To say that 2020 has been a weird year is an understatement, with everything that is happening around the world, this year has not been so great for most of us. The pandemic has affected the lives of every single individual in the world, and the film industry is no different.
Theatres have been shut, and several movie releases have been postponed due to the current pandemic. While things might look bleak at the moment, one good thing that has happened since the pandemic is the rise in the number of OTT platform releases. With theatres being shut, many producers have opted to release their films on OTT platforms, with these streaming websites buying the exclusive rights to broadcast these films on their service first.
Hotstar has come up with a concept called multiplex, where fans can watch the premiers of their most awaited films. With the virus spreading like wildfire, it feels safe to say that other platforms are going cash in on this concept, and the number of Telugu releases in 2020 have seen a significant rise. Which is why in this list, we will be taking a look at the Best Telugu films Released on OTT.
Best Telugu Films Released on OTT in 2020
Mallesham is an autobiographical film directed by Raj R. The film stars Priyadarshi in the lead role along with Ananya and Jhansi in prominent roles. The film tells the life story of the Padma Shri winner Chintakindi Mallesham, who invented the Asu machine that reduces the efforts required by weavers. The story of Chintakindi Mallesham Is beautifully told, the rural setting of the film is stunning and is filled with some great shots. All the actors deliver realistic and believable performances, and the well-written story flows smoothly and keeps you engaged throughout. The background score is a treat to listen to and perfectly fits the narrative, the inspiring story is heart-wrenching and entertaining, making Mallesham a great watch. The digital rights to the film were brought by Netflix.
A remake of the hit Spanish film The Invisible Guest, Evaru stars Adivi Sesh, Regina Cassandra, and Naveen Chandraas, as it tells the story of Vikram Vasudev, a sub-inspector who investigates the murder of a high-ranking officer who was killed by his alleged rape victim. Though the film is a remake, it manages to add its own twist to the story and is an entertaining watch from start to finish. The film moves at a great pace and manages to keep the plot interesting. All the actors deliver splendid performances, and the razor-sharp editing adds an extra layer of suspense to the film. Overall, Evaru is a fantastic thriller film, that stays true to the original, but has a unique identity of its own, making it a must-watch. The film was made available for streaming on Amazon Prime in 2020.
A remake of the 2018 Tamil film ’96, Jaanu is a romantic drama featuring Sharwanand and Samantha Akkineni in the lead roles. As the story revolves around two former lovers, who meet again in a reunion fifteen years after their graduation. The film does a great job of bringing the vibe of school days and will make you feel nostalgic, the characters are matured, and both the actors deliver good performances, the second half of the film is filled with emotional moments and has enough twists and turns to keep you invested in the story. The movie was released on Prime Video on 9th April 2020.
This family entertainer directed by Trivikram Srinivas, stars Allu Arjun and Pooja Hegde in the lead roles, as it tells the story of a middle-class man named Bantu, who discovers that he is the son of a rich businessman, and the clerk secretly switched his newborn son with him. The film has everything that you would want in a family entertainer: it’s well-directed, has a great screenplay and balances the serious and comedy moments perfectly. Though the story is simple and straight forward, it has enough to keep you interested until the end. Overall, Ala Vaikunthapurramloo is a feel-good movie with some good acting, decent story and a tight screenplay, making it an entertaining watch. The film was released on home media on 27 February 2020 via Netflix and Sun NXT.
Krishna And His Leela
This contemporary romance drama, directed by Ravikanth Perepu, tells the story of a young bachelor named Krishna, who is torn between his present and past lovers, leading him on a path of lies and deception, as he struggles to commit. Despite the controversy that the film faced at the launch, due to the use of Hindu Mythological names, Krishna and His Leela is an entertaining watch, and offers something new and unique in the romance genre. The way that the relationships are portrayed is honest and realistic, and all the lead actors deliver solid performances. The film was released exclusively on Netflix on 25th June 2020.
Hit: The First Case
Directed by Sailesh Kolanu in his directorial debut, Hit tells the story of Vikram, a police officer with a traumatic past, who must investigate the case of a missing girl named Preethi. Throughout the film, you can see that a lot of research has been done by the director, as the investigation scenes feel raw and realistic. The attention to detail is subpar and makes the film immersive. The film has a great story and a thrilling screenplay that does a good job of building suspense. Vishwak Sen shines the brightest her and carries the film on his shoulders. The movie was released on Prime Video on 1 April 2020, while the satellite rights were purchased by Gemini TV.
Bheeshma tells the story of a young meme creator, who finally gets the chance to prove himself to the girl he loves when he is suddenly appointed to be the CEO of her workplace. The film stars Nithiin and Rashmika Mandanna in the lead roles and is an entertaining watch despite all its flaws. The film has a simple and straightforward story and contains all the usual flicks that we are used to in Telugu Cinema if you’re looking for a casual watch, that has good acting and direction, then Bheeshma is a decent choice. The film was made available for streaming on Netflix and Sun NXT on 25 April 2020.
O Pitta Katha
O Pitta Katha is an adventure-drama film starring Viswant, Sanjay Rao, and Nithya Shetty in the lead roles. The film tells the story of two men, who fall in love with the same woman. Things take a turn when the girl gets kidnapped, and it’s up to them now to rescue her. O Pitta Katha is a breath of fresh air and delivers a unique story that is entertaining and thrilling to watch. The film is full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seats and seems to have got the perfect balance between suspense and comedy. If you are looking for a film with a great storyline, thrilling moments and a great sense of humour then O Pitta Katha is a must-watch. The film is available to watch for free on Mx Player.
This biographical film directed by Jeevan Reddy, stars Sandeep Madhav, Muskaan Khubchandani, and Abhay Bethiganti in the lead roles, as the film tells the story of a student leader in Osmania University, who decides to fight against the injustice and economic inequalities in society. The film does a good job of depicting George Reddy’s story onto the big screen, and Sandeep Madhav delivers a phenomenal performance in his portrayal. The film is a highly inspiring one and is well written and directed. Despite having a few flaws regarding the pacing, and occasional plot holes, George Reddy is an intriguing watch, that manages to do justice to the young aspirational leader. The film was released to positive reviews, with many praising the acting and screenplay of the film. The film is available to stream on Amazon Prime.
World Famous Lover
Written and directed by Kranthi Madhav, World Famous Lover stars Vijay Deverakonda along with Aishwarya Rajesh, Raashi Khanna, Catherine Tresa and Izabelle Leite, as the film tells the story of Gautam and aspiring writer who deals with his heartbreak by writing love stories and recognizing the mistakes that he made in his relationship. The film was released to fairly positive reviews, with many praising the acting performances of the lead characters. Despite its positive reviews, the film went on to have a poor run at the box office, earning just 16 Crores during its theatrical run. The film was then released on Netflix and Sun NXT on 15 April 2020.
Raju Gari Gadhi 3
A remake of the Tamil movie Dhilluku Dhuddu 2, Raju Gari Gadhi 3 is the sequel to the 2017 Raju Gari Gadhi 2. The film stars Ashwin Babu and Avika Gor in the lead roles, as the story revolves around Maya, who is protected by an unknown ghost, who protects her against eve-teasers and threats. Things get complicated when Maya falls in love with Ashwin, and the ghost isn’t too happy about it. Raju Gari Gadha is a fun movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which leads to hilarious moments, that will have laughing out loud. Apart from its comedy aspect, the film falls short and does not have enough to make it a memorable watch. If you are looking for a fun film with a few laughs then this is a decent selection. The film is available to stream Disney+Hotstar.
A remake of the 2014 Tamil film Jigarthanda, Gaddalkonda Ganesh, directed by Harish Shankar features Varun Tej, Atharvaa, Pooja Hegde, and Mirnalini Ravi, as the film tells the story of an aspiring filmmaker, who on his quest to make a gangster film, goes to Gaddalkonda to research about a merciless gangster called Gaddalakonda Ganesh. While the film doesn’t reach the high expectations that Jigarthanda had set, Gaddalkonda Ganesh is a fun ride, filled with great action and funny moments. The characters are well-realized and deliver good performances. Though the film can drag at times, it does enough to keep things interesting and differentiate itself from the Tamil film. The film is available to watch on Disney+ Hotstar.
This comedy-drama film directed by Sujoi Karampuri and Sushil Karampuri, stars Sai Ronak and Preethi Asrani in the lead roles, as the film revolves around young graduate who is pressured by his father to be successful and settle in the USA. Though the story of the film is average at best, the way the story is told is what separates Pressure Cooker from other movies. The film is extremely well captured and has some gorgeous cinematography. All the characters are fun, and throughout its runtime, you’ll find yourself caring for the characters and rooting them, making this the perfect family entertainer. The digital rights of the film were sold to AHA. The film is now available on AHA, and Amazon Prime Video.
Disco Raja tells the story of a dead man, who is discovered to be frozen in the mountains of Ladakh. After being brought back to life with the help of advanced technology, he sets out on a journey to find out his identity and the people responsible for killing him. Disco Raja has a unique premise, which sets it apart from other films. Add to it the awesome sci-fi elements, and great action sequences, what you get from the film is a solid entertainer throughout its runtime. The film is perfectly balanced and doesn’t try too hard to become things that it’s not. If you are looking for a sci-fi movie in Telugu, then you cannot go wrong with Disco Raja. Despite the positive reviews, the film did not perform too well at the Box Office and was considered a commercial failure. You can watch the film online on MX Player and Jio Cinema.
This action-comedy film, written and directed by Anil Ravipudi, stars Mahesh Babu and Rashmika Mandanna in the lead roles. It tells of an army major, who is sent to Kurnool on a mission to keep the country safe from external threats. Made on a budget of 75 crores, Sarileru Neekevaru was released on 11th January 2020 to mixed reviews, with many appreciating the acting and comedy, but criticizing the story. Despite its lukewarm reviews, the film was a commercial success, on to gross over 260 crores during its theatrical run, making it highly successful. The film’s digital rights were acquired by Prime Video and made available for streaming from 1 March 2020.
Prati Roju Pandage
Prati Roju Pandage, which translates to Every Day is a Festival is a comedy-drama film written & directed by Maruthi Dasari. The film stars Sai Dharam Tej, Rashi Khanna, Sathyaraj and Rao Ramesh in lead roles, as the film tells the story of Sai, a young man who wishes to make the last few weeks for his dying grandfather rememberable. What you get from the film is an emotional ride, that takes on a roller coaster of emotions, as the relationship between the grandfather and grandson grows. The film is full of strong performances and emotional moments but also has a lighter side, which will have you laughing on the floor. Though the story is predictable, the performances of the actors carry the film and avoid it from getting dull and boring. You can watch the film online on Disney+Hotstar.
Arjun Suravaram is an action thriller film written and directed by T. Santhosh, the film stars Nikhil Siddharth and Lavanya Tripathi in the lead roles. The film tells the story of an investigation Journalist, who is arrested for using fake certificates. He discovers a crime syndicate behind the scam and decides to investigate it. Arjun Suravaram is a well thought out movies, that is both intriguing and thrilling to watch. The film sticks strictly to the story, and there are very few moments, where the focus changes, keeping the audience glued to the screen. The film also manages to give out a good message at the end. The film is available to watch on Aha.
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