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15 Fahadh Faasil Movies That Would Leave You Spellbound

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Let me be completely honest. This is not just another “must-watch movie/web-series list article”. This is a narrative journey of my love for this actor I discovered quite recently and simply can’t get enough of him. Just in the span of a few weeks, I was introduced to a gem with chameleon-like abilities to transform into any character, got completely awestruck and fell head over heels in love.

Whether being the protagonist, the “hero’s friend” or one of the many characters in a multi-starrer- Fahadh Faasil manages to catch your eye…and that too just with his eyes (oh those beautiful piercing eyes!!)! It’s remarkable how an actor can express so much using so little of his body. The impact he causes with his craft leaves you wanting for more. And the more you watch him, the deeper your admiration for him gets. He is romantic, eccentric, selfish, clever, ambitious, obsessive, disturbed, sexy…he’s all of this and so much more in his roles. I can’t talk enough about Fahadh Faasil and one blog just won’t do!

So, to make things simpler, let me share my top 15 favourite Fahadh Faasil movies that made me the fangirl I am today. My already existing love for Malayalam cinema heightened to another level, thanks to Fahadh!

1. C U Soon (2020)

This 2020 Malayalam thriller managed to draw everyone's attention towards Fahadh.
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This was the first time I noticed Fahadh. Although he played the protagonist’s cousin, his screen presence stayed with me. Kevin (Fahadh) helps his cousin Jimmy (Roshan Mathew) to find his missing girlfriend whom he met online and now wants to marry. Apart from the tight script with all the right edge-of-the-seat thriller ingredients, Fahadh’s minimalist yet super-striking expressions steal the show. At least for me, after my first rendezvous, Fahadh had my attention. I was ready for more!

2. Varathan (2018)

We witness a vivid internal journey of the character in Varathan through Fahadh
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Varathan is a story of a couple living in Dubai who recently move to the girl’s ancestral village estate in Kerala. What starts off as a drama, eventually turns into a thriller, perfectly garnished with some stimulating action sequences! We see some vivid transition in the character of Abin masterfully played by Fahadh. This is also the film where I witnessed Fahadh’s ability to romance passionately using just his eyes. The way he looks at Priya (played by Aishwarya Lekshmi) in the songs Nee and Oduvile Theeyayi, was good enough to make me feel weak by the knees! That’s all he needed to do. Just look!

3. Kumbalangi Nights (2019)

Kumbhalangi nights is a complete entertainment that every cinema lover must experience
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After getting all fuzzy with the Varathan’s “hero”, imagine my reaction to the eccentric Shammy who is chauvinistic with an unpredictable psychotic side! Kumbalangi Nights is till date one of my favourite Malayalam movies, and Fahadh’s portrayal of Shammy is just one of the many reasons behind that. The sheer fact that the same actor can pull off a romantic Abin & an almost repulsive Shammy with equal conviction, is an undisputable testimony to his genius. Kumbalangi Nights is the story about four brothers and their bitter-sweet relation with each other and Fahadh is not one of them. But, like I said, he gets your attention for his dazzling versatility!

4. Trance (2020)

Fahadh Faasil outdid himself in his stellar performance in Trance.
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Trance tells the story about Viju Prasad who is a motivational speaker, his internal and external journey unfolding with each step in his life. Now that I’ve watched almost all his movies, I can say it without a trace of doubt, Trance showcases Fahadh Faasil’s best performance of his career. Hands down! His energy, his submission to the character, his powerful representation of Viju on screen is pure gold. The sequences where he gets on the stage and speaks using every cell in his body, give major goosebumps. I couldn’t help being reminded of Leonardo di Caprio in The Wolf of Wall Street as the feeling was quite similar after watching Fahadh in Trance. I was floored and there was absolutely no stopping now!

5. Maheshinthe Prathikaram (2016)

Watch Maheshinthe Prathiaram for its simple yet powerful storyline.
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One of the best things about Malalayalam cinema that draws me is its simple yet powerful stories. And I have always loved stories. Maheshinthe Prathikaram is also a simple story of a studio photographer, his failure in love, life and career and then inciting incidents revealing certain twists and changes in his life. There are no pretentious dialogues or over-complex pseudo-intellectualism in this movie. And Fahadh simply wins over by his innocent and charming representation of Mahesh! Yet again, I was like a teenager in love!

6. Super Deluxe (2019)

Super Deluxe is pure cinematic excellence & one of the best Indian cinema in 2019.
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Super Deluxe is a Tamil movie that talks about social stigmas and taboos beautifully cinematized through four parallel stories. Every character has their own set of challenges and all four independent stories are interwoven, being parts of one big plot. If I’m being honest, Vijay Sethupathi who plays an estranged father is the one who takes the cake in Super Deluxe. However, Fahadh Faasil whose newly-wed wife cheats on him with her ex gives the viewers some super hilarious reaction moments. Super Deluxe is director Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s masterpiece on so many levels. And Fahadh, despite being just one of the many characters makes us feel his presence and quite distinctively too!

7. Njan Prakasham (2018)

Watch Njan Prakashan on a Sunday afternoon for a warm experience
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Njan Prakashan is the kind of “slice of life film” that you watch on a Sunday afternoon and you will have the feeling that life is going to be alright! Fahadh plays a lazy Prakashan who doesn’t like to work and aims at moving to the U.S by scheming and scamming. There is a beautiful blend of comedy and emotions in this Sathyan Anthikad directorial and Fahadh does a brilliant job nailing every moment.

8. Thondimuthalam Driksakshiyam (2017)

Fahadh Faasil's yet another brilliant performance with a beautiful story
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Prasad (Suraj Venjaramoodu) and Sreeja (Nimisha Sajayan) fall in love and set out on their marital journey to begin their new life. While travelling in a bus, a petty thief steals Sreeja’s gold chain and all kinds of unanticipated troubles start rolling in. The premise is simple, but the way the situations have been visualized and dramatised is remarkable. You just feel the need to keep watching it until the end. Now my favourite part- the moment when Sreeja’s chain is being stolen, we see two large mischievous eyes and we know who’s the thief! The whole scene when Fahadh’s character is stealing is fascinating to watch. Director Dileesh Pothan very smartly introduces Fahadh’s eyes first to the audience doing the job, and that’s the most appealing part. His performance in Thondimuthalam Driksakshayam fetched him the National Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2017.

9. Bangalore Days (2014)

Bangalore Days is about friendships, dreams and love.
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Bangalore Days is a story about three cousins who are very close to each other and then reunite at one of their weddings. And yet again, Fahadh Faasil is not one of the three cousins, but the husband of one of the cousins. Sounds pretty uninteresting as a character, right? Well, don’t be fooled by how it sounds and wait for some exciting surprises while you watch the whole movie! Writer-director Anjali Menon does a spectacular job in sketching the characters including Fahadh’s. By the end of the film, Fahadh’s character Das becomes my favourite. But hey, watch it for yourself and decide – because I may be biased!

10. North 24 Kaatham (2013)

Watch North 24 Kaatham to enjoy an engaging storytelling set at stunning locations.
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This, technically is the first Fahadh Faasil movie I ever watched in 2014, but I had no idea who Fahadh was back then. And somehow that “head-over-heels-in-love” situation was nowhere on the horizon. I remembered loving the film and the interesting character that he played, but nothing more. So, I watched it again a few weeks back only to rediscover the brilliance of the movie (and Fahadh!).

He plays Hari, an obsessive-compulsive neat-freak software engineer who’s arrogant, finicky, unfriendly and nobody likes him. Hari, while on a train journey, happens to get entwined in an event and is forced to take a detour along with two strangers. The plot is just as intriguing as are the stunning landscapes and engaging narration. The subtle yet honest expressions somehow manage to stir something inside that feels real. Director Anil Radhakrishnan Menon brings out the best of each actor and surely knows how to tell a story right! Fahadh won the Filmfare Award (Malayalam) for best actor for this one.

11. Irul (2021)

His performance has aged like fine wine over the years. And that’s clearly evident when you watch Fahadh Faasil’s new movies, Irul disappointed fans with its plot. But Fahadh managed to impress us (as expected) with his charming portrayal of Unni. A couple decides to go on a weekend getaway without their phone and get stuck in a house with a stranger when their car breaks down. And one of them is a killer. Fahadh, Soubin Shahir, and Darshana Rajendran all are super. But for me, Fahadh’s character stays for a long time!

12. Joji (2021)

Joji is by far arguably one of the finest performances by Fahadh Faasil
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I never waited for any movie as I did for Joji. Director Dileesh Pothan’s collaboration with Fahadh after Thondimuthalam was one of the most eagerly awaited films of 2021. I could actually write an exclusive review for Joji. This was arguably Fahadh Faasil’s best performance to date (since Trance). Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Joji showcases complex family issues treating psychological areas with great finesse. Fahadh exhibited some insane acting nuances with such subtleties in Joji, that my idolisation for this actor went off the roof. He broke all his past records and stunned the audience with his prowess yet again.

13. Malik (2021)

Hard-hitting political crime thriller with promising stellar performances in Malik

It’s the story of a juvenile criminal Freddy who has been assigned to kill his estranged patriarch Uncle Sulaiman (Fahadh) while he is in prison. This political crime thriller by writer-director Mahesh Narayan exhibits some hard-hitting content with neat visuals. Apart from the brilliant performances by Fahadh, Nimisha Sajayan, and Dileesh Pothan, Malik is quite a journey that takes you to a Godfather or Scarface kind of nostalgia. A full-blown entertainer, it’s a must-watch for FaFa fans!

14. Vikram (2022)

Fahadh faasil's upcoming movie with Kamal hassan
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Three names: Fahadh Faasil, Kamal Hassan, Vijay Sejupathi. I hardly think we need more! This was one of the most looked-forward-to films of 2022, and for the right reasons. A perfect Tamil action thriller with a power-packed cast., director Lokesh Kanagaraj won hearts with his smart filmmaking yet again. Fahadh plays a black squad commando whom the police turn to for help in nabbing gangsters. Sharing a space with a stalwart like Kamal Hassan and still leaving a mark on the audience with his signature eye-acting says a lot about the actor. Worth watching on the silver screen for its maximum impact.

Tip: Watch Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Kaithi on Disney+ Hostar before watching Vikram as there are several references.

15. Malayankunju (2022)

Survival drama starring Fahadh Faasil
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Mahesh Narayan and Fahadh collaborate again only to create another brilliant film. Malayankunju is a survival drama that will stir you to the core. I can safely say, that watching Malayankunju has been one of the greatest cinematic experiences of the year and this film is probably the first of its kind made in the country. The non-linear narrative, the layered representation of situations and the establishment of the psychological aspect through visuals- Malayankunju excels in creating a movie that screams world-cinema. A.R. Rahman’s background score is just the kind of citing we needed on this ‘cake’! Without revealing much I’d only say, watch Malayankunju for Fafa’s excellence…and for the love of cinema! It’s streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Fahadh Faasil’s Upcoming Movies

So here are some of the movies that you must keep a check on. I know I’m literally counting days and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to wait! Here is a list and their trailers:

Aavesham (April 11, 2024)

Aavesham is a full-blown action comedy-drama that showcases Fafa in his gangsta best! Unapologetic, witty, violent and stylish …Aavesham teaser looks quite promising. Writer-director Jithu Madhavan seems to have utilised an interesting spectrum of Fahadh Faasil’s talent. Can’t wait!!

Watch Aavesham Teasers

I’ve been gorging on regional cinema even before the emergence of online streaming platforms in our country. And Malayalam cinema has been creating some of the crème among Indian films for ages now. And with the introduction of such a spectacular “Artist”, they’ve only raised the bar! I’m just ecstatic that so much content is available everywhere now which gives the rest of the world a chance to experience this side of Indian cinema. I hope Fahadh (and his friends!) keep making more of such incredible cinema that is based on solid stories and has real characters, who are quirky, unique yet relatable. Because at the end of the day, all technology and flawless CGI effects aside, a good story with ace acting portraying interesting, even flawed, imperfect characters is what brings a smile to every cinema lover’s face!

Why don’t you watch Fahadh Faasil Movies and let us know which one is your favourite in the comment section below!

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3 years ago

Amazing. I didn’t even know he did so many films!’

3 years ago

Kindly watch these movies of him as well.

  1. Annayum rasoolum
  2. Iyobinte pusthakam
  3. Take off
  4. Diamond necklace
  5. Chappa kurish
  6. 22 Female kottayam
  7. Carbon
  8. Amen


Sudeshna Maitra
Sudeshna Maitra
3 years ago

Nice, you have enticed me now to watch some of these. I have only watched C U SOON. He definitely has some intensity going on about him. One more that I am interested in watching after seeing the trailers, is JOJI in which I guess he is playing the title role.

Alosh Patel
Alosh Patel
3 years ago

Take off and Iyobinte Pusthakam for sure is where i found him first, and then there was no going back. I just love him to death even though my heart belongs to Dulquer Salmaan :)…I hope i can see Fahadh in a hindi movie with a good director like Vishal Bharadwaj thatvutilizes his acting.. Hope against hope. Until thek im curious to see how he plays a villain in his first telegu movie in Pushpa and then another villain role in Kamal Hassan movie “Vikram”

Sai srinivas
2 years ago

Really appreciate you effort I loved it Like you said trance is definitely single best performance of the decade by Fahad his transformations from viju Prasad to paster joshwa calton to mental state were extradinary he deserves Oscar He uses mostly his eyes and smile to convey emotions and thoughts Don’t know how many of you observed he always does multiple emotions with his facial expression at same time like confusion,tension ,shock,sad,pain with just eyes alone in trance his brother hangout scene Fahad as joji one of the best complex character performance in Indian cinema he did so many variations… Read more »

Last edited 2 years ago by Sai srinivas
Sai srinivas
2 years ago

Four best performance till date He is ultimate chameleon he is quite unrecognizable in shammi,joji,viju Prasad,paster joshwa Carlton,Mahesh,theif prasad, prakashan without using that much of getup that is very impressive big fan of him
Also waiting for puspa his rural villain role

Last edited 2 years ago by Sai srinivas
2 years ago

Hi Alakananda, Thanks for this article. What I liked about your article is there are no fancy and heavy words while expressing your feelings towards Fahadh’s acting and films. and I am sure any of his normal fan will have same thoughts what you’ve put in this article. Thanks for this. My interest in Malayalam films has gone up since I watched ‘The Great Indian Kitchen’ last month. I had come across few social media posts by Keralites about Fahadh and his acting skills, specially his eyes. and after watching some of his movies one can’t agree more on that.… Read more »