Top Malayalam Movies of 2022

Hridayam (MALAYALAM)
Pranav Mohanlal , Kalyani Priyadarshan , Darshana Rajendran Arun Kurian
Director: Vineeth Sreenivasan
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Hridayam is further evidence that there is more to Vineeth Sreenivasan than just a one-trick pony. The directorial voice shines through Hridayam, a musical about loving and learning to let the past go. Read Review
Salute (MALAYALAM)
Dulquer Salman , Diana Penty , Manoj K. Jayan Alencier Ley Lopez
Director: Rosshan Andrrews
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Salute is not a standard whodunit as there is more emphasis on truth and justice than the identity of the killer. The killer may be any person, but the focus here is on the moral predicament of the cop. Read Review
Bro Daddy (MALAYALAM)
Mohanlal , Prithviraj Sukumaran , Meena Kalyani Priyadarshan
Director: Prithviraj Sukumaran
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Bro Daddy on Disney+ Hotstar is not the same showreel for director Prithviraj Sukumaran as his previous movie - Lucifer. It is a situational comedy with some laughs for the audience. While the movie has numerous cliches, Prithviraj's direction keeps it engaging. Read Review
Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey (MALAYALAM)
Basil Joseph , Darshana Rajendran , Aju Varghese Azees Nedumangad
Director: Vipin Das
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You cannot look away from what the makers say in Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey. It is admirable how they narrate this toxic marriage story. It is not often that you burst out laughing while watching a film like this. Read Review
Kooman (MALAYALAM)
Asif Ali , Hannah Reji Koshy , Renji Panicker Baburaj
Director: Jeethu Joseph
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Kooman makes a strong case for Jeethu Joseph's craft as a filmmaker. Good, solid acting, a terrific plot, and Jeethu Joseph's signature twists all add up to a compelling thriller. Read Review
Nna Than Kesu Kodu (MALAYALAM)
Kunchacko Boban , Gayathrie Shankar , Unnimaya Prasad Basil Joseph
Director: Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval
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Like most satires, Nna Thaan Case Kodu ridicules the machinery of government. The movie takes a few cinematic liberties but packs a punch in terms of the satirical elements. It also has some terrific performances. Read Review
Pada (MALAYALAM)
Kunchacko Boban , Vinayakan , Joju George Dileesh Pothan
Director: Kamal K. M
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Writer-Director Kamal KM's Pada works as a potent call to action on the marginalization of tribals in Kerala. Pada may be a procedural, but it sometimes has the look and feel of a thriller like Nayattu. It is a provocative and entertaining film. Read Review
Appan (MALAYALAM)
Sunny Wayne , Alencier Ley Lopez , Ananya Grace Antony
Director: Maju
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Appan is a compelling exploration of toxic masculinity. It is not an easy film to watch, though. The film is often a bit solemn and somber, but it is engaging throughout thanks to the performances. Read Review
Padavettu (MALAYALAM)
Nivin Pauly , Aditi Balan , Shine Tom Chacko Indrans
Director: Liju Krishna
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Writer-Director Liju Krishna's Padavettu uses a wild boar metaphor to tell a powerful tale of political call-to-arms. This is a delightful film to watch in a theater, with great cinematography, wonderful music, and terrific performances across the board. Read Review
Jana Gana Mana (MALAYALAM)
Prithviraj Sukumaran , Suraj Venjaramoodu , Mamta Mohandas Siddique
Director: Dijo Jose Antony
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The movie is more of a confrontation between misinformation, half-truth and truth. It also works as a deep dive into our collective consciousness. Read Review
Pathonpathaam Noottandu (MALAYALAM)
Siju Wilson , Kayadu Lohar , Chemban Vinod Jose Anoop Menon
Director: Vinayan
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Pathonpatham Noottandu is engaging and entertaining, which tells you a lot about its quality, especially when period dramas fall short. Starring Siju Wilson in a breakthrough role, the movie tells the story of the oppressed class in ancient Travancore. Read Review
Kuttavum Shikshayum (MALAYALAM)
Asif Ali , Sunny Wayne , Sharafudheen Alencier Ley Lopez
Director: Rajeev Ravi
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Kuttavum Shikshayum is a realistic police procedural drama about a group of cops who go to North India to catch some jewelry store thieves. Rajeev Ravi, his cinematographer Suresh Rajan as well as writers Sibi Thomas and Sreejith Divakaran make the audience walk the same path as these officers. Read Review
Adithattu (MALAYALAM)
Shine Tom Chacko , Sunny Wayne , Murugan Martin Joseph Yesudas
Director: Jijo Antony
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Jo & Jo (MALAYALAM)
Mathew Thomas , Nikhila Vimal , Naslen Johny Antony
Director: Arun D Jose
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Jo and Jo has a great sense of how teenagers talk. It is a simple, small film about petty fights between a brother and sister that escalate into a bigger problem. It does not have much conflict but has relatable and engaging content. Read Review
Bhootha Kaalam (MALAYALAM)
Shane Nigam , Revathi , Saiju Kurup James Eliya
Director: Rahul Sadasivan
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Rahul Sadasivan builds a sense of existential dread in Bhoothakalam, a musing on the human condition. As the title suggests, the movie shows how our past continues to haunt us in the present. Bhoothakalam has a claustrophobic ambience and great performances. Read Review
Panthrand (MALAYALAM)
Vinayakan , Dev Mohan , Shine Tom Chacko Lal
Director: Leo Thaddeus
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Kotthu (MALAYALAM)
Asif Ali , Roshan Mathew , Nikhila Vimal Suresh Krishna
Director: Sibi Malayil
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The point that Kotthu makes is like the Gandhian ideology, "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." Thankfully, the makers do not rub our noses in the messaging here. In other words, there is an engaging story of friendship and family in Kotthu. Read Review
Mahaveeryar (MALAYALAM)
Nivin Pauly , Asif Ali , Shanvi Srivastava Lal
Director: Abrid Shine
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Mahaveeryar works as an allegory about the static nature of authority even amid the passing of time. It is not easy for everyone to understand the film as Abrid Shine does not explain anything verbally here. Read Review
Rorschach (MALAYALAM)
Mammootty , Sharafudheen , Jagadish Grace Antony
Director: Nissam Basheer
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Rorschach is an unusual Malayalam thriller. This oddity applies to everything from the title to the visual grammar of the film. Some may call it genre-bending for its subversive twists and turns. Read Review
Malayankunju (MALAYALAM)
Fahadh Faasil , Rajisha Vijayan , Indrans Deepak Parambol
Director: Sajimon
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Fahadh Faasil usually acts in a way that allows us to form a mental image or a profile of his character. It applies to his role in Malayankunju as well. It is a survival thriller that works as an acting showcase for Fahadh. Read Review



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