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2016 has been a pretty good year for both the Malayalam actresses and the industry. We were fortunate enough to witness some exceptional women-centric films and some fantastic performances by our actresses, this year.
The incredible audience response towards the leading ladies of our industry again proved that Malayalam movies have come a long way when it comes to the heroine concepts. We no longer believes in the so-called 'perfect lady' concept.
Vote for your favourite actress and help us to choose Best Malayalam Actress of the year, after going through the nominations given below....
Nayantara (Puthiya Niyamam)
Nayantara left awestruck with her incredible performance as a revenge-driven housewife, in AK Sajan's Puthiya Niyamam. The role was a total break for the actress from the arm candy roles, and she even managed to outshine Mammootty, the leading man with her screen presence.
Manju Warrier (Vettah, Karinkunnam Sixes)
Manju Warrier performances as a brave police officer in Vettah and ambitious volleyball coach in Karinkunnam Sixes, were truly refreshing and praiseworthy. She scored with her appealing yet balanced act in both the films.
Aparna Balamurali (Maheshinte Prathikaaram)
Aparna Balamurali won the hearts of the Malayali audiences with her super-confident performance as Jimsy in Maheshinte Prathikaaram. She made a mark in the industry with her charming screen presence, despite being a debutante.
Sai Pallavi (Kali)
Sai Pallavi proved that she is not just another pretty face, with her exceptional performance in Sameer Thahir's Kali. She played the character Anjali, a young woman who struggles with her husband's anger-management issues, to near perfection.
Rajisha Vijayan (Anuraga Karikkin Vellam)
Rajisha Vijayan, the debutante actress astonished us with her brilliant performance as Elizabeth aka Eli, a doting yet annoying girlfriend, in Anuraga Karikkin Vellam. It is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable performances of the year.
Vedhika (James And Alice)
The character of Alice was truly a challenge for Vedhika, who was earlier known for her glamorous roles. But the actress made us wonder-struck with her matured performance as a young woman, who demands a divorce from her workaholic husband.
Mamtha Mohandas (Thoppil Joppan)
Mamtha Mohandas scored with her charming screen presence in the Mammootty starrer Thoppil Joppan. She once again proved her exceptional comic timing with her performance in the movie.
Kavya Madhavan (Pinneyum)
Kavya Madhavan excelled as Devi, the wife of an unemployed man, in Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Dileep movie, Pinneyum. It is undoubtedly one of the career best performances of the actress.
In this year, the industry saw the growth of several leading ladies from a total no-performer to an excellent actress. Actresses like Nayantara and Vedhika received the chances to break the stereotype and experiment with the character.
It was not a commercially satisfying year for Manju Warrier, who is widely known as the lady superstar of Malayalam movie industry. But we are really glad that Manju took a break from the 'unhappy wife' roles, and started experimenting.
Parvathy, who was the star of 2015, had no releases this year. But, we have got some witnessed the debut of some really promising young actresses, including Aparna Balamurali, Rajisha Vijayan, Prayaga Martin, etc., in 2016.