Best of Indian Cinema @2021: My Pick

The pandemic has paved ways for new challenges and new ways of achieving and excelling at it. Film industry is no different when it comes to finding alternatives. The dominance of OTT platforms has proven to be a boon for some and doom for some. Some out of the box thinking and outstanding
films were made during these times. I’d like to share with you my list of Indian region films that has stunned the audiences with their artistic and creative prowess. The list is in no way a ranking but just randomly listed. The below mentioned is not a review instead my suggestion of films to you. Find them and watch them. Happy viewing.

Avijatrik (Bengali)

‘Avijatrik’ (The Wanderlust of Apu) , directed by Subhrajit Mitra and written by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay & Subhrajit Mitra. The enduring and endearing character of ‘Apu’ is all set to return after 60 years. It is the sequel to the classic “Apu Trilogy”, which were directed by Satyajit Ray. The film stars Arjun Chakrabarty, Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Arpita Chatterjee in lead roles.

Aarkkariyam (Malayalam)

The story is set in the backdrop of the COVID lockdown of 2020 and its title in Malayalam means ‘who knows?’. The film is directed and co-written by Sanu John Varghese; starring Biju Menon, Parvathy Thiruvothu and Sharafudheen in lead roles.

Bheemante Vazhi (Malayalam)

Bheemante Vazhi is directed by Ashraf Hamza and written by actor Chemban Vinod Jose; starring Kunchacko Boban, Chinnu Chandni, Chemban Vinod Jose, Suraj Venjaramoodu and Jinu Joseph in the lead roles.

Chello Show (Gujarati)

The film ‘Chello Show’ means ‘Last Film Show’ in Gujarati. The film is directed by Pan Nalin. The film features Richa Meena, Bhavesh Shrimali, Rahul Koli, Bhavin Rabari in the lead roles.

Drishyam 2 (Malayalam)

Drishyam 2 is a Malayalam mystery-thriller movie, which is a sequel to the blockbuster Drishyam. The film is directed by Jeethu Joseph. The movie stars Mohanlal and Meena in the lead roles.

Great Indian Kitchen (Malayalam)
The film is written and directed by Jeo Baby, starring Suraj Venjaramoodu and Nimisha Sajayan in lead roles.

Home (Malayalam)
Home is directed by Rojin Thomas and stars Indrans, Manju Pillai, Sreenath Bhasi, Naslen Gafoor in lead roles.

Jai Bhim (Tamil)

Jai Bhim is directed by Tha Se Gnanavel and is inspired from true stories, starring Suriya, Manikandan, Lijomol Jose, Prakash Raj, Rajisha Vijayan and Rao Ramesh in lead roles.

Joji (Malayalam)
Joji is directed by Dileesh Pothan, starring Fahadh Faasil, Baburaj, Shammi Thilakan, Alistair Alex and
Unnimaya Prasad in the lead roles.

Karnan (Tamil)
The film is written and directed by Mari Selvaraj, starring Dhanush, Lal and Rajisha Vijayan in lead roles.

Koozhangal (Tamil)
Koozhangal in Tamil means Pebbles. The film is written and directed by debutant P. S. Vinothraj. The film stars Chellapandi and Karuththadaiyaan in lead roles.

Mandela (Tamil)

The film is written and directed by Madonne Ashwin on his directorial debut. The film being titled after the late South African President Nelson Mandela, stars Yogi Babu in the titular lead role while Sheela Rajkumar, Kanna Ravi, Sangili Murugan and G. M. Sundar play supportive roles.

Master (Tamil)

The film is written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. The movie stars Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi in the leading roles while Malavika Mohanan, Arjun Das, Andrea Jeremiah and Shanthanu Bhagyaraj play supporting roles.

Nayattu (Malayalam)

Nayattu which means ‘The Hunt’ in Malayalam is a film directed and co-produced by Martin Prakkat and written by Shahi Kabir. It stars Kunchako Boban, Joju George and Nimisha Sajayan in the lead roles and features Jaffar Idukki, Anil Nedumangad and Hakkim Shajahan in supporting roles.

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