A lot of Tamil films skipped theatrical release and streamed on OTT this year. Here are our top five picks.
We all love watching films based on true incidents. Don't we? One such film which was made based on a real-life incident is Jai Bhim. Starring Suriya in the lead role, the film was released on Amazon Prime Video. Directed by Tj Gnanavel, Jai Bhim is the story of Justice Chandru who is known for fighting for the rights of the tribals, and other scheduled castes, and became their voice. The film has an amazing plot, excellent performances, thrilling screenplay, and the best direction you can ask for. People across the country have praised this film for being so raw and rustic. Suriya received accolades for the best performance of his career. Do watch it on Amazon Prime Video. The film also features an ensemble cast of actors like Prakash Raj, Rao Ramesh, Rajisha Vijayan, and Lijo Mol Jose.
Starring Arya, John Kokken, and Pasupathy in key roles, Sarpatta is a sports drama directed by Pa. Ranjith. This film showcases the boxing culture of the 1980s and revolves around a clash between two clans namely Idiyappa Parambarai and Sarpatta Parambarai in the northern part of Tamil Nadu. Terrific performances by Arya and John will make you glue to the seats. Also, the fights in the film, and the boxing in the ring, are real fights. The actors have been trained for a long time to fight in the ring and even the bruises couldn't stop them from giving their best to the flick. It is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
This one is a crime thriller in which Nayanthara is seen playing a visually challenged lady, and how, she almost falls prey to a sexual predator. Directed by Milind Rau, Nayanthara is a former policewoman who cannot see must unveil a horrific case of serial abduction where the culprit has unleashed a reign of terror in the city of Chennai. This one has a good plot and amazing performances by the lead actors.
Mandela is a little boring initially. But soon, once the twists and turns start happening, you will get to see some natural performances by lead actors Yogi Babu and Sheela Rajkumar. Undoubtedly, Mandela is Yogi Babu's best film to date. He has the heart and soul of this film. Right from the beginning to the climax, he is portrayed as a common man who struggles for his identity in the society that rejects him for his caste. He has revealed his true essence as an actor and proved his mettle.
During her bus travel, Athira, a cop in Chennai meets Arjun who is an aspiring actor. Soon, they fall in love and decide to take the relationship further. Athira comes to know that her bestie Deepa has gone missing. The kind of facts and truth revealed later in the story will blow your mind. The screenplay is a good one. Lead actor Aishwarya Rajesh has performed well. This film is a one-time watch because it is a crime thriller. If you haven't watched it yet, go for it.