Netflix is one of the topmost streaming platforms in the world right now, churning out original content after original content every month. This streaming giant has expanded its wings in the Indian subcontinent as well, by releasing original content in all of the major languages in the country, including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and others. Here’s a list of all the best original movies that were released on Netflix India this year:
Cinema Bandi is one of the few Telugu originals on Netflix, and the first bonafide hit for the streaming platform, in the language. The film marks the directorial debut of Praveen Kanderegula and features Vikas Vasistha & Sandeep Varanasi in the lead roles. Providing the audiences with a good laugh, with a light-hearted tone, Cinema Bandi is one of the best original content released on Netflix India this year.
Directed by Madonne Ashwin and featuring Yogi Babu and Kanna Ravi in the lead roles, Mandela is a political satire that talks about the importance of one’s right to vote, and has a lot of value when it comes to educating people on how to rightly exercise their right to vote. The movie was released right before the Tamil Nadu elections this year.
Directed by Laxman Utekar and starring Kriti Sanon & Pankaj Tripathi in the lead roles, Mimi is the tale of a surrogate mother from Rajasthan. The movie, while a remake of the Marathi film Mala Aai Vhhaychy, tells the story in its own way, with the leads making the film their own. Mimi talks about surrogacy, which is a subject whose awareness needs to be spread in the country, making it a must-watch film for everyone.
Meel Patthar (Milestone) is directed by Ivan Ayr and features Suvinder Vicky & Lakshvir Saran in the lead roles. It shows us the journey of a truck driver who has completed 500 KM on the road and is faced with a major dilemma when an intern is appointed in his stead. What happens between the two, and what is the ultimate resolution forms the rest of the story.
Umesh Bist is the director of this one of a kind film, which shows us the journey of a young widow, played by Sanya Malhotra. In the film, we see how the protagonist deals with her husband’s death, and how she bounces back from it. A unique tale, Pagglait is an important watch for everyone trying to figure themselves out.
A romantic mystery thriller, Haseen Dillruba is directed by Vinil Mathew and stars Taapsee Pannu and Vikrant Massey in the lead roles. While the film received mixed reviews, its plot and the lead performances make the film a must watch.
Other Netflix India originals (honourable mentions): Meenakshi Sundareshwar, The Girl on The Train, Sardar Ka Grandson
While these are the best original films released on Netflix India this year, there are other films as well, which started streaming on Netflix after their theatrical run. These include Most Eligible Bachelor, Sooryavanshi, Thalaivii, Roohi,