8 movies to binge-watch this New Year night with your friends on OTT

The first word that comes to our mind when we hear “New Year Eve” is partying. It is that time of the year when all friends gather to party hard. But with many other states already imposing night curfew, due to the Omicron scare, we better be prepared to stay indoors on the night of December 31st. That doesn’t mean no partying. We can always stay home and have friends over and watch movies on the last night of the New Year.

Here are 8 movies to binge watch with your friends on New Year Eve:

#1. The Man from Earth (2007)

The farewell party of John Oldman, a professor, takes a turn when he reveals his unusually long past. Directed by Richard Schenkman, written by Jerome Bixby, and starring David Lee Smith, this English movie received numerous international awards and recognition.

IMDb rating: 7.9

OTT platform: Amazon Prime

#2. Appatlo Okadundevaadu (2016)

Setup in the early ‘90s, this Telugu movie is directed by Sagar K Chandra. The story revolves around a rift between an aspiring cricketer (Sri Vishnu) and a police officer (Nara Rohit) which changes their path of life.

IMDb rating: 7.7

OTT platform: Amazon Prime

#3. Mayanadi (2017)

This Malayalam flick, directed by Aashiq Abu and starring Tovino Thomas and Aishwarya Lakshmi, is inspired from a 1960 French film Breathless. The life of the protagonist, who is a member of a local gang, changes after he accidentally kills a police officer trying to escape from being caught.  The story unfolds as he decides to escape from the country with his ex-girlfriend.

IMDb rating:  7.8

OTT platform: Jio Cinemas, MX player

#4. Newton (2017)

A government clerk is sent on duty to a Naxal area to conduct elections. Strongly determined to make sure that all the citizens of that area cast their votes, the protagonist is ready to face all the obstacles that comes in his way of conducting a peaceful election. Directed by Amit V. Masurkar, starring Rajkumar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi, this Hindi movie is one of the most critically acclaimed movie of that year, bagging several awards and wide recognition.

IMDb rating: 7.7

OTT platform: Amazon Prime

#5. Maragadha Naanayam (2017)

Dubbed into Telugu as Marakathamani, this Malayalam fantasy-comedy is directed by ARK Sarvanan starring Aadhi Pinnisetty and Nikki Galrani. In search of a cursed emerald jewel, two small time crooks summon spirits to help them. The story is focused on their hunt for the treasure and the hilarious drama that takes place between the spirits.

IMDb rating: 7.1

OTT platform: Disney Hotstar, Zee5

#6. Enola Holmes (2020)

Enola Holmes, sister of Sherlock Holmes, discovers that her mother is missing. She escapes to London, disguised as a boy, in search of her mother outwitting her brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft. Mycroft wants her to attend Ms. Harrison’s finishing school and tries to capture her. Starring Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes and Millie Bobby Brown as Elona, this English movie is directed by Harry Bardbeer.

IMDb rating: 6.6

OTT platform: Netflix

#7. Maara (2021)

Maara is a Tamil movie, adapted from the Malayalam blockbuster Charlie, directed by debutant Dhilip Kumar. Starring Madhavan and Shraddha Srinath, this movie couldn’t get a theatrical release due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A young woman reaches a small coastal village in Kerala after escaping a marriage set-up. She finds out that the place she rented in the village belongs to a free-spirited artist Maara. The young woman learns the truths about the artist and his paintings on her mission of finding Maara.

IMDb rating: 7.7

OTT platform: Amazon Prime

#8. The Hangover (2009)

Four friends head to Las Vegas to celebrate the bachelor party of one of them. The movie takes a turn when the groom goes missing the next day and the remaining lose their memory. This American comedy, directed by Todd Philips, is the first part of the Hangover trilogy.

IMDb rating: 7.7

OTT platform: Netflix

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