Netflix recently released the list of its most watched Malayalam films of 2023. Here we bring the 10 films the list, including Kaapa, Minnal Murali and more, that deserve a revisit.
Malayalam cinema has been considered the most content-driven industry in India and produces some of the best films every year. With the immense growth achieved by the OTT streaming platforms across the globe after the pandemic, the exceptional content produced by the industry has been getting much-deserved exposure among global audiences.
Recently, Netflix revealed the list of the most-watched Malayalam films of 2023, and it includes some of the finest movies produced by the industry in the past couple of years. Here we present the 10 most notable films from the list that you can stream again. Have a look...
The 2022-released Shaji Kailas directorial, which is bankrolled by the FEFKA writers’ union, featured a stellar star cast including Prithviraj Sukumaran, Asif Ali, Aparna Balamurali, and Anna Ben in the lead roles. Interestingly, Kaapa has emerged as the most-watched Malayalam film on Netflix in 2023, with 49,00,000 hours of streaming. Kaapa's powerful performances, interesting premise, and effective making make it a movie that deserves a revisit.
The highly acclaimed movie, which stars Joju George in a double role, is in the second position on Netflix’s list with 42,00,000 viewing hours. Iratta, which is helmed by Rohith MG Krishnan, stunned audiences with its exceptional making, performances, and shocking twists. If you wish to watch or revisit a well-made Malayalam thriller film, this one is a perfect choice.
This Basil Joseph directorial is unarguably one of the most loved Malayalam films on the celebrated streaming platform. Minnal Murali has entered the list of the most-viewed Malayalam films of 2023, with 35,00,000 hours of views. The effective narration of a comic-book-like superhero story, especially the captivating origin stories of both the villain and hero, makes this Tovino Thomas starrer a great film to revisit this festive season.
CBI 5: The Brain
Despite receiving mixed reviews from the evolved Malayalam cinema audiences, the fifth installment of the iconic CBI franchise earned fourth place in Netflix’s 2023 most-watched list with 33,00,000 streaming hours. CBI 5: The Brain, which stars Mammootty in the role of CBI officer Sethurama Iyer, is a perfect choice for rewatching, especially if you are familiar with the legacy of the character and franchise.
Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam
The project, which marked Mammootty and Lijo Jose Pellissery’s first onscreen collaboration, is in the fifth position on Netflix’s list with 20,000 hours of views. Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam, which has been considered one of the finest Malayalam films to hit screens in recent times, deserves a revisit just for its stellar performances and excellent making, which make it a light-hearted yet memorable cinematic experience.
Interestingly, the different language versions of Kurup have earned the 10th, 23rd, 24th, and 26th positions in Netflix’s most-viewed list of 2023. Notably, the Hindi version of the Dulquer Salmaan starrer has topped the list, followed by the Tamil and Telugu versions. The stylish making and leading man Dulquer’s notable performance have made this biographical period crime thriller a film that is loved by many to revisit.
This crime thriller revolves around the revenge of a schoolteacher (played by Amala Paul), who was raped by some college students. The Teacher, which stunned audiences with its powerful and realistic portrayal of the social stigma and trauma surrounding a survivor, is a perfect film to revisit if you are in search of some underrated gems.
This Vincy Aloshious-starring revenge drama revolves around the life of a young woman named Rekha, who sets out on a dark journey after an eventful. This Jithin Issac Thomas directorial, which crossed 14,00,000 hours on Netflix in 2023, is a perfect watch if you like moody, well-made thrillers that have some excellent performances in store.
Aishwarya Lekshmi played the titular role in Kumari, which is helmed by Nirmal Sahadev and produced by Prithviraj Productions and Magic Frames. This mythological fantasy thriller earned positive reviews from the audience after its OTT release and crossed 13,00,000 views in 2023. If you like to revisit a well-made fantasy film, Kumari is a great choice.
This Irshad Parari directorial, which stars a stellar star cast including Soubin Shahir, Binu Pappu, Naslen K Gafoor, Nikhila Vimal, and Lijomol Jose, is in the 9th position on Netflix’s most-watched list with 12,00,000 views. Ayalvaashi is a perfect film to rewatch if you are all in for a mindless comedy film with some relatable performances.