Malayalam film industry had a happy 2016 and why not, the quality of the movies released in the last year, was on the higher side. While reviewing the year 2016, all eyes would be upon films like Pulimurugan, Oppam, Action Hero Biju etc., which were big money spinners but here we have opted for a different take.
Out of the 188 Malayalam movies released in 2016, the audiences did misinterpret some movies during the time of its release. These movies definitely deserved more and hence, we consider it as the most underrated films 0f 2016.
Here, we are taking you through 7 most underrated Malayalam movies of 2016, which were overlooked due to various reasons..
Malgudi Days, which was one of the first releases of the year 2016, was a decent attempt by a group of newcomers. The film had a different storyline and was based on a true incident. A neatly made film that was way better than many other duds released in 2016.
If Monsoon Mangoes was released after Maheshinte Prathikaaram, the film might have ended up as a decent hit. The movie had its heart at the right place but catered to only a section of audiences. But, there is no denying the fact that the movie was a quality one.
Leela, directed by Ranjith was one of the most ill-fated movies of 2016. The film was largely misinterpreted by a section of audiences and received negative reviews upon its release. The film that was based on the book of the same name written by Unni R was in fact a decent adaptation of the book.
James And Alice
Sujith Vaassudev's debut directorial venture was rather a serious take on husband-wife relationship. He opted to narrate an intense tale and the film stayed loyal to its genre. But, the movie didn't fetch the result that it deserved and gained popularity only upon its DVD release.
Rosshan Andrrews-Bobby Sanjay team came up with this movie, which was one of the most awaited movies of 2016. The audiences had expected a thriller but what they got was a movie with an important social message. But, the film went on to receive positive reviews upon its DVD release.
Biju Menon starrer Olappeeppi directed by cinematographer Krish Kymal, did have a low profile release. The film, that was high on emotional content was successful in evoking nostalgia in the viewers.
Well, this movie was badly affected by the big movies that got released along with. The film, made it to the theatres during the Pooja season and faced stiff competition from Pulimurugan and Thoppil Joppan. The movie, which was in fact a clean entertainer with loads of fun moments, didn't get much noticed.
In fact, various factors like lack of proper marketing, wrong time of release etc., did affect the majority of the movies in the list.
Well, from the above mentioned list, movies like James And Alice and School Bus went on to garner fans upon its DVD release. The case of Guppy, which was one of the best movies of 2016 was different. The film which received extremely positive reviews upon its release couldn't make it big at the box office but later the movie went on to earn fans. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that some of the Malayalam movies from the above list are way better than some of the hits of 2016.