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Tovino Thomas-starrer Minnal Murali leaps to top 3 most-watched Netflix non-English movies globally

The Malayalam superhero movie, directed by Basil Joseph, raked in 11.4 million views since its world premiere on Netflix two weeks ago

Sanjith Sidhardhan
Jan 05, 2022
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Tovino Thomas as Minnal Murali

Minnal Murali is leaping from strength to strength. After breaking into the list of Netflix’s Global Top 10 most-watched Non-English films in its first week, the Tovino Thomas-starrer has now made it to the third position in the charts with 11.4 million views. The massive numbers also meant that the movie is among the Top 10 most-watched films on Netflix – English and non-English – in the world.

In its first week, the Malayalam superhero movie, directed by Basil Joseph, had raked in 5.9 million views and in a strong trend, had sustained the same momentum in the second week too, with the movie finding new viewers in countries outside Asia too.

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The film, which revolves around a young tailor named Jason acquiring superpowers after being struck by lightning and assuming the identity of Minnal Murali to save his village from an evil force, was the most viewed movie on Netflix for two weeks running since its premiere on the streaming platform on December 24.

Within two days of its premiere, the movie had topped the charts in India, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. What would further cheer the team of the critically acclaimed film is that in the week of December 27 to January 2, 2022, the film managed to break into the top 10 in countries in South America and Africa including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Mauritius. It was viewed widely in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas.

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Brazilian comedy Lulli and French adventure comedy Vicky and Her Mystery are the only two titles that supercede Minnali Murali in the Global Top 10 (Non English) movies list with 15.2 million and 15.1 million views, respectively. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence-starrer Don’t Look Up tops the Global Top 10 charts with 152.2 million views.

Minnal Murali’s success would also give confidence to the makers to speed-track its sequel, which is already in the pipeline. Apart from Tovino Thomas, the big-budget Malayalam film also has Guru Somasundaram, Shelly N Kumar, Aju Varghese, Baiju Santosh and Femina George in pivotal roles.


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