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Best Malayalam movies of 2011

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There is still 3 more weeks towards the end of 2011, but I think this is a good time to find out our “Best” artists of the Malayalam film industry for the year of 2011. It’s just a little early but its a good time for an estimate. I encourage all the readers to post your opinions, if you were a part of a jury to give out the awards.

Any way this is what I would give, if I was a member of any award jury.

Best Director – Lijo Jose Pellisserry – City of God
Best Screenplay – Shyam Pushkaran & Dileesh Nair- Salt N’ Pepper
Best Actor – Indrajith – City of God
Best Actress – Kavya Madhavan – Khaddama
Best Cinematography – Shyju Khaild – Traffic & Salt N’Pepper
Best Editing – Manoj – City of God
Best Music (bgm) – Prashant Pillai – City of God
Best Supporting Actor – Jagathy Sreekumar – Urumi
Best Supporting Actress – Parvathi Menon – City of God

Best Film – Traffic- Listen Stephen
Best Popular Film – Indian Rupee – Prithviraj, Santhosh Sivan, Shaji Nateshan

Special Jury Mention:
Jayasurya – Beautiful (actor)
Sameer Thahir – Chappa Kurish (director)
Anoop Menon – Beautiful (screen writer)
Santosh Sivan – Urumi (cinematographer)

Editor’s Note: Reader comments are welcome. Any comments with words ChinaTown, Tejabhai etc would be deleted- vc

 

22 Comments

  1. Best Director – Rajesh Pillai – Traffic
    Best Screenplay – Anoop Menon- Beautiful
    Best Actor – Indrajith – City of God
    Best Actress – Kavya Madhavan – Khaddama
    Best Cinematography – Shyju Khaild – Traffic & Salt N’Pepper
    Best Editing – – Traffic
    Best Music (bgm) – Shahbaz Aman – Indian Rupee
    Best Supporting Actor – Jagathy Sreekumar – Urumi,Indian Rupee
    Best Supporting Actress – Reeja Venugopal,Parvathy Menon – Indian Rupee,City of God respectively

    Best Film – Traffic- Listen Stephen
    Best Popular Film – Indian Rupee – Prithviraj, Santhosh Sivan, Shaji Nateshan

    Special Jury Mention:
    Jayasurya – Beautiful (actor)
    Aashiq Abu –Salt N pepper (director)
    Bobby and Sanjay– (screen writers)
    Santosh Sivan – Urumi (cinematographer)

  2. Best Director – Lijo Jose Pellisserry – City of God
    Best Screenplay – Shyam Pushkaran – Dileesh Nair – Salt N Pepper
    Best Actor – Indrajith – City of God
    Best Actress – Kavya Madhavan – Khaddama
    Best Cinematography – Satheesh Kurup– Pranayam
    Best Editing – Don Max – Chappa Kurish
    Best Music (bgm) – Shahbaz Aman – Indian Rupee , M Jayachandran Pranayam
    Best Supporting Actor (tough one) – Jagathy Sreekumar – Urumi,Indian Rupee ,Anupam Kher – Pranayam , Thilakan (Indian Rupee)

    Best Supporting Actress – Rima Kallingal – City of God

    Best Film – City of God
    Best Popular Film – Salt ‘N’ Pepper,India Rupee

    Special Jury Mention:
    Vineeth Srinivasan – Chappa Kurish (Actor)
    Aashiq Abu –Salt N pepper (director)
    Shankar Ramakrishnan – Urumi (Story)
    August Cinema – Indian Rupee & Urumi (Production)

  3. Nothing for Santhosh Pandit???

    Maybe we should also have a Golden Raspberry Award…

  4. Best Director – Rajesh Pillai – Traffic
    Best Screenplay – bobby sanjay-traffic
    Best Actor – mohanlal/anupam kher-pranayam
    Best Actress – Kavya Madhavan – Khaddama/jayaprada-pranayam
    Best Cinematography – santhosh sivan-urumi
    Best Editing – – Traffic
    Best Music (bgm) – Shahbaz Aman – Indian Rupee
    Best Supporting Actor – Jagathy Sreekumar – Urumi,Indian Rupee

    Best Popular Film – salt and pepper,traffic

  5. 2011 has definitly been a year of change in the industry. New and different films have cone out this year. This might be a beginning of a new “golden era”. I don’t think I’ve seen such a difference the year before or during the ’00 decade. Hope more new films will come and hope the audiences support those filmmakers.

  6. Malayalam audiences were’nt ready for Lijo Pellissery’s ‘City of God’.. they found it too confusing, boring etc.. hence its failure at the box office. Other good films that did not get the recognition that they deserved were Melvilasam, Chappa Kurishu & Beautiful.

    Anyway 2011 is surely the beginning of a renaissance in Malayalam Cinema.. Fresh thinking young film-makers have begun to make their mark and achieve success too, while veteran film-makers like Joshi, Satyan Anthikad, Shaji Kailas, Kamal, Shafi, Priyadarsan, Jayaraj etc have been given the message from the movie-going public that its about time they stop wasting producer’s money on worthless stale films and gracefully retire!

  7. I can’t give out an awards list, but this is a list of my top 10:

    Top 10
    (in no particular order)
    1) Adaminte Makan Abu
    2) Traffic
    3) City of God
    4) Salt N’Pepper
    5) Chappa Kurish
    6) Urumi
    7) Indian Rupee
    8) Melvilasom
    9) Beautiful
    10) Pranayam

  8. I would like to see Pranayam into the Top 10.

  9. my picks

    1. chappa kurishu

    2. adaminte makan abu

    3. indian rupee

    4. traffic

    5. urumi/salt n pepper/pranayam

    6.beautiful

    7. city of god

    8. melvilsam

  10. Good news is that we have atleast 10 good movies this year to rank!!..Well done in 2011, expecting a better 2012 and in coming years…

  11. @writer….r u promoting city of god ?felt like that..

  12. I was lucky to catch the movie City Of God on TV for Christmas. I was extremely glad that a movie like came out in Malayalam , But was disappointed when i found out the movie was a commercial failure . I am a movie buff living in Chennai and i as a rule avoid all Vijay and Ajith movies . It brings me great pain that our Mallu audience has a great interest in these movies but cannot appreciate the good stuff , coming out from our backyard. I cannot in all my conscience see a movie like City Of God failing at the Tamil B.O . I had great respect for our mallu audience but it seems over time they prefer the crass , crappy masala fare rather than sensible movies . I hope the makers of COG release the DVD , As it has a good word of mouth and hopefully they would recoup some money from these streams at least.
    As an audience they should be receptive to all kinds of sensible movies. The tamil audience has been more receptive over the past few years and that has been the success of movies like Myna,Engeyum Epothum , Aaranya Kandam , Kathal , Chennai 600028, Veyil .All of these are movies made under strict financial constraints with almost new faces and new technicians , But the script was the winner here and the movies became successes because of strong word of mouth . The success of these movies enables others directors to come out with new scripts and the producers to back them up . Malayalam cinema’s strength has always has been STORY oriented movies and never star oriented movies . It’s only been in the last decade that we have seen the rise of the star as opposed to the story . And 2011 , The starting year of the decade is in fact a landmark for Malayalam cinema because a movie like Salt n Pepper ,which has two 40-50 year old’s has the protagonists , was a commercial success and the movies like Traffic is a strong indicator for the change that is happening . If only the audience could wise up to accepting movies like Adaminte Makan Abu and City Of God and making them commercial success , Imagine the amount the good cinema we can witness in the next few years .

  13. you should have decided on this by taking a survey (by only including real talents, and not existed but died out talents) etc and then may be spread this list in some imgaes through FB/Twitter etc. That would have been a real good boost for teams behind salt n pepper, city of god, traffic, chappa kurish, beautiful etc….

  14. Top 10 Malayalam movies of 2011 what mhd fazal and lijas choose: 1.Adaminte makan abu
    2.Traffic
    3.Indian rupee
    4.Beutiful
    5.urumi
    6.Salt ‘n’ pepper
    7.Pranayam
    8.Ghaddama
    9.Melvilasam/Chappakkurish
    10.Swapna sanchari

  15. 1. traffic
    2. rajesh pillai. traffic
    3.

  16. ORMA MATHRAM had some good performance from Dileep in a serious role, even though the film was slow and boring, the performance by actors were really commendable especially the performance of the child (Dileep’s son) was very natural and superb. Priyanka Nair did extremely well. It is unfortunate that the film which showed Dileep in a serious role flopped at the box office.

  17. Pranayam was hands down the best Malayalam movie of 2011. That being said, I have heard that it is copied from an Australian movie called Innocence. I haven’t seen that so can’t vouch for how original it is.

  18. City of God,Salt and Pepper pretty much over rated movies..City of God poor direction,seems the director is trying to copy RGV,weird camera angles,a sort of stylized acting which i find pretty much superficial..Salt and Pepper spoilt by Lal’s over acting and fake emotions even though I have to accept story was fresh..

    • What to you mean by COG was overrated? It was box-office poison, and it never won any awards. It was neither commercially or critically appreciated. It was the most underrated Malayalam film of 2011.

  19. I never thought in a million years that Vellaripravinte Changathi would even get any awards, let alone the Best Actor award.

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