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Top Malayalam movies of 2021 on OTT that changed the game for Mollywood

Here is a list of popular Malayalam movies of 2021 available on OTTs:

Megha Mukundan
Dec 28, 2021
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The year 2021 has been a path-defining era for Malayalam cinema. The industry produced many of its gems, which are capable enough to bring a revolution to the cine space. Whether it be in terms of modern techniques or the themes explored, a complete evolution has been the signature style of Mollywood this year. And with the advent of OTTs in the wake of the pandemic, the scope of the cinema world has only expanded. 

Mollywood has explored themes like gender disparity to science-fiction in the films like the State Award-winning drama The Great Indian Kitchen and the LJP directorial Churuli. Dileesh Pothan’s Joji, Jayasurya starrer Sunny, and Don Palathara’s Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam are some other titles, which had a very unique approach and presentation. The filmmakers have experimented with Shakespeare drama adaptation, exploring loneliness and one-shot cinema.

Here is a list of popular Malayalam movies of 2021 available on OTTs:

1
Malik
9.2OTTplay Rating
The Fahadh Faasil starrer political thriller has been one of the blockbusters of the year. Helmed by Mahesh Narayanan, the movie revolves around a localite-turned-politician raising his voice against corruption in his coastal village. Things take a turn when his nephew is tasked to bring him down.
2
Kala
6.7OTTplay Rating
Helmed by Rohith V, the Tovino starrer is a psychological action thriller dealing with a very sensitive topic of caste and class discrimination. It features debutante Moor in a powerful performance alongside Tovino, which earned him much praise.
3
THE GREAT INDIAN KITCHEN
8.5OTTplay Rating
The State Award-winning social drama is a raw narrative on the gender disparity of women inside houses. Helmed by Jeo baby, the movie features Nimisha Sajayan in an intense and brave role, alongside Suraj Venjaramoodu, T Suresh Babu and Ramadevi.
4
Kurup
7OTTplay Rating
Helmed by Srinath Rajendran, the Dulquer Salman starrer is a narrative based on real-life incidents of criminal Sukumara Kurup. He is still on the run after committing a brutal murder and several scams, which is the central plot idea of the movie,
5
Joji
7.8OTTplay Rating
The Dileesh Pothan directorial is all about an engineering dropout, having dreams of becoming rich. Things take a turn after an unexpected event takes place in his family. The crime drama is inspired by the Shakespearan tragedy Macbeth. It features Fahadh Faasil in the titular role alongside the most talented cast including Baburaj, Shammi Thilakan, Unnimaya Prasad and Basil Joseph.
6
Churuli
7.2OTTplay Rating
The sci-fi thriller helmed by Mollywood’s experimental filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery is a tale about two police officers going on a search for a wanted criminal.
7
#Home
8.7OTTplay Rating
The Rojin Thomas directorial is about a technologically-challenged dad trying to connect with his young children. It features promising actors like Indrans, Sreenath Bhasi, Naslen K Gafoor, Deepa Thomas, Manju Pillai and Vijay Babu.
8
Vellam
7.5OTTplay Rating
The Jayasurya starrer is all about an alcoholic struggling with withdrawal symptoms. Things become tough when he finds himself to be a burden to his family and society. The movie has also earned State Award for the actor this year for his impeccable performance, and is helmed by Prajesh Sen.
9
Aarkkariyam
6.7OTTplay Rating
The movie revolves around a married couple who moves to their hometown in Kerala during the lockdown, and the personal challenges they face. Helmed by Sanu Varghese, the movie features Biju Menon, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Sharaf U Dheen and Saiju Kurup.
10
Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham
5.3OTTplay Rating
The absurd comedy drama is all about the personal life of a couple, where the husband tries to win his wife’s heart. The movie has been talked about much due to the use of absurd satire in an extra dramatical way. It features Nivin Pauly, Grace Antony, Vinay Forrt, and Joy Mathew.
11
Nayattu
8.2OTTplay Rating
The Martin Prakkat directorial follows three police officers on their run after being framed as suspects of corruption. The political thriller has drawn inspiration from real-life incidents as well. It stars Nimisha Sajayan, Joju George, and Kunchacko Boban in prominent roles.
12
Kaanekkaane
8.1OTTplay Rating
The thriller drama directed by Manu Ashokan deals with a family drama including an old Tahsildar and his son-in-law, which soon turns to an emotional thriller after an unexpected incident. The movie features Suraj Venjaramoodu, Tovino Thomas, Aishwarya Lekshmi and Shruti Ramachandran.
13
Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam
7.8OTTplay Rating
The comedy drama, helmed by Senna Hegde, is about a bride having second thoughts a day before her engagement. Set within two days of the ceremony, the entire movie happens around a house. It stars Manoj K U, Ajisha Prabhakaran and Anagha Narayanan in prominent roles.
14
Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam
6.6OTTplay Rating
Helmed by Don Palathara, the entire movie is a single shot one, set inside a car. It features a live-in couple on their anxious conversation after the woman gets later on her period. The movie has Rima Kallingal and Jitin Puthencherry handling the two roles perfectly.
15
Operation Java
8.4OTTplay Rating
The Tharun Moorthy directorial revolves around a team of police officers on a mission to investigate a series of mysterious crimes in cyberspace. It has Balu Varghese, Binu Pappu, Mathew Thomas and Mamitha Baiju handling vital roles.
16
Aanum Pennum
5.5OTTplay Rating
The path-breaking anthology comprises stories set in different timelines of the history and explores the female strength in a relationship. The brave female protagonists could be seen tackling the crisis brought by their male counterparts.
17
Drishyam 2
8.3OTTplay Rating
The Mohanlal-starrer is the sequel of the hit thriller Drishyam. It revolves around a man trying to protect his family from an unexpected crime, and is helmed by Jeethu Joseph.
18
Kuruthi
7.6OTTplay Rating
The Prithviraj-starrer is about a widower grieving the loss of his wife and child. His life takes a twist after a policeman arrives at his residence with a criminal. Helmed by Manu Warrier, the movie stars Roshan Mathew, Srindaa and Shine Tom Chacko.
19
Sara's
6.3OTTplay Rating
Another path-breaking movie from Mollywood, Sara’s deals with women’s choice of pregnancy and abortion. Helmed by Jude Anthany Joseph, the movie has Anna Ben, Sunny Wayne and Jibu Jacob playing vital roles.
20
Sunny
7.7OTTplay Rating
The movie is all about Sunny, a failed musician dealing with his solitude after an unexpected incident. Helmed by Ranjith Shankar, the movie has Jayasurya playing the titular role.


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