If the trends in Malayalam cinema are an indication, big heroes are no longer needed to make films tick. Or take a look at the films in Malayalam that made news, this year.
Second Show, Ee Adutha Kalathu, Nidra, Ordinary, Mayamohini and 22 Female Kottayam are the most noted films to hit the screens until now, in the first 100 days of 2012.
Of course, not all of these films made money at the cash windows but all these films were noted for its themes and presentation styles. Among the lot, only Mayamohini had a big star (Dileep) playing the hero.
Second Show, with Dulquer Salmaan in the lead, became a hit. Ee Adutha Kaalathu may not have set the cash registers in a big way, but the film was appreciated by many.
Nidra had Sidharth Bharathan and Rima playing the lead and this remake of the Bharathan’s 80s film too was packaged in an impressive way. Ordinary had Kunchacko Boban and Asif Ali but was mainly noted for the superb performances by Biju Menon and Baburaj. The film is soon turning out to be one of the biggest blockbusters in recent times.
Mayamohini gave Dileep a much-needed hit and his efforts to look like a woman, helped in bringing the crowds to the cinemas. Now, last week’s release 22 Female Kottayam is running to packed houses and director Aashiq Abu agrees that it is a female oriented film.
All these are happening in a year when some high profile projects like Casanovva, The King & The Commissioner, Masters, Cobra, Shikari, Spanish Masala and a few others sank without a trace, after all the hype.
Is this an indication of some new change in the preferences of Malayali film viewers? Well, let’s wait for the next few weeks when a few young Turks are all set take on some of the big names in the industry.