The Malayalam film industry is gearing up for a spectacular year in 2024, with several highly anticipated projects set to leave a mark on both the domestic and international cinema landscape. From fantasy spectacles to action thrillers and literary adaptations, here are some of the most eagerly awaited films:
- Directorial Debut of Mohanlal: The legendary actor Mohanlal makes his directorial debut with “Barroz,” a 3D fantasy spectacle.
- Plot: The film narrates the story of the ghost guarding D’Gama’s Treasure, with Mohanlal in the central role.
- Notable Elements: The film boasts a diverse cast, including child artists and Indian and Hollywood actors. Santhosh Shivan handles cinematography, and Antony Perumbavoor produces.
- Release: Expected in 2024.
- Mammootty’s Next: Megastar Mammootty teams up with debutant director Deeno Dennis for “Bazooka.”
- Plot: The film is anticipated to be an action thriller, with the first look generating excitement among fans.
- Special Appearance: Director-actor Gautham Vasudeva Menon makes his first appearance with Mammootty.
- Cinematographer: Nimish Ravi reunites with Mammootty after their successful collaboration in “Rorschach.”
- Release: Release date to be announced soon.
3. Aadujeevitham (Goat Life):
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- Based on a Bestseller: Adapted from Benyamin’s best-selling novel, “Aadujeevitham” is directed by Blessy.
- Transformation: Prithviraj Sukumaran undergoes a physically demanding transformation for his role as Najeeb.
- Acclaimed Crew: Academy Award winner A R Rahman composes the music, and Resul Pookkutty handles audio design.
- Star-Studded: Hollywood actor Jimmy Jean-Louis and Amala Paul play significant roles.
- Premiere: The film is set to premiere at a major international film festival soon.
4. Malaikottai Vaaliban:
- Mohanlal and Lijo Jose Pellissery: Mohanlal collaborates with talented young director Lijo Jose Pellissery in “Malaikottai Vaaliban.”
- Setting: While character details are under wraps, posters hint at a period setting.
- Scriptwriter: P S Rafeeque, known for Lijo’s “Amen,” pens the script.
- Release: Scheduled for January 25, 2024.
5. Kathanar – The Wild Sorcerer:
- Jayasurya’s Magnum Opus: Actor Jayasurya stars in this big-budget, technically advanced film, “Kathanar – The Wild Sorcerer.”
- 3D Production: Shot in 3D, the film marks the entry of Tollywood queen Anushka Shetty into Malayalam cinema.
- Plot: Jayasurya portrays Kadamattathu Kathanar, a priest with magical powers, and Anushka plays Kalliyankaattu Neeli, a beautiful ghost from Malayalee folklore.
- Production: Produced by Gokulam Movies, the film is expected to be released in two parts, with the first installment in 2024.
Malayalam cinema enthusiasts have much to look forward to in 2024, with a diverse range of films promising cinematic excellence and entertainment.