Best in Malayalam Movies -2010 (MovDet List)

Best Movie - Athmakadha
Athmakadha is a movie which looks at the life of a blind person in a positive way.Though we have popularised the words differently abled and visually challenged in place of  the words disabled and blind,how much the attitude have changed is a different thing.In that case just think of a situation where a person with a good eyesight would gradually lose his vision and he/she is aware.Any person would be in a state of denial at first and feel his/her world turning upside down.Such a movie holds value for everyone,since anyone would face such a situation in their life.Director Premlal has taken care to keep the momentum of the movie in compatibility with the sequence of the happenings and also end the movie on a positive note defying the normal reality,which is also appreciable.

Best Director - Lijo Jose Pellissery (Nayakan)

Nayakan was a difficult movie to be conceived as well as to be executed.What makes it difficult is its narrative style.The narrative style follows many of the Kathakali dance form's rituals and sequence namely purappadu 
(intro of the main character,always a good one),kelikkai (the setting of the premise),thodayam(praying to the gods) and kalasham (where the actor is at max liberty to express his skills),since the protagonist is a kathakali performer.To implant a revenge drama into a movie in such a format is no mean task.The director has been able to overcome minor loopholes and slight elongation of the script.Further the actors,the background music,cinematography and all other technical details matters here, and the director has been capable of holding together all these in an effective manner.

Best Actor - Thalaivasal Vijay (Yugapurushan)

Thalaivasal Vijay literally lives out in the film as Sree Narayana Guru.The fact that the knowledge of the social reforms and the society at that period of time would have been from the makers of the film or the books or articles introduced to him by them since he's from another state does not show up in his performance.His potrayal of the Guru has ample serenity,divinity and charm.The actor is successful in bringing to life both the emotional as well as the physical aspects of the character.

Best Actress - Sharbani Mukherjee(Sufi Paranja Katha)

Sharbani excels as Karthyayani and Suhara,a woman from a feudal family background who is independent still adjusts but gets her way.The portrayal of a woman who goes through several realizations of herself as well as the society and people around her which influence her own responses and expressions is safe with the actress.She is subtly expressive,arrestingly flirtatious and adorably demanding each where the scene requires her to be so.It is Sharbani's portrayal which gives the believability to the character which has to follow various religious customs,dependencies and adjustments yet hold on to her own.

Best Supporting Actor - Jayasurya(Cocktail)

Jayasurya intrigues,irrirates,intimidates and wins our empathy as Venkatesh who has to settle a score with Ravi,the protagonist of the movie.The actor revels as the character which springs into the movie from nowhere and takes on from there keeping us engaged in the proceedings.

Best Supporting Actress - Urvashi (Mummy & Me)

As the over-involving and  confused yet concerned mother of a teenage girl,Urvashi is at home with her performance.Be it the frustrations when her daughter does not pay heed to her words or the fear of a protective mother out of concern for her,you get to see the seasoned performer in actress
 Urvashi .

Best Script - Mohan Raghavan (T D Dasan Std VIB)
The movie looks,through the verbal interactions between two kids at two different places,at how our minds and thoughts get corrupted as we get older.While on one side,where the kid's minds present positivity and goodness,on the other side the elders think of exploiting or utilizing the available premise and concern for their own commercial success than doing something about it.It also shows the world that if you present a sob story,there would be takers for the story and not for the characters or lives in that story.This would help the story teller to be celebrated and have commercial success while the world moves on doing nothing more than superficial sympathizing.The script effectively says these things as much subtly as it is on the face.The script also has to be appreciated for throwing light on to the underground water exploitation and other social issues without deviating from the main story.

Best Debut (Male) - Nivin Pauly (Malarvadi Arts Club)

Nivin Pauly was the lead of Vineeth Sreenivasan's directorial debut Malarvadi arts club.He debuted among a host of other debutants in the movie and did a fine job,at places outshone the others as well.As the struggler,the friend and the attempter he made a convincing debut.

Best Debut (Female) - Ann Augustine(Elsamma Enna Aankutty)
Ann Augustine made an appreciable debut as a girl who has to take care of her younger sisters  and has to toil for that.At the same time she has her own concepts of social responsibilty and never compromises on that.Ann proved herself the right choice as the bold,friendly and responsible young woman.

Best Music -M.Jayachandran (Shikar)
Shikar told the story of a naxalite revenge creating havoc in a person's life and his efforts to emerge out of it.The songs had to convey the romance, the suspense,the elan and the remembrance all in a commercial format and the task was safe in the hands of experienced M.Jayachandran.So the album had 2 beautiful melodies,a carnival song and a revolutionary song all chartbusters.


Blogger's personal opinion based on what he felt was the best in 2010.No claims of virtues to assess a movie or its aspects,but an exercise as an ordinary viewer and could be influenced by individual biases and prejudices .Thank you.

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