With the closure of theaters following the lockdown, screenings are shifting to OTT platforms, including Malayalam movies, amid a crisis. As the Kovid crisis continues and uncertainty over the opening of theaters persists, the group ranges from films released directly on ODT to those transferred from theaters to ODT. Although Kovid has had online releases before, this is the first time the movie experience has been entirely on the small screen. This change is part of the realization that the fastest ways to reach audiences around the world are outside the big screen. Here are 13 of the Malayalam films released in 2020 that have been successfully screened on ODT platforms.
1. അഞ്ചാം പാതിര (Ancham Pathira) – MX Player
Ancham Pathira is a crime thriller film written and directed by Mithun Manuel Thomas. The film stars Kunchacko Boban, Indrans, Unnimaya Prasad, Srinath Bhasi, Remya Nambeesan and Jinu Joseph.
2. ബിഗ് ബ്രദര് (Big Brother) – Amazon Prime Video
Big Brother is an action thriller film written and directed by Siddique. The film stars Mohanlal in the lead role and Mirna Menon in the lead role. Arbas Khan, Anoop Menon, Vishnu Unnikrishnan, Siddique and Honey Rose play other important roles.
3. ഷൈലോക്ക് ( Shylock )- Amazon Prime Video
Shylock is an action thriller directed by Ajay Vasudev. The film stars Mammootty, Rajkiran and Meena Durairaj. Shylock is written by newcomers Aneesh Hameed and Bibin Mohan.
4. അന്വേഷണം (Anweshanam) – Amazon Prime Video
Anveshanamis a thriller film directed by Prasobh Vijayan. The movie stars Jayasurya in the lead role and stars Leona Lishoi, Shruthi Ramachandran, Nandu, Vijay Babu, Lal and Lena.
5. അയ്യപ്പനും കോശിയും (Ayyappanum Koshiyum) – Amazon Prime Video
Ayyappanum Koshiyum is a Malayalam language action thriller film written and directed by Sachi and released on February 7, 2020. Starring Prithviraj and Biju Menon in the lead roles, the film is produced by Ranjith and PM Sasidharan under the banner of Gold Coin Motion Pictures.
6. വരനെ ആവശ്യമുണ്ട്(Varane Avashyamundu)- Netflix
Anoop Sathyan, son of Sathyan Anthikkad, has written and directed his first family film. He also produced the film starring Dulquer Salman. Kalyani Priyadarshan is the heroine. Suresh Gopi, Shobhana, Urvashi, KPAC Lalitha, Major Ravi and Lalu Alex played the lead roles in the film.
7. ട്രാന്സ് (Trans) – Amazon Prime Video
Trance is a psychological thriller directed by Anwar Rashid. Produced by Anwar Rashid Entertainment, the film stars Fahad Fazil in the lead role. Nazriya Naseem, Saubin Zaheer, Vinayakan and Gautham Menon play the lead roles. Amal Neerad is the cinematographer of the film.
8. പാപം ചയ്യാത്തവര് കല്ലെറിയട്ടെ(Papam Cheyyathavar Kaleriyatte)- Amazon Prime Video
Shambhu Purushothaman is a family comedy film. Starring Vinay Fort, Tini Tom, Sreena, Santi Balachandran, Arun Kurian, Anumol and Alanzier Lopez, the film tells the story of two families in the context of a marriage.
9. ഫോറന്സിക്(Forensics) – Netflix
Forensic is a crime thriller film directed by Akhil Paul and Anas Khan. Tovino Thomas is the protagonist of the film. Apart from Tovino, the film also stars Mamta Mohandas, Ranji Panicker, Prathap Pothen, Saiju Kurup, Dhanesh Anand and Reba Monica John.
10. കപ്പേള(Kappela)- Netflix
Kappela is the first film to be directed and written by Mohammad Mustafa. Starring Anna Ben, Roshan Mathew and Srinath Bhasi. The show started in theaters on March 7, 2020, but was canceled a week later due to Kovid. The show premiered on Netflix on June 22nd.
11. സൂഫിയും സുജാതയും (Sufiyum and Sujathayum) – Amazon Prime Video
Sufiyum and Sujathayum is a romantic thriller film written and directed by Naranipuzha Shanavas. The film starring Jayasurya, guest Rao Hydari and Dev Mohan was directed by Vijay Babu. The music is composed by M Jayachandran. Due to Kovid, the film was released directly on the OTT platform. This is the first Malayalam movie to be released through OTT.
12. മണിയറയിലെ അശോകന് (Maniyarayile Asokan)- Netflix
Maniyarayile Asokan is a romantic comedy film directed by Shamsu Saiba and produced by Dulquer Salman. The film also stars Anupama Parameswaran, Krishnashankar and Shine Tom Chacko in the title role. The film was released on Netflix on August 31
13. സി യു സൂണ് (C U Soon) – Amazon Prime Video
C U Soon is a mystery thriller film directed by Mahesh Narayanan. The film stars Fahad Fazil, Roshan Mathew, Darshana Rajendran, Saiju Kurup and Mala Parvathy in the lead roles. Produced by Fahad Fazil and Nazriya Naseem, the film was released on September 1 on Amazon Prime Video. The film was shot entirely on a lockdown with an iPhone.