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10 Hidden Gems of Malayalam Cinema on Netflix

Netflix maybe the storehouse of amazing original content but when it comes to regional content, Netflix is still running the race. However, the few regional content it has are simply astounding. Malayalam cinema is a scarce in Netflix, so to ease up the process for you, here’s a list of ten must watch Malayalam movies on Netflix. (The films are ranked in no particular order)

1.Varane Avashyamund (2020)

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Genre : Comedy Drama

Cast : Dulquer Salman, Kalyani, Sobhana, Suresh Gopi

The stellar cast was the first thing that excited me about this beautiful film. Sobhana and Suresh Gopi, one of the most anticipated duo of the 90s reunite in Varane Avasyamund. Veteran director Priyadarshan’s daughter Kalyani Priyadarshan also makes her debut in Malayalam opposite Dulquer Salman (The film is Dulquer’s maiden production venture). If I were to describe Varane Avasyamund in one word I would say, soulful. It leaves us with a big smile on our faces. The story is excellent and will keep you engaged throughout.

2.Uyare (2019)

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Genre : Social Drama

Cast: Parvathy. Asif Ali, Tovino Thomas

Parvathy Thiruvoth shines in this Bobby-Sanjay script. The film is about an acid attack survivor who rises above the odds. It is interesting to note how the writers deviate from the clichéd storytelling about acid attacks. The film covers many layers and is an intense drama that will make you think as you watch. Asif Ali is another highlight of Uyare. His brilliant portrayal of the antagonist makes us hate him so much!

3. Comrade in America (2017)

Genre : Adventure

Cast : Dulquer Salman, Chandani

If communist ideologies excite you, maybe this film will too. Dulquer Salman unites with director Amal Neerad to play Aji, a communist from Kerala who travels all the way to America illegally to find his girlfriend. How he reaches his destination miles across his country is really engaging to watch. Surprisingly, CIA released on May 5, the birthdate of Karl Max who also happens to be the flag bearer of communist ideologies.

4. Njan Prakshan (2018)

Genre : Coming of age drama

Cast : Fahad Faasil, Anju Kurian, Sreenivasan

There was a time for me when I thought that may be director Satyan Anthikad’s reign over Malayalam cinema has ceased. With new storytelling styles, he may find it difficult to recreate his 90s magic. But his recent film Njan Prakashan proved me wrong. Using his template of ‘careless young boy learns life’, Satyan Anthikad recreates his old charisma on the screen. The film is humorous, soulful and deep. Do give it a watch.

5. Kappela (2020)

Genre : Coming of age drama

Cast : Anna Ben, Roshan Mathew, Sreenath Bhasi

Kappela is one of those films that could not enjoy a theatrical release due to the pandemic. Nonetheless, its Netflix released made up for that. Anna Ben plays Jessi, a naïve young girl who finds herself in trouble over a missed call. The film is very raw, real and visually captivating. Roshan Mathews and Sreenath Bhasi also offer astounding performances.

Related : Kappela Movie Review

6. Aadu 2 (2019)

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Genre : Comedy

Cast : Jayasurya, Vijay Babu etc.

It was director Midhun Manuel Thomas’s strong belief that made him film a sequel to a flop film. And guess what, the sequel turns out to be a blockbuster success! Aadu 2 gets everything right that Aadu got wrong. It is the character development that makes this film so lovable and memorable. If you are in for non-stop laughter, then this one is just right for you.

7. Angamaly Diaries (2017)

Genre : Action

Cast : Anthony Varghese, Sarath Appani

Lijo Jose Pellisery’s cinematic style may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Angamaly Diaries, which marks the debut of actor Antony Varghese is a crime drama thriller in the backdrop of Angamaly, a place in Ernakulam city. Like every other LJP film, this one too is raw, intense, and visually stunning.

8. Sudani from Nigeria (2018)

Genre : Sports drama

Cast : Soubin Shahir, Samuel

Zakariya Mohammad’s directorial debut Sudani from Nigeria is a feel good sports drama shot extensively in the backdrop of Northern Kerala. A football fan can never miss this film. Soubin Shahir (he also won Kerala State Award for Best Actor for this film) plays Majeed, a local football team manager. Samuel, a Nigerian footballer in his team meets with an accident and becomes Majeed’s responsibility. Over the period Samuel recovers, his relationship with Majeed strengthens. The film is all about love, kindness and football.

9. Vikrithi (2019)

Genre : Social Drama

Cast : Soubin Shahir, Sooraj Venjaramoodu

Based on true incident, Vikrithi is a remainder to be kind with your digital devices in public places. The intensity with which it may tear apart lives can’t be imagined. A mute man’s photo had gone viral on social media. The photo claimed that the man was found drunk and unconscious on the metro. However, this wasn’t the truth. This is the incident that Vikrithi visualizes. Suraj Venjaramoodu amazes us with his mind numbing performance.

10.Eeda (2018)

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Genre : Romantic tragedy

Cast : Nimisha Sajayan, Shane Nigam

There have been very adaptations of Shakespearean tragedy in Malayalam cinema and Eeda is one of them. It is the adaptation of Shakespeare’s acclaimed novel Romeo and Juliet. Kannur becomes Verona in director Ajithkumar’s version of Romeo and Juliet. The story happens in the backdrop of the political warfare of Kannur. Nimisha Sajayan and Shane Nigam deliver intense and praiseworthy performances.

Related : Adapting Shakespearean tragedies in Indian Cinema

Special Thank You and Shout out to Tejas Nair for his valuable suggestions that helped me improve the quality of my posts! Check out his work here, you are going to love it!

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