2014 is coming to an end and it is time to choose the best of the year. When it comes to Malayalam movies, 2014 was not a fruitful year and the industry has not been able to repeat the success of last year. Approximately 140 movies have been released in Mollywood in 2014, but only a few of them managed to taste the success.
Malayalam cinema did extremely well in 2012 and 2013, with amazingly crafted movies and huge commercial successes. But in 2014, the industry witnessed big box office disasters as well as a fall down in the excellence of making. There are so many movies which did well at the box office, but there are only a few which grabbed critical acclaims.
The first mainstream release of 2014 was Salala Mobiles, directed by Sharath A Haridaasan. The movie which had Dulquer Salmaan and Nazriya Nazim in the lead roles was a box office disaster and earned highly negative reviews from both audience and critics. The first box office success of the year was Abride Shine directed 1983, which had Nivin Pauly in the lead role.
The biggest hit of the year was Bangalore Days, directed by Anjali Menon. The movie consists of a huge star cast including Fahadh Faasil, Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nazim, Parvathy, Isha Talwar, Nithya Menen etc. The movie went on to become the second highest grosser ever of Malayalam cinema.
Mammootty starrer Gangster, directed by Aashiq Abu and Mohanlal starrer Mr Fraud, directed by B Unnikrishnan etc were some of the highly anticipated movies which miserably failed at the box office. Om Shanti Oshana, 7th Day, Ring Master, How Old Are You, Angry Babies, Vikramadithyan, Sapthamashree Thaskaraha, Vellimoonga, Varsham etc are the commercially successful movies of 2014.
The important milestone of 2014 was the comeback of popular actress Manju Warrier. The actress made her comeback into movies with How Old Are You, directed by Roshan Andrews and penned by popular scenarist duo Bobby-Sanjay. The movie emerged as a huge critical and commercial success and Manju won the Asia Vision film award for Best Actress, for her performance.
Here we bring you the list of the Best Movies of 2014, which were selected on the basis of excellence in scripting, making, technical aspects and performance at the box office.
Munnariyippu, directed by Venu is doubtlessly one of the best movies of 2014 and Mammootty's career. The movie stands out for its portrayal of a complex story line in a simple yet distinctive narrative style, which makes the audience think. The plus point of the movie is the flawless script and crispy dialogues by Unni R. Mammootty delivered his best performance in the recent times as C K Raghavan. Aparna Gopinath proves her mettle with her amazing performance. All these factors make Munnariyippu an extraordinary movie experience.
Bangalore Days, directed by Anjali Menon is the highest grosser of 2014 and second highest grosser ever of Malayalam cinema. The movie is doubtlessly the best entertainer of the recent times. Bangalore Days consists of a huge star cast including Fahadh Faasil, Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nazim, Parvathy, Isha Talwar, Nithya Menen etc. The movie was equally welcomed by the Malayali audience as well as the other language audience and has become highly popular all over the world. It is another movie which can be enlisted as the best movie of 2014.
Apothecary, directed by Madhav Ramadasan, is one of the best emotional thrillers of Malayalam cinema. The movie, which revolves around the inner conflicts of Dr. Vijay Nambiar, who works for Apothecary Super specialty hospital and the patients who enter his life. Lead actors Suresh Gopi, Jayasurya and Asif Ali delivered their best performances in the movie. It is Jayasurya, who stole the show with his exceptional acting talents. Apothecary is definitely one of the best movies of 2014.
Jayaram delivered his best performance till date as Chenda artist Unni in Shaji N Karun directed Swapaanam. The movie depicts the life of a Chenda artist Unni and his relationship with Mohiniyattam dancer Nalini, which spoils his talent and meets a a tragical end. Popular Odissi dancer Kadambari essayed the character Nalini in the movie. Swapaanam is doubtlessly one of the classic movies of 2014.
1983, which marked the directorial debut of popular photographer Abride Shine, is the first box office hit of 2014. The movie, which has Nivin Pauly in the lead role, depicts the cricket craze of Malayalis. 1983 earned highly positive reviews from both audience&critics and is doubtlessly one of the movies of Nivin Pauly's career. It is one of the best movies of 2014.
Iyobinte Pusthakam managed to enter the best movies list of 2014, with the technical excellence. It is doubtlessly the best visual experience ever in Malayalam cinema. Director Amal Neerad deserves a special mentioning for visualizing an average script in such a brilliant narrative pattern. Lal essayed the title character Iyob, Fahadh Faasil played Aloshy and Jayasurya portrayed antagonist Angoor Ravuther. All the actor played the characters to near perfection; especially Jayasurya. The rich visualization makes Iyobinte Pusthakam, one of the best movie experiences of 2014.
How Old Are You
How Old Are You, directed by Roshan Andrews marked the comeback of popular actress Manju Warrier. The actress paired up with Kunchako Boban in the movie, for the first time in her career. How Old Are You, which was penned by Bobby-Sanjay duo, discussed about the lives of middle-aged housewives who completely avoids their dreams and passions for family. The movie, which also conveys the importance of organic farming, emerges as a huge critical and commercial success. How Old Are You, is doubtlessly one of the best movies of 2014.