In earlier cinema, Malayalam movies had earned a bad rep for being too unrealistic with the stories and action sequences. Although all film industries including Bollywood have some movies that are just way too unreal. However, Malayalam cinema over the years have been breaking this stereotype and releasing movies that are not only great in term of story and visuals but also have global appeal. Especially in the last decade, Malayalam films like Drishyam have broken box office records and have been adapted by Bollywood as well. Here we have made a list of the best Malayalam movies that have been released in 2021.
If you’re open to watching regional movies or are a Malayali who wants to explore more Malayalam movies, here is the list of best Malayalam movies to watch in 2021 so far:
The story of Joji is inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Fahadh Faasil is the lead actor in the movie and plays the role of an engineering dropout who belongs to a wealthy family of plantation owner. Joji aspires to become super wealthy and does things following shocking events in the family. The movie is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
2. Drishyam 2
After the huge success of the first installment of Drishyam, Jeethu Joseph and Mohanlal have teamed up again for the second part of the story called Drishyam 2. Drishyam has been one of the best malayalam movies ever and part two resumes the story of Georgekutty’s life. The movie is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Vellam is the story of Murli, a man struggling with alcoholism and eve-teasing. Due to these issues, he is kind of a burden on his family. He has a wife and daughter and he often lies to them for money to get alcohol. The story of the film is based on the real-life struggles of Murali Kunumpurath, a Kerala businessman who turned his life around from being an alcoholic to a top-class businessman. One of the best Malayalam movies of 2021 and is available to stream on Jio Cinema.
4. Kho Kho
Written and Directed by Rahul Riji Nair, Kho-Kho is a sports-drama Malayalam movie starring Rajisha Vijayan, Maitha Baiju, and many more. The story of the movie revolves around an all-girls school and how they form a kho kho team. This Malayalam movie released recently in April 2021.
5. The Priest
A supernatural horror mystery film, The Priest is a 2021 Malayalam movie that released in March. The story of this movie revolves around a priest and a police officer trying to solve a mysterious case of suicide. As they proceed with the investigation many more crimes unravel. This horror movie is said to be one of the best Malayalam movies of 2021 so far and is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
6. Aanum Pennum
An anthology Malayalam movie that showcases three different segments and stories of a relationship between man and woman. All three stories are set in different periods of time in the history of Kerala. Aanum Pennum tells the stories of romance, betrayal and lust between a man and woman.
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Nizhal is a recently released Malayalam mystery thriller movie starring Kunchacko Boban and Nayanthara as lead actors. The story of this film revolves around John Baby, a judicial magistrate who is recouping from a tragic accident. During this, he meets Nitin, an eight-year-old boy who interests him with murder stories, and surprisingly his story matches with rea-time tragic events.
Released in April 2021, Nayattu is a survival thriller starring Kunchacko Boban, Nimisha Sajayan, Joju George and many more. The story of this Malayalam movie revolves around three police officers who run for their lives to escape from an outbreak against them due to unlawful torture and arrest of a civilian that they did. The movie shows the human shades of the police officers.
Kala is a Malayalam thriller movie that released in March 2021. The story of this movie revolves around the character of Shaji. The movie has a lot of action and violence. The movie cast includes Divya Pillai, Tovino Thomas, Sumesh Morr and, more.
Released in January 2021, Vaanku is a family drama film based on the short story of the same name by Unni R. The story of this film revolves around a Muslim girl, Razia who wants to fulfill her dreams like her college teacher but faces different social challenges. The film showcases some real issues that women face in parts of our country. One of the best Malayalam movies of 2021 that makes a social impact.
11. The Great Indian Kitchen
The Great Indian Kitchen is a Malayalam drama film released in January 2021. The movie stars Nimisha Sajayan, Suraj Venjaramoodu and many more. The plot of the film revolves around a married couple where the wife after marriage tries to fit in a traditional household. She gradually feels that she doesn’t want this life. The movie is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
One of the best Malayalam crime-thriller movies of 2021 is Irul. The movie stars actors like starring Fahadh Faasil, Darshana Rajendran & Soubin Shahir. The story of Irul revolves around a couple who seek shelter in a nearby house with a stranger but conversations unravel that there’s a murderer among them. The movie is streaming now on Netflix.
We hope you enjoy watching these best Malayalam movies of 2021 so far and happy binging!