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Netflix to stream Malayalam film ‘Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam’

The bilingual drama, also in Tamil, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, stars Mammootty, Ramya Suvi, Ramya Pandian and Ashokan.
Netflix to stream Malayalam film ‘Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam’
Netflix to stream Malayalam film Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam (Photo: Twitter @Netflix_INSouth)
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Last Updated: 11.53 AM, Feb 23, 2023

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New Delhi: Netflix, the American streaming platform, will premiere Malayalam film Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam, starting 23 February. The bilingual drama, also in Tamil, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, stars Mammootty, Ramya Suvi, Ramya Pandian and Ashokan. It had released in cinemas this January.

Video streaming platforms will increasingly dedicate 50-60% of their budgets to southern language content, with programming in these languages seeing much traction and 30% of current OTT viewership coming from southern films and series, said media and entertainment industry experts. Films like RRR, Beast, and Jana Gana Mana have been big hits on Netflix last year, for instance, while Amazon Prime Video has seen much traction for its Tamil original Suzhal.

Producers and platform executives say the other advantage is southern originals are easy to put together with talent costs not as high as Hindi. It is estimated that 50% of overall subscription growth in 2022 has come from the five southern markets.

Further, RRR has become the most popular film from India on Netflix globally. Within its first four weeks on the service, the film was viewed for over 73 million hours across the world with more than two-thirds of viewing coming from outside India. Vijay-starrer Beast featured in the weekly Top 10 in 13 countries on Netflix while Telugu film Shyam Singha Roy trended on the India Top 10 row for films for 9 weeks and in the Global Top 10 row for films for two weeks in 11 countries such as Bahrain, Bangladesh, Oman, Qatar, among others.

Media and entertainment industry experts said apart from large, tentpole films, smaller southern titles have also broken out, with Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey, Love Today and Rorschach standing out as examples.

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