Mammootty, Thalapathy Vijay or Siddharth - who gets your vote? Or would you rather watch all three?
In the third week of November, the sole original Kannada film dropping on OTT is Shivarajkumar’s action heist thriller Ghost, which will be available with Telugu audio as well on Zee5 Kannada on November 17. In theatres, it is the second and final instalment of Rakshit Shetty’s Sapta Sagaradaache Ello, titled Side B, that could pique your interest. But if you’ve seen Ghost and have parked Rakshit’s film for the weekend, chances are that you’ve been waiting for some films to be served in your language. And this is what you get this week…
Malayalam superstar Mammootty’s big hit, the police procedural drama Kannur Squad is on OTT this Friday. Directed by Roby Varghese Raj, based on a script written by his brother, actor Rony David Raj and Muhammed Shafi, the film is based on the real-life Kannur Squad set up by Kannur SP S Sreejith. It follows a team of cops led by ASI George Martin (Mammotty), who go about cracking high-profile cases, by tracking down hard-to-find culprits in their trusted Tata Sumo. This time around, the team is on the lookout for the men behind a heinous home invasion that resulted in a death. The film also stars Azeez Nedumangad, Kishore, Vijayaraghavan, Shabareesh Varma, among others.
Streaming on: Disney+Hotstar
Actor Siddharth’s hard-hitting film about child sexual abuse was a critics’ darling, but did not work well at the box office. The actor had taken the trouble of dubbing himself for his role, including Kannada, where the film was released by KRG Studios as Chikku. However, the film came during a recent Cauvery water agitation, owing to which he was not allowed to promote it well in the state. It is coming to OTT on Friday. The film also stars Nimisha Sajayan, Anjali Nair and child artiste Sahasra Shree. The film follows Siddharth’s central character Easwaran, who is extremely close with his late brother’s daughter Sundari. How he deals with the child’s abduction and her abuse at the hands of a sex offender forms the crux of the narrative.
Streaming on: Disney+Hotstar
Thalapathy Vijay’s big Dasara release should drop on OTT in a few hours if reports are to be believed. The Lokesh Kanagaraj directorial has reportedly been picked up by Netflix for its digital streaming rights and is rumoured to land on the platform on November 16. The streamer has given no indication to that effect yet, but the fact that an animated movie by the same name was pushed ahead by a few days is seen as a sign that Vijay’s Leo will soon start streaming. Vijay is Parthi, a café owner and family man, who lives a peaceful life with his wife and two kids. But when a rowdy gang upsets this and puts Parthi’s family in jeopardy, he steps up to keep them safe, which grabs eyeballs, including of two notorious gangsters – Harold and Antony Das – who think that the former is Antony’s estranged son Leo, who’d been presumed dead. Is Parthi really Leo or is it a case of mistaken identity?
Streaming on: Netlfix (tentative)