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From Manassinakkare to Nizhal: Nayanthara’s Malayalam movies to watch before her OTT debut

Megha Mukundan

Megha Mukundan
Jul 19, 2021

Actress Nayanthara is set to make her debut in OTT with Netflix’s web series Baahubali: Before the Beginning. It is a prequel to SS Rajamouli’s epic films Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) and Baahubali: The Conclusion (2017). Even though the series is yet to be officially announced, the audiences are thrilled about the lady superstar’s debut in the series.

The actress who started her career in Mollywood in 2003, has come a long way and cemented a strong position among South India’s top actresses. She has worked in multiple languages including Tamil and Telugu. The actress has worked in over 70 movies so far. Unbeknownst to many, the actress has worked in various Malayalam movies too. She has left people in awe with her acting in those films too.

Here is a list of her Malayalam films which are a must-watch…

1
Manassinakkare
7.2OTTplay Rating
Marking the debut of Nayanthara, this Sathyan Anthikad movie has been every Malayali’s favourite since 2003. The family drama revolves around a rich widow Kochu Thresia (Sheela) and her friend Reji (Jayaram), who becomes her relief amid family issues.
2
Vismayathumbathu
5.4OTTplay Rating
Writer-director Fazil’s psychological thriller is about Sreekumar (Mohanlal) coming across the spirit of Reetha (Nayanthara) from his friend’s house. The supporting actors are Mukesh, Harisree Ashokan, Nedumudi Venu and K.B Ganesh Kumar.
3
Puthiya Niyamam
6.9OTTplay Rating
The crime drama by A.K Sajan introduced Vasuki to the world, an impeccable character played by Nayanthara. The story is about a strong woman who decides to take revenge on the neighbours who raped her. Nayanthara starred opposite Mammootty in the film.
4
Love, Action, Drama
5.5OTTplay Rating
Dhyan Sreenivasan’s romcom is about Dinesh (Nivin Pauly) who tries to impress a successful businesswoman Shobha (Nayanthara) and marries her later. The supporting cast includes Aju Varghese, Durga Krishna, Mallika Sukumaran and Sreenivasan.
5
Nizhal
6.2OTTplay Rating
The 2021 film by Appu N Bhattathiri is a mystery thriller starring Nayanthara and Kunchacko Boban. Nizhal is about John (Kunchacko Boban), who comes across a boy narrating stories about murders. The stories happen in real life, which forces John to investigate them and solve the mystery.
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