One of the most popular sources for movies, TV and celebrity content, IMDb recently revealed the list of most popular Indian films and web series that ruled the internet in the first half of 2021. Well, the website has listed the films based on their rankings at box office, small statistical samplings and reviews from professional critics. According to the half-yearly report of 2021, several south Indian films like Vijay-starrer Master, Dhanush-starrer Karnan, Mohanlal-starrer Drishyam 2 and many others managed to make their mark in the list. Let's have a look:
One of the biggest blockbusters of 2021 in Kollywood, Master starring Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi topped the list of IMDb's Most Popular Indian Movies and Shows of 2021. Directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, the film is a story of an alcoholic professor, who is sent to a juvenile school, where he clashes with a gangster who uses the school children for criminal activities. Master also features Arjun Das, Malavika Mohanan and Andrea Jeremiah in pivotal roles. It was released in theatres and premiered on Amazon Prime Video.
The White Tiger
Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Adarsh Gourav and Rajkummar Rao-starrer The White Tiger turned out to be a surprise package for all. Netflix's film directed by Ramin Bahrani, tells the story of an ambitious Indian driver who uses his wit and cunningness to escape from poverty and rise to the top. The epic journey is based on a New York Times bestseller novel of the same name. Adarsh Gourav was praised for his performance by critics, and fans can't stop gushing over his acting skills.
Mohanlal-starrer Drishyam 2 deserves to be on the list. The Malayalam film had already created a solid buzz amongst the masses since it was announced, all thanks to its first instalment. Directed by Jeethu Joseph, Drishyam 2 was released on Amazon Prime Video and got a positive response from the masses and critics. The film also stars Meena, Ansiba Hassan, Esther Anil, Murali Gopi, Asha Sarath, Siddique and many others in pivotal roles.
Karnan starring Dhanush was released on Amazon Prime Video in April 2021. Directed by Mari Selvaraj, the film is a story of a fearless village youth, who fights for the rights of the conservative people of his village, after a police officer tortures them. Also starring Rajisha Vijayan, Lal, Yogi Babu, Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli and others in key roles, Karnan was well-received by critics as well as masses.
Pawan Kalyan's comeback film Vakeel Saab was released in April 2021 in theatres. In the same month, the film was premiered on Amazon Prime Video. The courtroom drama, which is the Telugu remake of Hindi film Pink, also stars Nivetha Thomas, Anjali, Ananya Nagalla, Prakash Raj and Shruti Haasan in crucial roles. The film didn't perform well at the box office, but received a solid viewership on the OTT platform.
Ravi Teja and Shruti Haasan's much-delayed film Krack turned out to be a superhit one at the box office. However, no one thought that it would receive a solid response on the internet as well. After it was premiered on Aha, the global audience couldn't stop praising Ravi Teja's cop avatar in the Telugu film. It is directed by Gopichand Malineni.
The Great Indian Kitchen
The Great Indian Kitchen starring Suraj Venjaramoodu and Nimisha Sajayan was released on Amazon Prime Video in January 2021. Directed by Jeo Baby, the Malayalam film tells the story of a woman who struggles to be the submissive wife that her husband and his family expect her to be. The film received a positive response from critics and turned out to be an eye-opener for all.