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Underrated Malayalam Movies of 2021

Year of 2021 had a lot of releases both Theatrical & OTT, despite the  ongoing pandemic . We at Popcorn Reviewss have shortlisted underrated Malayalam movies. Do watch out for your favourites for the year of 2021.

Check out the full list below:

Operation Java follows the story of two BTech rookies who are appointed on a temporary basis in the Cyber Cell Department of Kerala. And during their course they are given three cases to solve. Will they be able to solve them? The story is fast paced and super thrilling. The screenplay is equally fast paced and almost 2.5 hours pass like a breeze. .. Read More…

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One follows the story of the Chief Minister of Kerala wishing to pass a new Bill ‘Right to Recall’ which gives the public the right to veto their elected candidate if his performance during his tenure is not satisfactory. The story is an eye opener though this may take ages for it to be implemented seeing the current political environment… Read More…

Aarkkariyam follows the story of a couple struck by financial crisis in Mumbai who reallocate to Kerala. Soon, the husband discovers that there is more than what meets the eye. The story is a slow burner filled with drama that will force you to sit through it. The screenplay compliments the story pretty well. It is a slow poison that will slowly begin to engage you. The setup is during the early Covid days… Read More…

Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam follows to story of a young man and woman who bicker on their visit to a doctor, where the woman suspects that she is pregnant. And that is the story all in a SINGLE SHOT. The story is conversational and yes it is a single shot. The screenplay just revolves around these two character primarily with a third character making just a brief appearance… Read More…

#Home follows the story of a technically challenged man who struggles to stay connected and communicate with his children in the modern age of social media. The story has that sense of relativity wherein parents are often adapting to stay connected with their children even if it means to slowly learning new technologies in order to have meaningful conversations with their children… Read More…

Kaanekkaane follows the story of an intertwined string of relationships where nothing is what it seems. Here, I would like to point out that I went into the movie blind and did not know what to expect. And so I can say is that the story is niche and in the same mould in terms of pacing as the Malayalam film Aarkkariyam… Read More…

Set in 2020 – the year which saw the first outbreak of the pandemic, Sunny follows the story of a man who goes into isolation on his return to India from Dubai. The story is complex and layered but also therapeutic that leaves you with a lot of hope. The screenplay is extremely slow paced with a lot of attention given to details. So when the protagonist checks into a five star, the receptionist gives him a run through of the dos and don’ts before he goes to the room… Read More…

Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam follows the story of a family who are preparing for their daughter’s engagement until it opens a can of worms. The story is a satire and with satires the writing has to be strong to hold your attention throughout. And yet again at the cost of repeating myself, the writing here is outstanding! The screenplay is short and crisp and to the point. A house preparing for an engagement ceremony is nicely presented… Read More…

Kurup is a true story of a criminal who is labelled as a fugitive after murdering someone over a certain fraud. Firstly, this is as much a commercial film you will ever see in Malayalam cinema! While reading about the true incident, I got to know that the story is quite popular as almost every detail is now in the public domain. So while the story is fascinating, it would have been a challenge for the makers to present it in a way that would still hook you throughout… Read More…

Minnal Murali follows the story of an average joe who is struck by lightening only to end up with superpowers. But as they say in all spiderman films – With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility! The story is quite brilliant and works like a dream for an origin story. The very fact that this is situated in a small town/village makes this film even more interesting… Read More…