Naragasooran to Rendavathu Padam: Here are some films we would love to see on OTT
With the quarantine pushing several filmmakers to opt for digital releases, here are some long-delayed films that we would to love to catch on streaming platforms.
With the coronavirus outbreak and the quarantine ushering us all indoors, OTT platforms have become the film industry’s new best friend. Several films that couldn’t get a sustained run at the theatres have opted to stream online legally, as there is no concrete date as to when theatres will reopen. The digital release is becoming a viable option for even a direct release, for smaller films. With the love for streaming platforms increasing with each day, here is a list of delayed films which we would love to watch on OTT platforms.
1. Rendavadhu Padam
After Tamizh Padam’s massive success, the expectations for CS Amudhan’s Rendavathu Padam (quite literally) was high. Produced by ScreenKrafts, the film has been stuck in the pipeline for several years due to financial issues. The filmmaker said that ‘talks are on’ to bring Rendavathu Padam out, during Tamizh Padam 2’s release.
2. Oru Pakka Kadhai
Balaji Tharaneetharan made a stellar debut with his comedy Nadula Konjam Pakkatha Kanom. However, his second film Oru Pakka Kadhai hasn’t seen the daylights yet. While the director went on to make Seethakathi, the curiosity about this film still remains. Starring Megha Akash and Kalidas Jayaram, the intriguing one-minute teaser doesn’t reveal much about the plot. Last heard, the film was bought by Zee5, and now might be a good time to release it.
3. Idam Porul Yeval
Following the positive reception for Neerparavai, director Seenu Ramaswamy had launched the film with Vimal and Vijay Sethupathi as leads. Produced by Tirrupathi brothers, the film went through many changes and finally was made with Vijay Sethupathi, Vishnu Vishal, Nanditha Swetha, and Aishwarya Rajesh. Financial struggles might have shelved the film but the curiosity in the film has been sustained, not only due to that ensemble cast, but also Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music. (Listen to Kurunthogai, and then we’ll talk.)
This one is a no-brainer. Ever since Dhruvangal Pathinaru, Karthick Naren has been a name to look out for. And his second film had a cast (Aravind Swamy, Sundeep Kishen, Shriya Saran, Aathmika) and a teaser that sure kindled our curiosity. However, the film ran into financial problems and the release has been delayed infinitely. (Gautham Menon and Karthik have washed dirty linen over it.) It also seems that the young filmmaker had a social media poll about it recently. And we say, bring it out!
This is another obvious addition to the list. Ashwin Saravanan, who made an impressive debut with Maya, seems to have also caught the whiff of the ‘curse of the second film’. His second film Iravaakalam, produced by Thenandal Films and starring SJ Suryah, has still hasn’t released yet. As evidence of the interest in the film, Ashwin Saravanan still gets asked about this project quite often, even after delivering a hit with Game Over. There has been no update so far. And it would make perfect sense for a digital release.
6. RK Nagar/ Party
There aren’t many people who understand pure entertainment like Venkat Prabhu does. So once can expect the expectations when a Venkat Prabhu ‘Party’ was announced. And also, the case: Jai, Shiva, Sathyaraj, Jayaram, Shaam, Ramya Krishnan, Regina Cassandra, Sanchita Shetty, Nivetha Pethuraj, and Nassar. And the other film is a political film produced by Venkat Prabhu, starring Vaibhav. In fact, RK Nagar was erroneously made available on Netflix for a short period.
7. Nenjam Marapathillai/ Mannavan Vandhanadi
Both films had Selvaraghavan at the helm, with extremely interesting collaborations. Mannavan Vandhanadi has Santhanam in the lead, while Nenjam Marapathillai had SJ Suryah in the lead. The expectations for both films were quite high, but the fans never got to see the film in its entirety. While there were sparks of Nenjam Marapathillai being released when Yuvan had shared a poster, but there has been no update since.
8. Idhu Vedhalam Sollum Kadhai
A Tamil film about Illuminati? Idhu Vedhalam Sollum Kadhai’s impressive teaser sparked a lot of interest when it was released a couple of years ago. Not to mention the cast: Ashwin Kakamanu, Aishwarya Rajesh, Guru Somasundaram and Abhay Deol, who is also a co-producer in the film. The cast and the director Rathindran Prasad seem to have moved on. (Rathindran is currently working a film with Aishwarya Rajesh). But it would be interesting to see what the Vedhalam had to tell, wouldn’t it?
9. Server Sundaram
This Santhanam film has been awaiting release for quite a long time and was close to getting a release before the lockdown. However, the film’s financial issues have stopped it from getting a theatre release. The comedy-drama interestingly features Santhanam as a chef, who participates in a cooking contest at an island. It would be good to see what the chefs had cooking.
Graghanam was a dark-crime thriller which was supposed to be the debut film for Pyaar Prema Kaadhal fame Elan. The film has Krishna and Chandran as the male leads, with Karunas, Karunakaran, and Jayaprakash playing key roles. However, due to various reasons, the film has seen the light of the day yet. Considering the refreshing sensibilities of Pyaar Prema Kaadhal, it would be great to see what Elan had in store with his first film.
11. Andava Kaanom
If you are a user of the SPI app, then chances are you have seen this film quite often on the advance-booking screen. Starring Shriya Reddy as the lead, Andava Kaanom’s trailer presents quite an interesting premise of a vessel that goes missing in a tiny village. While the film was supposed to have an initial release in 2018, the film is still in the cans for unknown reasons. But the film’s premise exactly sounds like the flavoured content that would fit right the rosters of Netflix.
A man wakes up at his own funeral? This long-delayed film, starring Vinoth Kishan, has vignettes of films, comedy, and ironically, death. The trailer is especially intriguing, as it takes us through the ‘life of this businessman’. Debut director Sasikumaran, an erstwhile assistant of Santhosh Sivan, calls it ‘a film with no genre’, which runs on nostalgia. Now, isn’t nostalgia a good way to drive off those quarantine blues?