2021 was another year of quality content in Indian Cinema with experimental story line and towering performances.
The OTT platforms gave opportunities to new bee as well seasoned film-makers to reach out to the wider audience despite the multiple languages spread across India. Let us look at some of the best films which created huge impact with audience in 2021
Drishyam 2 – 19th February on Amazon Prime
I was flabbergasted watching Ajay Devgn’s Drishyam which was an official remake of Malayalam film Drishyam starring Mohanlal thanks to its thundering climax and electrifying screenplay. The sequel, Drishyam 2, which premiered on Amazon Prime takes the story forward when the police re-investigates the disappearance of Varun, son of Ex-IGI Geetha, leading the trail back to George Kutty and his family.
Mohanlal just gives a knockout performance through his eyes in Drishyam2 which was worthy sequel to 2013’s Drishyam that should be applauded for its skillful writing, brilliant performances and astounding climax.
Joji – 7th April on Amazon Prime
The beauty of cinema lies in the story-telling and this is where Joji scores. Joji tells the story of greediness and differences in the mindset of three brothers who are awaiting with bathed breath the death of their father, a wealthy plantation owner, to get piece of their shares. Based on the Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, Joji is one of the bravest attempt to explore a criminal mind and it is done with a solid story written by Syam Pushkaran.
Joji belongs to the epitome of talent, Fahad Faasil who is definitely one actor who has scaled new heights with his choice of films.
Milestone – 7th May on Netflix
There are couple of things before you begin to watch Milestone. It is not a film that will cheer you nor it has any commercial aspect that will entertain you to the core. Milestone is a craft which gets as real as possible. The protagonist played brilliantly by Suvinder Vicky is very much like a common man with tons of responsibility, life filled with problems and challenges, sleepless nights, frustration and anger.
Milestone is like painting a picture which just gets better with intense characters bringing out life in the story of a lonesome trick driver
Skater Girl – 11th June 2021 on Netflix
Have you ever felt the excitement, emotion, curiosity, feel-good factor when you do something which you are passionate about ? Skater Girl is a riveting drama of a simple village girl who follows her passion to skate board as it elevates her feeling to another level.
Director Manjari Makijani and her co-writer, Vinati Makijani, also sheds some light how kids, if guided in right direction and with right platform, can do wonders in their life and can become champion
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Sherni – 18th June on Amazon Prime
From the director of critically acclaimed and National award winning film, Newton, and the Indie-comedy, Sulemaani Keeda, Amit Masurkar’s Sherni lets you delve into the life of a forest officer brilliantly played by Vidya Balan with the true stories of the various unfortunate incidents of wildlife succumbed to the greediness of human beings either through illegal mining, deforestation or poaching which is very much existing in India.
Until the death of Avni tigress, the man-animal conflict subject was never taken seriously. Probably her sacrifice raises the question on the implementation of Indian wildlife law, decommissioning of lethargic Indian judiciary and weak bureaucracy.
Haseen Dillruba – 2nd July on Netflix
While the trailer of Haseen Dillruba was edgy setting up a mammoth expectation, the movie starts on a slow note. In fact, the first few minutes is about boy meeting girl followed by a typical song and drama which could have been cut short and come straight to the point. However, it is the second half when the murder mystery gathers steam especially towards the end with a good twist and satisfactory ending. Haseen Dillruba is uplifted thanks to the shinning performances by the star cast.
Sarpatta Parambarai – 22nd July on Amazon Prime
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Sarpatta Parambarai introduces us to the world of boxing when people of Madras were crazy about the sports during the 70’s era. Though lengthy, it is the stunning performances, beautiful art direction by T Ramalingam and astonishing camera work by Murali G. transforms you into the world of Madras during the 70’s era along with superb background score by Santhosh Narayanan.
Don’t miss this one if you are lying low in life !!!!
Mimi – 27th July on Netflix
Directed by Laxman Utekar (Luka Chuppi), Mimi is based on acclaimed Marathi film ‘Mala Aai Vhhaychy!’ by Samruoddhi Porey. Mimi belongs to Kriti Sanon who has probably given her career’s best performance. The gorgeous actress fits it right to the central character and plays it like a boss, expressing with right emotions. Pankaj Triptahi is electrifying as usual. The brilliant actor just gets better with his one-liners and comic acts which brings down the house. Mimi has wonderful and offbeat storyline layered with superb performances.
Shershaah – 12th August on Amazon Prime
I was not expecting much from Shershaah considering the star cast and had doubts whether Sidharth Malhotra (except Ek Villain not much to talk about his acting caliber) but I was surprised. Sidharth Malhotra was able to pull the role of Vikram Batra and has certainly improved as compared to his previous flicks.
Overall, the makers did justice to bring alive the story of a brave soldier who sacrificed his life to serve our motherland and am glad his story was told and should have released in theaters
Sardar Uddham – 16th October 2021 on Amazon Prime
You know that movie will be interesting when it is being directed by Shoojit Sircar who previously made cult classics like Vicky Donor, Madras Cafe, Piku etc. Based on the life of Udham Singh, who assassinated Michael Dwyer to avenge the killings of innocent people in Jallian Wala Bagh in Amritsar, Sardar Udham will make you angry and at the same time proud of the sacrifice made by the freedom fighter.
Jai Bhim – 2nd November on Amazon Prime
Jai Bhim turned out to be a hard-hitting, raw and powerful court-room drama. Jai Bhim is one such hair-raising film which is definitely difficult to digest as it gives you goosebumps and eye-popping experience. Screenplay is the hero with nail-biting moments. Art direction is fine while Cinematography is excellent. Suriya is a knight in shining armor.
Dhamaka – 19th November On Netflix
From critical acclaim films like Lets Talk, Neerja and the web-series, Aarya, Ram Madhvani adapts the 2013 Korean film The Terror Live (Irrfan Khan’s Madaari also has a close resemblance) and gives an engaging race-against-time political thriller which is sure to give you a goose bumps in few scenes
Chhorii – 25th November on Amazon Prime
Chhorii focuses on the sensitive subject of female foeticide which is a plague to Indian society and this practice has been followed for quite sometime. Chhorri takes some time to build on you as it prepares the premises and events which eventually led the couple forced into an unknown home. Once the actual events begins to unravel, there is no stopping back as the horror film gives you enough reason for the jump scar
Chhorii has the right intention to portray the right message with electrifying performances and solid story
Minnal Murali -24th December 2021 on Netflix
Directed by Basil Joseph, Minnal Murali is a welcome change, an all-rounder superhero film that Indian audience has been looking to where the superhero focuses on his special power to fight off the supervillain to save his village. Hats off to Basil Joseph as he did a solid job and turned this comic-story into an enjoyable fun ride.
Minnal Murali is probably the best super hero drama ever to come out in Indian Cinema which gives a knockout performance