Where The Newest South Films Are Streaming Right Now
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With Dhanush-starrer Karnan and Rishab Shetty’s Hero expected to drop soon on streaming platforms, we round up all the films from Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada that are now available on streaming platforms.

Tamil 

Master — Amazon Prime Video

Director: Lokesh Kanakaraj

Cast: Vijay, Vijay Sethupathy, Andrea Jeremiah

Lokesh Kanakaraj gives a twist to the regular ‘mass’ Vijay film by breaking many of its rules. Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi give great performances in this action entertainer.

Sulthan — Disney+ Hotstar

Director: Bakkiyaraj Kannan

Cast: Karthi, Rashmika Mandanna, Yogi Babu

Bakkiyaraj Kannan’s attempt at mythological allegory with liberal interpretations sees Karthi play the titular Sulthan, the heir to a crime lord attempting to set his cabal of lovable, yet hardened delinquents straight in this mass action entertainer.  

Mandela — Netflix

Director: Madonne Ashwin

Cast: Yogi Babu, GM Sundar, Kanna Ravi

A superbly comic take on issues of caste, elections and existing social structures, Madonne Ashwin has managed to make a message-based film that doesn’t depend on its message to be entertaining. 

Bhoomi — Disney+ Hotstar

Director: Lakshman

Cast: Jayam Ravi, Niddhi Agerwal, Ronit Roy

Jayam Ravi plays Bhoominathan, a NASA scientist who is wildly successful at his job, but returns home to Tamil Nadu to dismal agricultural circumstances. Bhoomi is a fictional story, but also reflects the difficulties of several farmers in the state, and highlights the role of big corporations as a cause.

Biskoth — ZEE5

Director: R. Kannan

Cast: Santhanam, Swathi Muppala, Tara Alisha Berry

R.Kannan ‘adapts’ Adam Sandler-starrer Bedtime Stories in rather ridiculous (and sometimes funny) ways. But if you’re a fan of Santhanam’s comic roles as a hero, this might just work for you. 

Kabadadhaari — Prime Video

Director: Pradeep Krishnamoorthy

Cast: Sibi Sathyaraj, Nandita Swetha, Suman Ranganathan

A mysterious intrigue closes in on an ambitious, but down-on-his-luck traffic cops, as a 40 year-old murder pulls him into a plot involving stolen identities and a prominent politician.  

Aeley — Netflix

Director: Halitha Shameem

Cast: Madhumita, Samuthirakani, Manikandan

Is it possible to make a movie that feels like Poovarasam Peepee crossed with a Pandiraj rural drama? Aeley, Halitha Shameem’s next film after the brilliant Sillu Karupatti, is the result.

 Teddy Disney+ Hotstar

Director: Shakti Soundar Rajan

Cast: Arya, Saayesha, Satish

Teddy is a medical thriller dealing with the underground trade of organs with a twist- Arya’s sidekick in the film is a Teddy bear that is carrying the soul of a woman whose life is under threat from non-consensual organ donation. 

 Care of Kaadhal — Netflix

Director: Hemambar Jasti

Cast: Deepan N, Mumtaz Sorcar, Karthik Rathnam

The Tamil remake of 2018 Telugu film C/o Kancharapalem is an anthology in four parts. It’s the kind of low-key film gets high on sentiments like love makes the world go around and love has no age. 

Parris Jeyaraj — Sun NXT

Director: K. Johnson

Cast: Santhanam, Rajendran, Prudhvi Raj

Parris Jeyaraj is the story of two people, both recovering from a broken heart, that run into each other and begin to fall in love. However, all is not well in paradise, as the lovers’ fathers have different plans for their children. 

Anbirkiniyal — Amazon Prime Video

Director: Gokul

Cast: Keerthi Pandian, Arun Pandian

This survival drama, a remake of Malayalam film Helen, starring Keerthi Pandian is also about the relationship between her character and her father. 

Vannakkamda Mappilei — SunNXT

Director: Rajesh

Cast: GV Prakash Kumar, Daniel Annie Pope, Amritha Aiyer

Not cut from the same cloth as Boss Engira Bosskaran or OKOK, but this Rajesh film has echoes (or just lazy copies, depending on your view) of his previous films that are still, at times, funny.

Malayalam

Irul — Netflix

Director: Naseef Yusuf Izuddin

Cast: Fahadh Faasil, Soubin Shahir, Darshana Rajendran

An old-fashioned mystery crime thriller, Irul manages to mix the cliches of a slasher film with a courtroom drama. 

Joji — Amazon Prime Video

Director: Dileesh Pothan

Cast: Fahadh Faasil, Baburaj, Unnimaya Prasad

This crime drama received critical praise for it’s reimagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in a sprawling rubber plantation in Kerala. Watch it for the performances — Fahadh and Baburaj, especially.

Drishyam 2 — Amazon Prime Video

Director: Jeethu Joseph

Cast: Mohanlal, Meena, Ansiba Hassan, Esther Anil

This superb drama continues from where Drishyam left off and is a genuine sequel. You think you’ve figured out Georgekutty? At the end of Drishyam 2, you realize you don’t know him at all or how his brain works so carefully.

Vellam — SunNXT

Director: Prajesh Sen

Cast: Jayasurya, Samyuktha Menon, Siddique

An old-fashioned story of an alcoholic and his painfully slow process to recovery is impressively depicted by Jayasurya. This is one long meditation of an alcoholic about his next drink. 

Great Indian Kitchen — Amazon Prime Video

Director: Jeo Baby

Cast: Suraj Venjaramoodu, Nimisha Sajayan

In Great Indian Kitchen a newlywed wife struggles to lead a submissive life with her husband and her in-laws. The film highlights casual patriarchy that’s accepted as the norm.

The Priest — Amazon Prime Video

Director: Jofin T. Chacko

Cast: Mammootty, Manju Warrier, Nikhila Vimal

The Priest comes in the long line of horror films in Malayalam based on Christian symbolisms and ideas. Mammootty rocks his get up as a priest with swagger in this film where he acts with Manju Warrier for the first time. 

Wolf — ZEE5

Director: Shaji Azeez

Cast: Arjun Ashokan, Samyuktha Menon, Shine Tom Chacko

This lockdown chamber drama has a thrilling setup and excellent dark humour. You might not love it’s politics though. 

One — Netflix

Director: Santhosh Viswanath

Cast: Mammootty, Murali Gopy, Joju George, Siddique

This political drama featuring a charismatic Mammootty is an ideastic, if a bit predictable, take on the right kind of chief minister that this country needs. 

Tsunami — Neestream

Director: Jean Paul Lal, Lal

Cast: Balu Varghese, Innocent, Mukesh, Aju Varghese

Directed by Lal and Jean Paul Lal, Tsunami is an adult comedy about a guy whose career as a priest is disrupted by events that also prevent him from getting married. 

Kannada

Yuvarathnaa — Amazon Prime Video

Director: Santhosh Ananddram

Cast: Puneeth Rajkumar, Sayyesha, Prakash Raj

Puneeth Rajkumar saves the education system and the future of millions by helping a government college principal take on those who sell education for money. 

Roberrt — Amazon Prime Video

Director: Tharun Sudhir

Cast: Darshan, Jagapthi Babu, Ravi Kishan

Another large-scale reimagining of several masala film tropes (including Bashha), Roberrt is Kannada cinema’s next big budget pan-Indian film after KGF.

Telugu

Krack — Aha

Director: Gopichand Malineni

Cast: Ravi Teja, Shruti Haasan, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Samuthirakani

The first film to release after lockdown relaxations, Krack was also the first post-lockdown hit. The action film features music by Thaman and an engaging screenplay by Gopichand Malineni.

Jathi Ratnalu — Amazon Prime Video

Director: Anudeep KV

Cast: Navin Polishetty, Rahul Ramakrishna, Priyadarshi, Faria Abdullah

A laugh riot centered on three good-for-nothings from a small town who arrive at Hyderabad to make it big. It might not sound as new on paper but Anudeep KV mines the depths of absurdity in the film that’s all about keeping you laughing without knowing why.

Uppena — Netflix

Director: Bucchi Babu Sana

Cast: Panja Vaisshnav Tej, Krithi Shetty, Vijay Sethupathi

With a superb Vijay Sethupathi as the film’s antagonist, Uppena is a romantic drama with undertones of commentary on caste structures and toxic masculinity. 

Wild Dog — Netflix

Director: Ashishor Solomon

Cast: Nagarjuna, Dia Mirza, Saiyami Kher, Atul Kulkarni

Nagarjuna badasses it in style in this action thriller where he plays Vijay Varma or the ‘Wild Dog’. It’s as wild as it sounds and Nagarjuna exudes coolness and daring in this intelligent thriller (that also takes a simplistic view of Islamic terrorism). 

Vakeel Saab — Amazon Prime Video

Director: Venu Sriram

Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Nivetha Thomas, Shruti Haasan, Prakash Raj

As Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Pink moved South, its remakes became progressively more centered on the male protagonist who ‘saves’ three women in trouble. And with Vakeel Saab it’s become completely that, with the politics and subtext in the original often muted, but entertaining to fans of the Power Star nevertheless. 

Naandhi — Aha

Director: Vijay Kanakamedala

Cast: Allari Naresh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar

Naandhi is a courtroom drama with great writing and one the best performances of his career by Allari Naresh.

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