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The Sleeper Hits: Malayalam Films Which Proved That Pre-release Hype Doesn't Matter!

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How many times have we seen films with low star value, and not much hype surrounding them, making big money at the box-office? The answer would have been 'less often' maybe some years ago,but now we have a different scenario.

Here, we are going to list some of the recent Malayalam films which came in without much hype but emerged as a sleeper hit at the box-office. Take a look.

Urumbukal Urangarilla (2015)

Urumbukal Urangarilla starring Vinay Forrt and Chemban Vinod Jose in the lead roles released alongside Ennu Ninte Moideen. The film directed by Jiju Asokan garnered positive reviews and fetched decent collections at the box-office.

Ithihasa (2014)

Ithihasa released on October 10, 2014 with a host of other Malayalam releases. The film directed by K Binu had Shine Tom Chacko and Anusree in the lead roles. Ithihasa got some great reviews, right from the day one of its release and emerged as a sleeper hit.

Vellimoonga (2014)

In 2014, Biju Menon definitely had a great time as a supporting actor, as most of his films were emerging as hits. Vellimoonga released on September 25, 2014 without much fanfare, but the film went on to make it big at the box-office. The film was one of the highest grossers of 2014.

Neram (2013)

Neram had Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nazim in the lead roles. But, back in 2013, they were not such big names, like now. Moreover, the film, helmed by Alphonse Puthren, had a host of newcomers in the technical department. The film went on to be a hit even after facing stiff competition from films like Mumbai Police.

Shutter (2013)

The success of Shutter directed by Joy Mathew was an energy booster for Malayalam cinema. The film which won many awards at various festival circuits found it hard to get to the theatres as the film was branded as an off-beat film. But upon release, audiences lapped up the film.

Nee Ko Njaa Chaa

This film which released on January 4, 2013, could be considered as one of the first sleeper hits of the new generation era. Nee Ko Njaa Cha had a group of young actors like Sunny Wayne, Sanju Sivaram, Parvathy Nair, Sija Rose etc. in the lead roles. The film directed by debutante Gireesh was a success at the box-office.


Success of these films reiterates the fact that quality is what matters the most. There has been a shift in the attitudes of audiences which indeed is a welcome sign. The audiences now assess films not just considering the star power or the big production values alone.

The latest entrant to this list is Happy Wedding, which is having a decent run at the theatres in Kerala. The film directed by debutante Omar has actors like Siju Wilson, Sharafudheen, Soubin Shahir, Justin John, Anu Sithara, Drishya, Sudhi Koppa, Saiju Kurup etc. in the main roles.

Happy Wedding released on May 20, 2016 alongside big films like Kammatipaadam and Aadupuliyattam and according to the reports, the film has done a decent business so far. The film is holding on well in centres like Ernakulam where multiplex collections are good.

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