Over the past decade or so, the likes of Bangalore Days, Ustad Hotel, Premam, North 24 Kaatham, and Drishyam, among others, have stood out as gleaming testimonies to the brilliance of Malayalam cinema. Backed by some terrific scripts and stunning performances, several Malayalam movies over the years have not only managed to strike gold at Kerala’s box office but have also carved a fan base in other states. Hitting the nail with their relatable characters, engaging plots, and thoughtful tales, these films have been increasingly turning into our firm favourites when it comes to regional cinema. As we continue to wait for our beloved actors to return to the silver screen, here’s a list of 8 brilliant Malayalam movies that you must watch on Amazon Prime Video.
#1 Kumbalangi Nights
Set in the dreamy village of Kumbalangi, in Kochi, Kumbalangi Nights centres on the peculiar relationship between four brothers, and how a turn of events unites them. A heart-touching narrative, unique character arcs, and brilliant technicalities will make you fall for it instantly. Watch out for the exceptional act by Fahadh Faasil, who plays Shammi in the movie.
A film that showcases Kerala’s response when fazed by the sudden outbreak of the life-threatening Nipah virus. An immersive film that keeps you hooked till the end, Virus features a slew of popular faces including Parvathy Thiruvothu, Tovino Thomas, Madonna Sebastian and Revathi, among others. And given the current scenario across the globe, the ending note of the film could well reinstate our hopes of winning the battle against a deadly virus.
#3 Ayyappanum Koshiyum
Easily one of the most gripping Malayalam movies streaming on Amazon Prime Video right now, Ayyapanum Koshiyum will keep you riveted all through its runtime of 2 hours 55 minutes. Directed by Sachy, it takes us through the rip roaring contest between two blazing characters-played by Prithviraj Sukumaran and Biju Menon. You wouldn’t want to miss this one.
Yet another Malayalam film that oozes technical brilliance, Trance tries to shed light on the dark reality of how people are manipulated in the name of religion. Above all, Trance is an out-and-out Fahadh Faasil special. The actor, who plays a Pastor, sinks his teeth into the complexity of the role and leaves the viewers with a deep impact. If not for anything else, watch this film purely for Faasil.
All hell breaks loose in a seemingly placid world when a young woman gets trapped inside the cold storage unit at her workplace. Stranded for hours without any help, her attempts to survive the bone-chilling cold is what unfolds in this interesting drama.
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Outstanding performances, a likeable tale and a beautiful bond that develops between a conservative villager and a robot are what await to memserise you in the world of Android Kunjappan. Another gem from the lot of Malayalam movies on Amazon Prime Video that you must watch.
A freshly trained unit of Kerala Police is left in a spot when they have to defend themselves in a Maoist-prone electoral constituency of Chattisgarh. Starring none other than Mammootty, Unda is a well-directed film that certainly deserves a watch.
Chaos ensues when a buffalo, which was supposed to be slaughtered, runs amok in a remote village in Kerala. Packed with numerous layers, even though Jallikattu might not be your typical cup of tea, it demands your attention for the sheer technical brilliance and the immersive experience in store.