By Haricharan Pudipeddi, Chennai, Dec 21 IANS | 2 years ago

Out of the 400-odd films released in four southern languages - Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam, the following films may not have earned a robust box-office number but still managed to elicit positive response from the audience and critics alike.

List of best Malayalam films of 2013:

"Mumbai Police": Contrary to how cop flicks are made in Indian cinema, this Malayalam crime thriller is a cut above several films in the same genre across industries. "Mumbai Police" is a well-narrated and well-performed realistic picture backed by the support of an apt cast, to which you don't mind rooting for.

"Neram": A story that revolves around the events that take place in a single day in the life of the protagonist, the Tamil thriller-comedy focusses on the importance of time in one's life and its subsequent repercussions. "Neram" was one of the few films in the language that pleasantly surprised everybody who watched it. Alphonse Putharen, who directed the film, will soon remake it in Hindi.

"North 24 Kaatham": An endearing story about the meeting of three strangers on a hartal day and their journey. Debutant director Anil Radhakrishna Menon's Malayalam drama "North 24 Kaatham" is about life's randomness and hope. Packed with intermittent humour, this is one of the best films of actor Fahadh Faasil, who had 10 more releases this year.

"Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi": A Malayalam road movie that more or less could be termed as a coming-of-age story of two friends, who hit the road and along the journey learn about politics, friendship, family and religion. It's a whiff of fresh air for moviegoers. Strong performances by an ensemble cast and apt music make it nothing short of spectacular.

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(Posted on 21-12-2013)