2017 is a highly ambitious year for the Malayalam movie industry. After 2016 having ended on a disappointing note, the industry members and audiences are eagerly waiting for 2017 to begin, in the most promising way.
Even though it is yet to be revealed that when the industry is going to have the first mainstream release, the audiences have huge expectations upon the forthcoming projects of 2017.
Have a look at the 10 most awaited Malayalam movies of 2017....
Undoubtedly the most anticipated project of 2017. The movie, which marks the directorial debut of Prithviraj, stars Mohanlal in the lead role. Murali Gopy pens the screenplay for the project, which is produced by Antony Perumbavoor. Lucifer is expected to start rolling in second half of 2017.
The Great Father
This much awaited Mammootty starrer is directed by newcomer Haneef Adeni and produced by Prithviraj, Santhosh Sivan, Shaji Nadesan, and Arya for August Cinema. The Great Father was initially expected to hit the theatres for Christmas 2016, but was later postponed to March 2017.
1971 Beyond Borders
The movie, which is a prequel to the Mohanlal-Major Ravi duo's super hit movie Keerthichakra, is another eagerly awaited projects of the year. The movie, which will feature Mohanlal in double role, is expected to be released in April 2017, as a Vishu special release.
Puthan Panam, the highly anticipated thriller which brings back the Mammootty-Ranjith duo, has already become a talk in the town. The movie, which stars Mammootty in the central role Nithyananda Shenoy, is expected to hit the theatres in March 2017.
Dulquer Salmaan-Amal Neerad Project
The untitled Dulquer Salmaan-Amal Neerad movie is another much awaited projects of the year. The movie, which marks the second collaboration of Dulquer and Amal, is said to be a breezy love story. If things fall in place, the movie will hit the theatres in April 2017, as Dulquer's Vishu release.
Pranav Mohanlal-Jeethu Joseph Project
Pranav Mohanlal, the star kid is all set to make his lead role debut with the upcoming Jeethu Joseph project. The much-awaited untitled project is expected to start rolling soon. The movie reportedly slated to hit the theatres for Onam 2017.
One of the most-talked projects of Mollywood in the recent past. The epic drama, which stars Prithviraj in the title role Karnan, is written and directed by RS Vimal. The movie, which is said to be the most expensive project of Malayalam movie industry, is expected to go on floors by mid-2017.
Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela
The movie, which is the second production venture of Nivin Pauly, is another highly anticipated projects of the year. The project, which is written and directed by Premam fame Althaf is expected to be a complete entertainer. Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela is expected to hit the theatres in May 2017.
The movie, which marks the feature film debut of ad film-maker Rathish Ambat, will feature Dileep in a very different role. The movie, which is scripted by Murali Gopy, also stars Siddharth Narayan in a key role. Kammara Sambhavam is expected to be a big break for Dileep, from his signature masala films.
The movie, which marks the second collaboration of talented actor Fahadh Faasil with his Maheshinte Prathikaaram director Dileesh Pothan, is one of the most awaited films of the year. The team hasn't revealed much details about the movie, which is produced by Urvashi Theatres.
Mammootty and Mohanlal, the stars of the industry have some highly promising projects in 2017 as well. Mohanlal, who tasted grand success in 2016, is expected to repeat the magic in 2017 as well, with the exceptional projects in his kitty.
Apart from Lucifer and 1971 Beyond Borders, the actor has signed some prestigious projects in both Malayalam and Telugu industries, including Vysakh's next. His next release will be Jibu Jacob's Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol.
2017 is a crucial year for Mammootty, who had an average journey in 2016. The megastar has about 7 projects in his kitty this year, including Vysakh's Raja 2, Jeethu Joseph project, scenarist Sethu's directorial debut, Shyam Dhar's next, etc.
Among the youngsters, Prithviraj and Dulquer Salmaan tops the list with the maximum number of projects. Prithvi's upcoming projects include Blessy's Aadujeevitham, Vimaanam, My Story, Tiyaan etc. His next release is the horror thriller, Ezra.
Dulquer Salmaan is all set to release his Sathyan Anthikad project Jomonte Suvisehsangal this month. His other upcoming projects include Bejoy Nambiar's Solo, Lal Jose's Oru Bhayankara Kamukan, Anoop Sathyan Anthikad's directorial debut, etc.