Most people who stream content regularly rarely go beyond the major streaming platforms. But there’s a mini universe of platforms serving content in regional languages aside from English and Hindi. Here’s a quick guide to the OTT players out there.
Shree Venkatesh Films’s Hoichoi.tv is a Bengali streaming platform with popular shows such as Dhanbad Blues, Eken Babu and Hello! and films like Sweater, Shah Jahan Regency and Projapoti Biskut.
Watch Geetha Subramanyam 2020, Locked, Mastis and other Aha originals in Telugu and English.
Sun NXT, a video-on-demand service owned by the Sun TV network, has all the latest movies and shows in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.
Owned by the Malayalam Manorama group, Manorama Max offers shows, music, movies and news in Malayalam.
Content in multiple languages
A Hong Kong-based streaming platform, Viu offers Korean dramas, Telugu hits and top Indonesian content.
Reliance Entertainment’s BIGFlix.com offers Hindi and regional movies.
The National Film Development Corporation’s platform is a treasure of contemporary cinema and vintage movies. Here you will find Mani Kaul’s 1969 Uski Roti, Mrinal Sen’s Padatik (1985) and PC Barua’s Devdas (1935) as well as Kamal Swaroop’s cult classic Om Dar-B-Dar (1988). The site also has documentaries, award-winning short films that can be seen for free and a selection of films on Mumbai, one of which is Kundan Shah’s brilliant 1983 comedy Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (pictured above).
Gemplex offers originals shows, music and short-format content mainly in Hindi. They have a modest menu of content in Bengali, Malayalam, Punjabi, English and even Persian.
Mubi is a great platform for world cinema. They offer a curated selection of movies, adding one a day. The movies stay on the platform for 30 days. Ankhon Dekhi (2013), Chaudhvi Ka Chand (1960), Nishant (1975) and Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) are among the Indian films that can be streamed right now.