Last year, the pandemic has affected everyone and it has kept the cinephiles at home for almost a year. The only resource for entertainment was the OTT platform which has saved many movies and became a great platform for even small budget movies to reach the audience. Though the theatres opened, we still had many movies released on the online streaming platform. Unlike 2020, this year had some relaxation for the people and we saw how people missed watching movies on the big screens. We had also witnessed most of the theatres filling up with fans and families for weeks.
Things still aren’t totally back to normal and we had the leverage of watching our favourites wherever we preferred. It was indeed a big year for films, we saw some excellent movies releasing either on the streaming platform or in theatres. Movies like Master, Asuran, Doctor, Maanadu, Annaatthe among others had a grand release in theatres and received a wonderful response from the audience and also became a box office hit. And amid all that, we also saw some really great works on the streaming platform including Jai Bhim, Sarpatta Parambarai, Mandela, Oh Mana Penne, Thalaivii, Teddy among others which received good response from the audience as well. Here are the year’s 10 best Tamil films that were released this year on the OTT platform and in theatres.
Jai Bhim received a wonderful response and received national attention for its strong content and impeccable performance by the lead and supporting cast members. The film Directed by TJ Gnanavel was released in Amazon Prime Video on Nov 2nd.
Karnan received a positive response upon its release and was declared a commercially successful movie. Directed by Mari Selvaraj, the film had Dhanush playing the lead while Lal, Rajisha Vijayan, Natarajan Subramaniam, Yogi Babu played important roles. The film hit the screens on April 9th.
Starring Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi, this movie received a tremendous response from fans across the globe and was a super-duper hit. This is one of the highest-grossing Tamil movies this year. Directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj this movie was released on Jan 13th and was appreciated for its making and the charismatic performance of the lead characters.
Mandela is a political satire movie that was released in Netflix on 4th April. The movie received a wonderful response for its strong writing and for the career-defining performance of Yogi Babu. Directed by Madonne Ashwin, this movie also had Sheela Rajkumar, Sangili Murugan, G.M. Sundar, Kanna Ravi among others playing pivotal roles.
Sarpatta Parambarai directed by Pa Ranjith is a movie about traditional sports drama and received tremendous response upon its release in Amazon Prime Video on 22nd July. Starring Arya, Pasupathi, Santhosh Prathap, John Kokken, Kalaiyarasan, Muthukumar among others in important roles. This movie was appreciated for its brilliant writing.
Directed by Nelson Dilipkumar, this fun-filled entertainer received tremendous response for beautiful narration and for the humour that struck the right cord. This movie hit the screens on 26th March and had Sivakarthikeyan playing the lead, Priyanka Arul Mohan, Yogi Babu, Vinay Rai, Redin Kingsley, Sunil among others in pivotal roles.
Directed by Venkat Prabhu, it’s a time loop movie that received a good response from the audience. This film hit the screens on November 25th and was much appreciated for the brilliant performance of Silambarasan TR and SJ Suryah. The film had strong and gripping writing and it also had Kalyani Priyadarshan, S. A. Chandrasekhar, Premgi Amaren, Karunakaran among others playing pivotal roles.
Directed by debutant Franklin Jacob, this film was much appreciated by critics and the audience for its realistic writing and excellent performance of Samuthirakani and Hari Krishnan. Produced by Pa Ranjith, the film hit the screens on December 24th.
Directed by debutant Arun Matheswaran, this movie was completely filled with action and raw violence. The film was much appreciated for its making and the unique style in which the movie was presented to the audience. Rocky hit the screens on 23rd December and had Vasanth Ravi, P. Bharathiraja, Raveena Ravi, Rohini Molleti among others playing pivotal roles.
Directed by AL Vijay, this movie hit the screens on 10th September and received a good response from the audience. The film was much appreciated for Kangana Ranaut and Arvind Swami’s strong performance. The film also featured Nassar, Bhagyashree, Madhoo, Thambi Ramaiah, Samuthirakan among others in pivotal roles.