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Even though 2014 was not-so-good for the Malayalam movies, the industry witnessed some amazing performances by the super talented actors. 2014 is coming to an end and most of the popular film awards will be distributed by the end of 2014 or beginning of 2015. So, it is time to decide who the best actor of this year is.
Mohanlal had three releases this year, including Mr Fraud, Koothara and Peruchazhi. All the three movies delivered an average performance at box office but miserably failed to impress the audience and critics.
Mammootty had seven releases in 2014. The actor's initial releases, Balyakalasakhi, Praise The Lord, Gangster, and Manglish failed to do well at box office. Balyakalasakhi received mixed reviews while the rest of the movies bagged highly negative reviews from the audience and critics. The actor got back to the success track with Rajadhi Raja. His next release Munnariyippu and Varsham earned highly positive reviews from the audience and critics; as well as earned the cult status.
Suresh Gopi had three releases this year. The first release Salaam Kashmir bombed at box office. Apothecary and The Dolphins earned highly positive reviews and did decent business.
Jayaram had 6 releases this year. The actor earned highly positive reviews for his performance in Swapaanam. In the rest of his movies, Mylanchi Monjulla Veedu did an average business; while Salaam Kashmir, Onnum Mindathe, Ulsaha Committee and Njangalde Veettile Athidhikal ended up as big box office failures.
Dileep had 3 releases, including Ring Master, Avathaaram and Villali Veeran. Ring Master was an average grosser while rest of the movies failed to do well.
Biju Menon had 4 releases this including Mannar Mathai Speaking 2, Pakida, Bhaiyya Bhaiyaa and Vellimoonga. Vellimoonga was a huge box office success; while rest were flops.
Prithviraj had 6 releases this year, including the Malayalam dubbed version of his latest Tamil movie Kaaviya Thalaivan. His Malayalam releases include London Bridge, 7th Day, Munnariyippu (cameo), Sapthamashree Thaskaraha and Tamaar Padaar. 7th Day was an average grosser; while Sapthamashree Thasakara was a box office hit. London Bridge and Tamaar Padaar failed to do well.
Fahadh Faasil had 5 releases this year, including One By Two, God’s Own Country, Bangalore Days, Money Ratnam and Iyobinte Pusthakam. Bangalore Days went to become the second ever highest grosser of Malayalam cinema; while Iyobinte Pusthakam also did a decent business. Rest of the movies failed at box office.
Jayasurya had 6 releases including Happy Journey, Apothecary, Iyobinte Pusthakam, Lal Bahadhur Shasthri, Mathai Kuzhappakkaranalla and Seconds. Apothecary and Iyobinte Pusthakam earned highly positive reviews while rest of the movie failed to do well.
Dulquer Salmaan had 5 releases this year. The first two releases Salala Mobiles and Samsaram Arogyathinu Hanikaram were huge failures; while the next movie Bangalore Days emerged as the biggest hit of the year.Vikramadithyan also did well at box office. His next release Njaan, in which he essayed double role, earned highly positive reviews from audience and critics.
Nivin Pauly is the star of the year with 4 consecutive box office hits. The actor has 4 releases this year; including Vikramadithyan in which he appeared in cameo role. His other movies including 1983, Om Shanti Oshana and Bangalore Days did extremely well at box office.
Mammootty earned huge critical acclaims for his performances in the movies Munnariyippu and Varsham. The actor mesmerized the audience with his portrayal of ex-convict C K Raghavan in Munnariyippu and Venu, a doting father, in Varsham.
Even though the movie was a huge flop at box office; Mohanlal made the audience awestruck with his extended cameo performance as Usthad Saali, in Koothara. Despite the fact that the role is too small; the actor surely deserves a best actor nomination.
Suresh Gopi (Apothecary)
Suresh Gopi excelled as a guilt-driven senior surgeon Dr Vijay Nambiar in Apothecary. It was a comeback for the actor, who has been going through a low phase in his career. It is doubtlessly one of the finest performances of the actor till date.
Fahadh Faasil (One By Two, Iyobinte Pusthakam)
Fahadh Faasil makes an entry into the list his excellent performances as a policeman, who suffers from a mental imbalance in One By Two and a young comrade, who fights against his father and siblings in Iyobinte Pusthakam.
Dulquer Salmaan (Njaan)
Dulquer Salmaan enters the nominations with his excellent portrayal of KTN Kottur and Ravi Chandrasekhar, in the movie Njaan. The actor went through a complete image makeover with his character KTN Kottur and stole the show with his balanced performance.
Biju Menon (Vellimoonga)
Biju Menon makes a surprise entry into the nomination list of best actors, with his only solo movie of the year, Vellimoonga. The actor amazed the audience with his exuberant screen presence and impeccable comic timing.
Nivin Pauly (Special Mention)
It won't be fair, if we fail to mention Nivin Pauly, the actor who delivered the maximum number of box office hits in 2014. Nivin had 4 releases this year, and all the four movies emerged as blockbusters. He surely deserves a special applause for his charming performance in Bangalore Days.
Jayaram (Special Mention)
Even though he failed to deliver box office hits this year; Jayaram deserves a special mentioning for his stunning performance as chenda artist Unni, in Swapaanam. It is doubtlessly one of the best performances by the actor till date.