Best Malayalam Movies on Hotstar (2020)
Here’s your complete streaming guide for Malayalam movies to watch on Hotstar.
Malayalam films are always a delight to watch. Disney + Hotstar has some really amazing Malayalam films that you should not miss at any cost.
Genre: Romantic Comedy Drama
There’s nothing more refreshing than an Anjali Menon directorial. Bringing together the most loved young Malayalam actors, Bangalore Days just leaves you satisfied and nostalgic. It’s like a breeze of fresh air in our constant mechanical lives. The three lead actors – Nazriya Nazim, Dulquer Salman, and Nivin Pauly deliver a performance of a lifetime. Find me one person who hates this film and I’ll stop watching films forever!
2. Action Hero Biju
Genre: Comedy-police procedural drama
What comes to your mind when you think of a cop movie? Gravity-defying fight sequences, chasing, some power pact dialogues, right? Action Hero Biju breaks all these clichés. It’s by far the most honest portrayal of a lowly cop from Kerala. Watch this film to get a clearer insight into the day-to-day life of a sub-inspector. The best thing about Action Hero Biju is how it incorporates so many subplots without boring us even for a second.
3. Take Off
Genre: Thriller Drama
Remember the ordeal of Indian nurses in Iraq a couple of years back? Take Off is a fictionalized version of the same incident. Backed by some power-packed performances the film thrills us till the end. Directed by Mahesh Narayanan, Take Off has some really gripping and intriguing visuals and stunts that are crucial to the art of filmmaking.
4.Aadu – Oru Bheekara Jeevi Ahnu
Genre: Slapstick Comedy Drama
Before you judge the film for its commercial failure, let me remind you that the second installment of Aadu broke all the box office records that year! Maybe the initial failure was because the audience was not ready for an experimental character-driven cinema rather than a story-driven cinema. Aadu is all about the characters in it. From Shaji Paapan to Lolan, you are going to love all the characters for making you laugh so hard.
Genre: Coming-of-age romance
This film is just impossible to describe. It’s a Malayalam definition of a “complete entertainer”. There’s action, there’s some soulful music, there are punch dialogues, there’s romance, there’s everything you want in a film. Premam feels fresh every time you watch it.
6. Ennu Ninde Moideen
Genre: Biographical romantic drama
How long can love wait? A lifetime. Ennu Ninde Moideen is a testament to that. Based on the story of a real couple, Ennu Ninde Moideen stands the test of time to prove that true love exists and that it does not require religion or faith to succeed. The film is set in the early 70s and the makers have done a great job in recreating the era. Performances by Parvathy Thiruvoth and Prithviraj Sukumaran are splendid. In a time where relationships are lost for no particular reason, Kanchana and Moideen make you believe in honest relationships.
Genre: Psychological drama
Yet another Anjali Menon brilliance, Koode is the Malayalam adaptation of Atul Kulkarni’s Marathi film Happy Journey. Koode is a soothing ride of two hours that will make you smile and cry. Joshua, played by Prithviraj Sukumaran returns home after several years to attend his baby sister’s funeral. He was shipped off to a foreign land due to his family’s financial constraints and since then life has been merely a mechanical existence for him. He never really had a good time with his sister. Maybe that’s why she comes back as a ghost to turn him into a human of emotions and feelings.
8.Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi
Genre: Road Adventure
Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi is like a breath of fresh air. In the time of pestilence, this is the closest you can explore the outer world! Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi is one of the finest road movies ever made in Indian cinema. Dulquer Salman plays Kasi and Sunny Wayne plays Suni. Kasi and Suni are on a destination to find Kasi’s estranged girlfriend in Nagaland. The journey turns out to be a revelation for them and they explore bits of themselves that they never knew existed.
Genre: Coming of age romantic comedy
Most female-oriented films are either too preachy or very intense. That’s where June begs to differ. June is not a film about how a woman overcame the odds by struggle and hard work. It’s a simple delightful movie carried by a female protagonist (whose name is June) that details her life of ten years (from 16 to 26). The film beautifully captures the teenage dilemma, first crush, first heartbreak, and life after. Personally, films that are carried entirely by female actors seem more empowering than films that preach gender equality.
If you are in for a cathartic experience, then this one is a perfect choice. A middle-class father has high dreams for his son. He wants him to become an IAS officer and has been preparing his son for that for a long time. But unexpected things turn their life upside down when the father gets diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a disease that robs the person of his memory. But the son is not ready to give up. The series of events and how they cope with the sudden turns of events is what the film is all about.
Genre: Suspense Crime Thriller
I still remember when the film was released in 2014. It was a blockbuster film. People could not stop talking about it. With a great deal of effort, I somehow managed to dodge away from all the spoilers of this crime drama. The way the film makes you feel towards the end is priceless. It keeps you at the edge of your seat throughout. Nothing more to mention about this one hell of a film. I can guarantee you that it’s totally different from the kind of crime suspense drama you have seen to date.
Kunjiramayanam marks the directorial debut of acclaimed director Basil Joseph. Let’s just call it an installment of ‘Basil Joseph’s cinematic universe’. The film is all about the characters. I’m not sure if the film would excite a non-Malayalee the way it excites a Malayalee. But it’s worth a shot. The story takes place in a fictional town called ‘Desom’. Vineeth Sreenivasan plays Kunjiraman who is a Gulf Malayalee desperately looking for a prospective bride. The film is a fun and light-hearted entertainer that offers some generous laughs throughout.
13.Njandukalude Naatil Oridavela
Mrs.Sheela Chacko is diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. In a typical scenario, we expect the family plunged into despair and oblivion. But Njandukalude Naatil Oridavela veers away from this convention. It explores the plight of the family members (Her husband and three kids) through humor. But it does not belittle the seriousness of the deadly disease. It just uses humor as a positive approach in such circumstances. Well, as they say, ‘Laughter is the best medicine!’. This film proves that the old saying is in fact true.
Genre: Action Drama
It was only after watching Kammatipaadam that I understood the brief history of my city, Ernakulam (in Kerala). Beneath my city lies the blood and unheard voices of the oppressed Dalit community. Their lands were forcibly taken and used to supplement the booming real-estate mafia. Kammatipaadam, directed by Rajiv Ravi, digs deeper into this lesser-known fact. The film has Dulquer Salman and Vinayakan giving us some brilliant performances.
It is films like these that uphold the essence of Malayalam cinema. There are some mind-blowing performances and realistic scenes that make us feel as if we are right there. Fahad Faasil, as always acts with his eyes. Comedian turned actor Suraj Venjaramood astonishes us while newcomer Nimisha Sajayan delivers a performance that transcends our expectations from a debutant. ‘Kallan Prakashan’ (played by Fahad) is caught while he attempts to steal Sreeja’s (Nimisha) gold chain. In the impulse, he ends up swallowing the chain. The events that follow complete the narrative.
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