Maniyanpilla Raju and
Anoop Menon in the lead roles. The film directed by ‘
Marthandan’ showed the acting excellence of Prithviraj and Asha Sarath. Prithvi played an alcoholic in the film. Asha played Prithvi’s mother. She was lauded for her bold attempt to play an elderly role. Earlier,
Shobana Chandrakumar Pillai was approached for this role. As she turned down the offer, Asha got the jackpot.
Action Hero Biju
Action Hero Biju is a milestone in the career of
Nivin Pauly. Breaking his chocolate boy image, Nivin had undertaken the cop role for the first time in his career. And this is the first film for him as a producer too.
Anu Emmanuel made her debut as the heroine through this film.
Suraj Venjaramoodu is also in the cast with Nivin. After several postponements, the film released in 2016 and grabbed the attention of every moviegoer in Kerala.
Maheshinte Prathikaaram is featured by
Alencier Ley Lopez and
Anusree Nair. The film is directed by
Dileesh Pothan. After a series of flops, this is the first victorious film for Fahadh. Maheshinte Prathikaaram made Fahadh to prove his talent and retain his place in Mollywood.
Puthiya Niyamam is yet another successful film in the combination of Megastar ‘
Mammootty’ and lady superstar ‘Nayantara’. After the success of “
Bhaskar The Rascal”, the lead pair proved their successful combination with Puthiya Niyamam. They played the intermarried couple in the film directed by ‘A. K. Sajan’.
Rachana Narayanankutty and
Sheelu Abraham played the supporting roles. Mammooka played a lawyer and Nayan played a Kathakali artist.
Jacobinte Swargarajyam is one among the blockbuster hits of 2016. The real-life story of Jacob, a friend of
Vineeth Sreenivasan had been filmed with Nivin Pauly,
Sreenath Bhasi, ‘
Lakshmy Ramakrishnan. Besides directing, Vineeth played a cameo in the film. Initially, Renji’s role was offered to director
Gautham Menon. Due to the floods in Chennai in 2015, the director was unable to attend the shooting in Dubai and hence Renji replaced him.
‘Leela’ is the directorial venture of
Biju Menon and
Parvathy Nambiar played the lead roles. Portrayed the titular role Leela, Parvathy was appreciated by the critics and audiences for her performance. This is the first Mollywood film that was premiered online for the international viewers on the same day of release. '
Sudheer Karamana, ‘
Jagadish’ and ‘
Vijayaraghavan’ played supporting roles.
Kammatti Paadam is one among the top performances of
Dulquer Salmaan in his career, so far. He has undertaken a role to play the middle-aged guy and his attempt to play in an aged role is lauded by the critics and the fans.
Rajeev Ravi directed the film, which proved the acting skills of ‘
Vinayakan’ too. The film deals with the issues faced by a particular community, which is evacuated from a place to modernize a city.
Kasaba is the debut film of
Nithin Renji Panicker as the director. The young lad from the family of Renji Panicker proved that he is not lesser than his father. Although Mammootty’s cop role is not new, Nithin had shown Mammootty’s role from a different perception. The film is the excellent launch pad for Tamil actress,
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, daughter of “R. Sarathkumar,” who has performed with Mammooka in Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja.
Oppam is yet another crazy combination of ‘
Priyadarshan’ and ‘
Mohanlal’. In this film, Mohanlal played a visually challenged person, who gets caught in a murder. The script was beautifully dealt by Priyan and Lalettan has performed extremely well. ‘
Vimala Raman and
Nedumudi Venu played the supporting roles. Oppam is one of the top three highest grossing Malayalam movies with Rs. 61 Crore collection.
Puli Murugan is the superhit film by Mohanlal that also features
Kamalinee Mukherjee, ‘
Jagapati Babu, Suraj Venjaramoodu and ‘
Namitha’ in supporting roles. It is the high budget film of Mohanlal. The action entertainer directed by ‘
Vysakh’ is the first highest grosser of Malayalam cinema with Rs. 150 Crores collection. The film was also dubbed in Telugu as
Manyam Puli and has been running in the Andhra and Telangana theaters successfully. Mohanlal played an Animal Trainer named Murugan.