Akshay-Kumar

K. R. Sachidanandan

Where: Driving Licence and Ayyapanum Koshiyum

Why: Malayalam cinema may have found several new voices but not one that could have gone on to inherit its unapologetically masala film lineage. With Driving Licence and Ayyapanum Koshiyum one felt one had finally found this. These films weren’t just fan service announcements, neither did they uplift the already uplifted. They gave us flawed protagonists with a ‘machismo’ problem and also a window into the future of big entertainment. With the sudden demise of writer-director Sachidanandan early this year, we’ve all been robbed of several great films and a set of complex characters have now become orphans.




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Aparna Purohit

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Halitha Shameem

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Gokul Das

Created the believable bulls of Jallikattu without the use of extensive CGI

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