Small is big: 12 lesser-known Tamil gems available on OTT Platforms
Tamil cinema has been lucky to get itself a lot of low-budget gems in the past few years, but such films always come with the danger of being overlooked. While some luckily get some attention while they survive at the big screens, the others gain love only after they come onto online platforms and netizens start talking about them. With the Corona lockdown limiting everybody to their homes, here’s a list of lesser-known Tamil films that would be worth your time. An assortment of genres at display!
KALAVU on Zee5
This tautly written thriller which was made on a minuscule budget follows three friends running into a lot of trouble and the events that take place around them. Starring many well-known faces such as Kalaiarasan, Karunakaran and Venkat Prabhu, this is a film that will satisfy the thrill-seekers.
Madhumita’s KD was a splendid addition to the list of feel-good films in Tamil cinema. The story of an 80-year-old and an 8-year-old travelling together came with a big bag of hilarious moments all over. Beautiful would be an understatement when it comes to describing this film.
Vivek has been a thorough entertainer over his long-standing career, but here, he steps into a very serious role and pulls it off superbly. The film’s foreign setting the final twist is big positives of this interesting thriller that was created by a bunch of techies from the USA.
Priyadarshan’s lovely film with the backdrop of AIDS was largely limited to a single room with multiple characters, but the bittersweet moments were churned out to great effect. And why stay away from a film that has talent like Prakash Raj, Ashok Selvan, Sriya Reddy and MS Bhaskar together.
Jagadeesan Subu’s debut feature chronicles the events that take place over a single day. Even though it takes a leaf out of a few foreign films, there are some good moments and Kathir’s special performance for us to take away.
Halitha Shameem’s lovely anthology is a favourite of many, with all the four stories having something worthy in them. This is a different attempt that worked out to flying colours, with many sweet scenes and performances to remember.
Writer-director duo Babu Tamizh and Gopinath made their debut with this smashing low-cost crime drama that keeps the brain ticking. Packed with sharp dialogues and unpredictable twists, Jiivi is a film you shouldn’t miss.
An independent film that touches upon the topics of oppression and death. Director Amshan Kumar hooks his story onto real-life incidents that took place in the lives of the members of the lower caste and keep us pinned with some rooted drama.
If you don’t mind the commercial compromises, this is a fairly entertaining ride that totally went under the radar. Based on chain snatching, it carries a good message and has very likeable music by Achu Rajamani.
Priya Krishnaswamy’s Baaram swept away the National Award for the best Tamil feature last year and has been a talking point ever since. A hard-hitting drama that brings forward a very important topic.
If you are looking for a good romantic film that will take you on a trip down memory lane, look no further than Mehandi Circus. With Sean Roldan’s amazing set of songs, this film could make your lazy afternoon a memorable one.
Debutant director Anand Ravichandran’s emotional indie is about a grandmother and her granddaughter meeting after many years. The film has a lot of relatable dialogues and remarkable performances from Srilekha Rajendran and Nivedhitaa Sathish.