Lights, Camera and Grandeur – these seem to be the new definition of cinema and the south movies are living up to this expectation not only in India but have audiences applauding for them overseas as well. A recent example of this majestic experience has been SS Rajamouli’s period action drama ‘RRR’, which created history by winning the Golden Globe Award and the Critics Choice Award. There are quite a few unseen gems that have been brewing in the South film industries with their original concepts, cinematography and acting.
Looking to indulge in this world of larger-than-life action scenes and melodious stories? Well, wait no more. Tata Play Binge has come up with a curated list of south movies that are all binge-worthy and all you need is a smartphone, a good internet connection and a comfortable couch for this feast.
Here’s a list of the top 5 South Indian movies across OTT platforms that one can watch on Tata Play Binge:
‘RRR’, available on Netflix and ZEE5, is a high-octane action film directed by SS Rajamouli that won Best Original Song for Naatu Naatu at the Golden Globes and Best Foreign Film at Critics Choice Awards. The story is a fictional account of two historical revolutionaries who travelled away from home before they began fighting for their nation in the 1920s. Comprising a stellar cast Ram Charan, Jr. NTR, Ajay Devgn, and Alia Bhatt, RRR was amongst the most celebrated movies of 2022. This film not only enjoyed enormous success domestically but also abroad in countries like Japan, where it became the highest-grossing Indian movie.
Thanks to its production design, cinematography, and flawless portrayal of the local "Bhoota Kola" culture of Karnataka, this Rishab Shetty-directed, (written and acted as well) Kannada film, ‘Kantara’, which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, proved to be a surprise box office success throughout India. Even though none of the actors in the movie were well-known in Northern India prior to the release of the movie, the movie was a success in its home state and also connected with the Hindi-speaking audience, becoming a much bigger box office success than anticipated. Movies like Kantara have proved this time and again that a brilliant storyline is all the audiences need for entertainment.
ManoramaMAX, a recent addition to Tata Play Binge, gives access to the best of Malayalam entertainment from over the years. One of the celebrated Malayalam thrillers from 2022, ‘John Luther’, will please Jayasurya fans while he fills the screen with his charm, the newest fashions, and a powerful performance. The film revolves around the reported disappearance of a teacher named Prakashan at the police station where John Luther works as a CI. As the investigation moves forward, John has an accident while looking into another case. The mysterious missing person cases in the Devikulam jurisdiction are the focus of the suspenseful dark thriller.
‘Vada Chennai’, which is available on MX Player, is a lauded Tamil film written and directed by Vetrimaaran. The film revolves around Anbu a proficient carrom player who sets foot in the world of crime and joins forces with local gangsters to settle their feuds. However, he decides to take them down when they plan to wipe out his locality. The movie received positive reviews from critics who praised the direction, screenplay, music, action scenes, script, and performances by the cast, especially those of Dhanush, Ameer, Samuthirakani, and Andrea. The film's sequel will soon start production, according to the director's most recent announcement.
Winner at the 67th National Film Awards, ‘Asuran’, is a Tamil film that did well critically and also performed well at the box office. It was one of the ten Indian films to be screened as part of the Best Foreign Film category at the 78th Golden Globe Awards (2021). Available on Amazon Prime Video, the audiences were intrigued by the depiction of the murder of a wealthy, upper caste landlord by the teenage son of a farmer from a lowly caste. The rest of the story centres on whether the farmer, a devoted father and pacifist at heart, will be able to save his hot-tempered son.
‘Jai Bhim’ is a 2021 Indian Tamil-language legal drama film directed by T. J. Gnanavel and produced by Suriya's production company was recognised as one of the best films of its year. Available on Amazon Prime Video, the movie narrates a moving tale of a tribal man who is detained after being accused of stealing, and for which his wife seeks the assistance of a human rights attorney to help achieve justice. Jai Bhim has been recognised with numerous awards and nominations and the movie’s screenplay has been published as a book by the production company and will be offered for sale at the Chennai Book Fair in 2023.