The Malayalam film industry may be in two minds about directly releasing movies on OTT platforms, but there are plenty of options online for movie lovers. If you missed these movies when they were in theatres, or just want to soak in the experience once more from the comfort of your home, here’s our list of the best new films to watch online (with subtitles!):
A single mother with a grown-up daughter falls in love with her grumpy neighbour, a retired army officer. The film picks up this quintessential rom-com thread and weaves it into a fun, engaging narrative that brings together a host of characters. Directed by debutant Anoop Sathyan and produced by Dulquer Salmaan, what makes this a thoroughly entertaining watch are the actors playing the main leads—Shobana and Suresh Gopi, besides talents such as Urvashi and KPAC Lalitha pitching in with their charming bits. Dulquer plays second fiddle and Kalyani Priyadarshan is impressive as the daughter. Blame it on good old nostalgia, but just that opening montage song, which is also a love letter to Shobana, is an instant pick-me-up.
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In the picturesque backdrop of a quaint hilly town in North Kerala lives Jessy with her strict father, mother and sister. A wrongly dialled number triggers a telephonic romance with a rickshaw driver. But the narrative takes the tone of a thriller when they plan to meet. With the extremely effective Anna Ben breathing life into the naïve, starry-eyed Jessie, Roshan Mathews as her boyfriend and Sreenath Bhasi bringing in the intrigue, Kappela, the directorial debut of actor Muhammad Musthafa, is engaging and nothing quite prepares you for the twists and turns.
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Touted as one of the most-awaited films of last year, Trance had a casting coup of sorts, apart from marking the return of director Anwar Rasheed. Written by Vincent Vadakkan, Fahadh Faasil headlines the narrative about a young motivational speaker who...