Top 8 Malayalam movies to grace our OTT platform in 2021

While every year, Malayalam films have pushed a little higher, the first half of 2021 has been a whole new ball game. Gone are the days of setting aside films for catering to an audience of unknown languages, Malayalam films have set the ball for pan Indian plots. With the advent of high-speed internet and OTT platforms, the top films in Malayalam have international reach in 2021.

While the international reach can be credited to wider releases and better subtitles, Malayalam films have a niche that no other has. Malayalam stories still contain flavors of good & evil, human weakness, family relationships, punishment, evil and arrogance. Here are the top 8 screened Malayalam films that have been released on the OTT platform in the first half of 2021.

#1 Great Indian Kitchen

The Great Indian Kitchen takes an educational blow on female slavery. This film is about every newly married woman who is forced to become a submissive wife. This film is raw as it shows the daily struggles, and efforts to fight against social stigma. The controversial film, The Great Indian Kitchen was rejected by various streaming platforms for apparently having controversial views on the issue of the female entry of Sabarimala. Following the live release on Neestream’s exclusive Malayalam streaming platform, Amazon Prime also purchased the rights three months after its release.

Where to watch: Neestream & Amazon Prime Videos

#2 Joji

Joji is a crime drama inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. The story is set in a rural area of ‚Äč‚ÄčKerala with a dysfunctional wealthy family of three sons and a daughter. While Fahadh Faasil plays the main character, Baburaj, Shammi Thilakan and Unnimaya play important roles in the film. Living harrowing lives of implicit obedience, they all lived in harmony before a stroke struck this drama. The Indian films Maqbool and Veeram are also based on the same line.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Videos

#3 Irul

Irul which translates to darkness is true to its title and is a mystery crime thriller film. This film reveals with the aim of contemporary travel departing on the weekend without a phone. The plot stops with the car breaking down in the middle of the journey. While the film is said to be based on a real-life serial killer, it adds dynamism to the facts and actual dynamics. The film is among the first to be made under Covid-19 restrictions.

Where to watch: Netflix

#4 Drishyam 2

Drishyam 2 is the sequel to the 2013 film Drishyam. This crime drama unfolds with a convict on the run for murdering his brother-in-law. A twist that keeps the audience glued to the plot is that the convicts seek cover behind the police station being built. The entire film was shot in and around Thodupuzha, the same area where Drshyam was shot. The crux of the crime, the convict saw Georgekutty appear out of nowhere with a shovel in hand. With the film receiving critical acclaim, the film rights were purchased by Panorama Studios to be remade in Hindi. Truly, Drishyam 2 surpasses its predecessor and is one of the top Malayalam films on OTT in 2021.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Videos

#5 Java Operation

Operation Java is the first successful Malayalam film in 2021. This crime thriller was set in 2020, but the makers insisted on releasing it in theaters only. Being one of the first films to be released in theaters after the first year of the lockdown, it was an immediate hit. The film is based on a real-life case and revolves around an investigation carried out by a cyber cell police station.

Where to watch: ZEE5 Premium

#6 Kala

Kala centers around a stubborn character and stars Tovino Thomas and Sumesh Moor in the lead roles. The plot tells the story of an uneducated person. With a stubborn attitude that puts himself above the rest, the main character is portrayed as putting himself in the soup over and over again in the film. No doubt Shaji (Tovino Thomas) is portrayed as an aspirational character who wants to start his own business, but all of them fail because of the attitude he brings. The film was an immediate success with its release, and the film rights were purchased by Aha to release a Telugu dubbed version.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Videos

#7 Aarkkariyam

Aakkariyam is a comedy mystery drama set in the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. The film revolves around a retired math teacher who lives alone. This film depicts the suffering and struggles that everyone goes through, and the effects of Covid-19 which exacerbates them. The film looks at who the supporting industry of this film is embedded with a moral to take home. The film received critical acclaim from fans and critics alike.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Videos

#8 Nayattu

Naattu is a political thriller with three civilian police officers on the run. While police chases are always going on, the film adds a personal touch to what the officers go through in their private lives. With the situation spiraling out of control on both sides, the film recounts the various encounters and ways the police are treated. With a social message to tell, this film is a must-see family party.

Where to watch: Netflix

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