While 2020 was off to a rocky start with Covid-19 spreading its tentacles over the world, there were still a few Tamil movies that were released. As we patiently wait for the cinemas to reopen, here are some films of 2020 currently streaming online for your viewing pleasure.

Vaanam Kottatum

With an impressive ensemble cast of Sarathkumar, Radhika Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu and Aishwarya Rajesh, Vannam Kottatum, directed by Dhana Sekaran is a familial revenge drama co-written by Manirathnam. The film revolves around Bose Kalai (Sarath Kumar)who returns to his family after spending 16 years in prison for murder and the events that pan out in the aftermath. While the screenplay is a tad too sedate, Vaanum Kottatum works for its cultured performances by the senior actors and the rest of the cast.

Streaming on Amazon Prime

Psycho

Mysskin packs in plenty of gore, violence and bloodshed in his latest crime thriller Psycho starring Udayanidhi Stalin, Nithya Menen and Aditi Rao Hydari involving a blind man who uses all his wares to save his lover from a psychopathic serial killer. While this is a genre that Mysskin is most familiar and comfortable with, the screenplay isn’t as taut and connected as his earlier effort Pisassu. This and the excessive violence aside, Psycho succeeds in holding your attention.

Streaming on Netflix

Baaram

Directed by Priya Krishnaswamy, Baaram is a thriller filmed in docu-drama style that is voyeuristic and unsettling. When an old night watchman living with his sister and nephews injures his hip in an accident, he is taken in by his son, only to die a mysterious death. Baaram has many uncomfortable moments that rankle and delivers harsh realities about ethics and moralities with regard to senior citizens in society. A deserved winner of the National Film Award for Best Tamil film, Baaram is a worthy watch.

Streaming on Amazon Prime

Pattas

In Pattas, Dhanush plays a petty thief turned police informer who after learning about his tragic past, vows to avenge the wrongs done to him. The story also features an ancient martial art Adimurai. Pattas follows the traditional action drama formula but unlike its name, there is no crackle or bang. The Adimurai scenes are picturised well and some portions of the flashback are effective. Overall, Pattas offers nothing novel but can be watched if you are a fan of Dhanush.

Streaming on Amazon Prime

Kannum Kannum Kollayadithal

When two cons (Dulquer Salman and Rakshan) decide to mend their ways and settle down to a decent life with their girlfriends, their past catches up in the form of a dedicated cop (Gautham Menon)who is determined to bring them down for their crimes. Kannum Kannum Kollayadithal is humourous, racy and filled with many lively edges of the seat moments. While the cast is solid, it is Gautham Menon who elicits the maximum laughs for his self-referential humour based on many of his own movies. A nice way to pass the time.

Streaming on Netflix

Oh my Kadavule

Oh My Kadavule is a pleasant rom-com that explores love friendship and the concept of second chances. Fashioned as a fantasy comedy, the film stars Ashok Selvan and Rithika Singh as a couple working out the chinks in their marriage only to get some divine help from God himself, played by Vijay Sethupathy. Oh My Kadavule has a fresh breezy vibe and keeps the tone lighthearted while making some salient points.

Streaming on Zee5

Until we see you at the movies, keep streaming below to catch some of your favourite films.