The streaming platform, which forayed into Tamil with the premiere of award-winning film Thaen, has picked up a few exciting releases
Till recently, Netflix and Amazon Prime used to be two major digital streaming platforms for Tamil movies which went the OTT way. The first Tamil film to have a direct-to-streaming release after the lockdown came into existence was Jothika-starrer Ponmagal Vandhal. Keerthy Suresh's Penguin which was the next notable release, too, had its premiere in the same platform. Later, the much-awaited Soorarai Pottru, too, followed the suit. Similarly, the Tamil anthology Paava Kadhaigal and Dhanush-starrer Jagame Thandhiram were picked up by Netflix, after understanding the demand for these projects. Looks like SonyLIV has now upped their game with back-to-back releases from Kollywood. They forayed into Tamil with the premiere of award-winning film Thaen. This was followed by Vaazhl produced by Sivakarthikeyan, which had many viewers waiting for. Aishwarya Rajesh-starrer thriller flick, Thitttam Irandu, which had a direct release more than a week ago, was the last film they brought before the audience. The OTT platform, we hear, has picked up a few exciting Tamil releases. Check out a few of them which will have a premiere soon...
Music composer-turned-actor GV Prakash's Ayngaran, directed by Ravi Arasu, is all set for a release on August 13. The project, which was announced in 2016 by Ravi, went on floors in 2017. Bankrolled by B Ganesh of Common Man Pictures, the film was supposed to hit screens in 2019, but it got postponed several times owing to different issues. The movie, which has GV Prakash, who has also composed music, will be seen playing a mechanical engineering graduate in it. Though Madonna Sebastian was initially considered by the makers to play the female lead of the film, Mahima Nambiar was later roped in to play Prakash's romantic interest.
Directed by Chimbudevan, the Tamil anthology, which features six episodes, will be released on the streaming platform soon. Though the makers are yet to come up with an official date, Venkat Prabhu, who has produced the project, along with Trident Arts Ravi, has made an announcement from his Twitter account on Sunday. Kasada Thapara, which went on floors two years ago, narrates six stories - it has six editors, six music composers and six cinematographers working on it. Apart from producing the project, Venkat Prabhu has also acted in it, along with Harish Kalyan, Regina Cassandra, Sundeep Kishan, Priya Bhavani Shankar, Shanthnu, Premgi and Vijayalakshmi.
Santhanam's Biscuit was the first film to have released in theatres in Tamil Nadu last year after the first lockdown of 2020 due to which movie halls were shut down for eight months. Though there is no update regarding the release of his film Dikkiloona, it is now confirmed that his movie, Sabhapathy, which had R Srinivasa Rao at the helm, will be releasing on the digital platform in the first week of September. The film, which touches upon father-son relationship, will have MS Bhaskar playing Santhanam's father. The duo had played father-son earlier in A1 Express. There are reports of Santhanam's long-delayed movie Server Sundaram opting for an OTT release, though an official announcement is awaited, though.
Manikandan's Kadaisi Vivasayi piqued the curiousity of film buffs since the time of its announcement, thanks to the director's earlier films like Kaaka Muttai, Kuttrame Thandanai and Aandavana Kattalai, which were all critically-acclaimed and liked by the audience.. The news of Vijay Sethupathi doing a pivotal role in the movie, which was wrapped up three years ago, had escalated the expectations among his fans and others. The movie's story revolves around Nallandi, an 85-year-old farmer and the various struggles he has to face in life. Manikandan had approached none other than Rajinikanth to play the role which Sethupathi took up later. According to sources, the film is expected to have a release on the OTT platform in October.
Though Karthick Naren's third film, Mafia, had a theatrical release earlier last year, his second project, which has Arvind Swami, Shriya Indrajith, Sundeep Kishan and Aathmika essaying lead roles, has been lying in the cans for a long time. After a fallout the director had with Gautham Menon, who was producing the movie, nothing went right for the project with regard to its theatrical release. After a few futile attempts to make it to the big screens, the makers decided to go the OTT way. The multi-starrer horror flick was supposed to be release on SonyLIV this month, but looks like it will almost a couple of months more to premiere on the platform.