Going by the current social media trend, listing down one favorite performance each of lead actors in Malayalam Cinema and the reason why I went for this one choice.
Mammoootty – Rajamanikyam Not only he has scope to perform emotional scenes, mass scenes and comedy- all in one movie, he switches from one to another so swiftly ! You don’t see much better examples of an actor reinventing himself and the energy at the age of 55 is wow!
Mohanlal – Chandralekha I don’t think there is another lead actor in India who does comedy better than Mohanlal ( even Kamal Haasan might only come a close second). And what better testimonial than the uproarious Chandralekha
Suresh Gopi – Summer in Bethlehem Dennis is ❤️. The entire Dennis-Abhirami scenes are so beautiful that one wonder why Suresh Gopi didn’t get such roles more often.
Jayaram – Ayalathe Adheham Jayaram excels in comedy which is not news. But in this movie when he plays a subdued character, circumstances force him to overact and be more expressive in his love towards his wife. And Jayaram is superb in those transition scenes
Prithviraj – Mumbai Police The beauty of this performance is that it gives away exactly only as much needed to the viewers like the movie’s terrific Screenplay. The best example is the accident shot where you realize Antony Moses is remorseful only at the end, even though the same scene keeps reappearing in the movie
Fahadh Faasil- Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum Another “keep you guessing” kind performance. If the smile at interval is that of a cunny robber, the smile when he decides to leave the stone down and not fight Suraj was a sign of humanity at the most unexpected times.
Dulquer – Charlie He had phenomenal control when he switched from loudness to calmness in this movie. A movie that I go back often only for this lovely performance.
Nivin Pauly – Bangalore Days The scene where he reads his father’s letter is a favorite. There is great precision when the worry fades away from his face to become a smile slowly.(Haven’t watched Moothon)
Kunchacko Boban – Allu Ramendran Kunchacko nails the act of a police officer who is helpless and desperate to find the person who causes troubles in his life. It is unfortunate that this movie didn’t get the attention it deserved.
Jayasuriya- Aadu series Comedy is often underrated. Which is why we perhaps don’t value how super hilarious Jayasuriya is as Shaji Pappan, the man who gets into all sorts of troubles for no reason of his.
Tovino – Lucifer The stage speech is terrific. There are no two ways about it. The screen presence, dialogue delivery, how the voice modulation changes as the speech goes on – all pitch perfect.
DilDileep – Chanthupottu In the climax after the fight when he walks back to Gopika, there is a strong urge in him to look more manly and there is a change that he brings in his body language different from how it was before. Top notch work.
Asif Ali – Uyare Cries and sheds tears even when he is absolutely wile, ruthless and severely problematic all the while. Simply terrific job.
Indrajith- Amar Akbar Anthony Indrajith might be the best in comedy among the current young actors in Malayalam Cinema. But it is very unfortunate we haven’t seen the actor more in such roles since Amar Akbar Anthony. In this movie though he is in superb form , whether it is when he sings a song in front of his girlfriend’s family or rushes to deliver pizza without the actual pizza !
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