Disney+ Hotstar expands its Malayalam movies line-up

Lakh Baddhan

Senior Editor


A recent FICCI-EY report charted the growth of video OTT subscribing households to grow from 40 million in 2021 to 60 million by 2024 with regional movies and series becoming a big pull for OTT viewers. Within the list of regional content offerings, Malayalam has become one of the top streaming languages across platforms, owning to its variety of genres and formats. Adept at depicting romance, passion, and emotions, the heart-rendering stories of Malayalam cinema have often been recreated in multiple languages, striking a chord with the audience. As Disney+ Hotstar expands its Malayalam movie slate with heart-felt family drama ‘Lalitham Sundaram’, here’s a look at some of the top Mollywood titles available on the platform:

Lalitham Sundaram
Surrounding the event of their mother’s funerals, three siblings lost in their fast-paced worlds reconnect and find their way back to family in this enduring family drama directed by Madhu Warrier. Starring Manju Warrier, Biju Menon, and Anu Mohan, Zarina Wahab, the film also features a melodious score sung by Bombay Jayasree.

Charting a young man’s rough childhood and the wrong turns he took, Hridayam, directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan, is a coming-of-age film. Starring Pranav Mohanlal, Kalyani Priyadarshan and Darshana Rajendran, the film is set to get a Hindi remake by Bollywood director Karan Johar.

Bro Daddy
A family drama revolving around the lives of two Christian families in Kerala and their youngest secretly being in a live-in relationship makes the premise of this beloved film. Directed by Prithviraj Sukumaran, it stars, Mohanlal, Prithviraj Sukumaran with Lalu Alex, Meena, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Kaniha, Unni Mukundan, Jagadish, Mallika Sukumaran and Soubin Shahir in supporting roles.

Bangalore Days
An endearing tale of finding love, sustaining friendships and forming bonds that last forever, this Anjali Menon directorial is considered one of the finest of Malayalam films. Starring Nazriya Nazim, Nivin Pauly, Dulquer Salmaan, Fahadh Faasil, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Isha Talwar and Paris Laxmi, it has won several accolades following its release in 2014.

Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham
Can a pair of gold rings gifted out of love ever land you in trouble? Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham, a satire film written and directed by Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduva explores just that. Starring Nivin Pauly, Grace Antony, Vinay Forrt, Sudheesh, Jaffar Idukki, Joy Mathew, Vincy Aloshious, Sivadasan Kannur, and Rajesh Madhavan, this film makes daylight of a chaotic mess.

Written, directed and edited by Alphonse Puthren, Premam is a coming-of-age romance that explores a young man’s journey across failed relationships, rekindled love and finding purpose. A delightful watch, the film stars Nivin Pauly, Sai Pallavi, Madonna Sebastian, Anupama Parameswaran, Shabareesh Varma, Krishna Sankar, Ananth Nag, Siju Wilson and others.

Ustad Hotel
Revolving around failed dreams, burning passion and a love for food, Ustad Hotel, directed by Anwar Rasheed, is your typical warm-hearted Sunday watch that brings a big smile to your face. Starring Dulquer Salmaan, Thilakan, Nithya Menen, Siddique, Mamukkoya, and Lena in supporting roles, this film figures high on the Malayalam film watch list.

North 24 Kaatham
An adventure drama film written and directed by debutant Anil Radhakrishnan Menon, this film features prominent actors Fahadh Faasil, Nedumudi Venu and Swathi Reddy and is known for its beautiful musical scores.