2016 was indeed crazy for Malayalam movie industry. For the first time in the history of Malayalam cinema a Movie has crossed 150 crore benchmark in terms of collection and that too from a industry which has limited number of viewership. Pulimurugan might be not pleasing for many for its super human and not so ingenious script but the none can reject the impact the movie has created among the public. Movies like Kammattipaadam, Pavada, Darvinte Parinamam, Jacobinte Swargarajyam, Anuraga Karikkin Vellam, Perariyathavar, Aanandam, Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan, Oppam etc. were super hits and gave a breath of fresh air to Mollywood. But saddest part of 2016 is that there were some movies which were absolutely discarded by despite of their brilliance. The cruel part is that when these movies were uploaded illegally to Torrent websites they were downloaded by millions and were praised in Facebook. The loss that these movies endured is not just the loss for the makers. It is a loss to Mollywood as success of these kind of movies would have been a great fuel to budding movie makers as well as an encouragement to makers who are in the process of developing good scripts. This list here contains those movies which were a dud in box office and became a sensation after its torrent release
Nowadays the best way to intrigue people about a movie is to create a sensation. Even though there is no exact reason or even way for making a movie so. Cast has always played its part most of the time. Guppy was indeed a underdog movie with no actors who has been in that sensational aura. That along with poor marketing skills might be the reason why people kept away from Guppy. Despite of continuous request from the makers people were turning a blind eye towards the movie. When the movie got released illegally in torrent the mouth publicity about the goodness of the movie started spreading and soon people realized that what they missed was a gem of a movie and it's success would have been a life force to a innovative crew. Johnpaul George is the driector of the movie and Chethanlal was in title role of the movie. Tovino Thomas the promising actor was in his career best role. Brilliant actors like Sreenivasan, Rohini, Alancier Sudheer Karamana etc. also added beauty to this movie.
Midhun Manuel Thomas the director of the movie and the lady luck might be in dispute as his second movie also had the fate just like his first one. Aadu Oru Bheekara Jeeviyanu was his first movie and the movie was average in terms of collection. But soon after the illegal Torrent release the movie became viral in internet and there was a never ending crazy flow of meme as well as viral videos based on the characters of this movie. Even the makers were flabbergasted by the response. But it was sad that the movie was given cold shoulder in theaters where it was suppose to be supported. illegal way of downloading and praising the movie is a cruel thing that can happen to a movie. Annmariya Kalippilannu had to share the same fate as the the movie were continously praised by people after the movie was available illegally.
Darvinte Parinamam despite of its big cast failed to create an impact in box office. Even though the movie had a good gripping story minor mistakes in the story and a mystery reason resulted in the movie being average in box office. The movie after its illegal torrent upload was downloaded widespreadly and was praised. Prithiviraj was in the lead role of Darvinte Parinamam and Chandini Sreedharan was the female lead. The story of the movie is a gripping action-revenge -comedy and the makers has managed to construct the script of the movie cleverly except the climax. Jijo Antony is the director of the movie. Chemban Vinod's role is the biggest highlight of the movie.
Leela without no doubt is one of the most disturbing movies in recent times. The sexual fantasies of the lead character has been portrayed in a disturbing way by using dark comedy most of the time. People were repulsive about Leela and the movie had to face a sad defeat at box office. However that was not the case after the illegal availability of the movie. Leela has been praised as well as criticized and even belittled by many for its theme. Subject of Leela has ben discussed a lot both constructively and with abuses. But it is a fact that Leela became talk of the town. An attention that Leela deserved but was so late. Leela is directed by Ranjith based on the script and story written by Unni R. Biju Menon is in the lead role of the movie.
Mudhugauv is one of the best comedy movie this year. Unfortunately the movie was not so well recived among the public before and after the release. There has always been a reluctance among certain section of people towards young talents. Gokul Suresh and Arthana the main lead of the movie were freshers and it was indeed a one of the biggest reason for the reluctance. This was not the case after the movie was uploaded illegaly to torrent websites. Mudhugauv was downloaded extensively and was praised both the leads as well the comedy in this movie.
If one look at the stories of the movies of jeethu Joseph it can be evidently seen that his thriller movies are brilliant and his way of writing script has the magic to make people cling on to their seat. After the super success of Drishyam he had to face a average success because of the movie Life of Josutty. Oozham has managed to intrigue people a lot before release and it was indeed a good thriller with a good script. However the movie was clearly focusing on the thriller aspects of the story. Those who were serious about it praised oozham and those who only see the entertainment aspects of movies were disappointed. However after its illegal upload the movie was downloaded by a lot of people and the movie was showered with praises that are too late. Prithviraj is the lead of Oozham and the plot of the movie is about revenge of the character played by Prithviraj upon people who destroyed his family.