Veetilekkulla Vazhi: Dr. Biju's film that was splendidly shot on the vast expanses of Ladakh, had a valid statement to make on terrorism and the human lives that are caught in its fold and bruised beyond repair. M. J Radhakrishnan's National Award winning cinematography did add up considerably to the grandeur of the film.
Indian Rupee: Ranjith continued to surprise us again in 2011 as well. After the charming 'Pranchiyettan and the Saint' last year, this new-age director who refuses to walk along much trodden paths, took us into the life of a petty real estate broker this time. We loved Indian Rupee. Every bit of it.
City of God: Lijo Jose Pellissery's second film after the much acclaimed 'Nayakan' did not obviously find many viewers and the film sank without a trace at the box office. Yet, the young director's flair for creating cinema of a distinctly different kind cannot be ignored in a hurry.
Urumi: Santhosh Sivan's period drama that had Prithviraj playing 'the boy who wanted to kill Vasco Da Gama' was spectacular visually, and Shankar Ramakrishnan's script added the much needed zing to it. Urumi was a commercial and critical success and a new production house August Cinema was born along with it.