Sreekumar and late musician of MG Radhakrishnan.
Malarvaka Kombathu (Ennum Eppozhum)
This song is a gem for the diehard Jayachandran fans. The 'Bhavagayakan' of Malayalam stole the hearts with this melody, composed by Vidyasagar. But sadly, the female version was disappointing.
Kaikkottum Kandittilla (Oru Vadakkan Selfie)
A surprising entry into the list. But the song is definitely worth it, as it proved the versatility of the super-talented singer Vaikom Vijayalakshmi. Undoubtedly the best fast number of the year. The song is composed by Shaan Rahman and penned by Vineeth Sreenivasan.
I Love You Mummy (Bhaskar The Rascal)
Even though there were copyright issues, I Love You Mummy went on to be the 'favourite of families'. The song, which is composed by Deepak Dev and sung by his daughter Devika, made a record by crossing about 73 Lakhs views in Youtube.
Manju Peyyumee (Mili)
This soothing melody from the motivational movie Mili, is sung by Najim Arshad and Mridula Warrier. The song is composed by Gopi Sundar and the lyrics is penned by BK Harinarayanan.
Vasanthamallike (Chandrettan Evideya)
The song was a surprise for the listeners, who are very familiar with the usual style of composer Prashant Pillai. Vasanthamallike is penned by Santhosh Varma and sung by Haricharan-Preethi Pillai duo.
Njanoru Malayali (Jilebi)
This earthly song from Jilebi made a mark with veteran singer P Jayachandran's heavenly voice. Bijibal's tunes and East Coast Vijayan's lyrics were just beautiful.
Padiyirangunnu, the song sung by Hariharan in Pathemari, will surely evoke the emotions of the listeners. The song is composed by Bijibal and penned by Rafeeq Ahamed.
Ee Mizhikalen (Ormayundo Ee Mukham)
One of the most beautiful duets of the year. The song, which is composed by Shaan Rahman, is penned by Vineeth Sreenivasan and sung by himself, along with Mrudula Warrier.
Varoo Pokaam Parakkaam (Rani Padmini)
This exceptional melody is sung by Swetha Mohan, Devdutt, and Lola. The song which portrayed the childhood of the lead characters is penned by Rafeeq Ahamed and composed by Bijibal.
Ente Janalarikil (Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam)
The song, which marked the collaboration of P Jayachandran with composer Bijibal and lyricist Santhosh Varma, is undoubtedly one of the most soothing melodies of the year.