Diwali is a time to celebrate the festival of lights with crackers, sweets, and watching new films in theatres. However, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has hampered the festival season as not many films have lined up for release this year. Many films that were originally slated to release have been postponed.
Despite the Centre permitting theatres to reopen across the country, only a few films have opted for a theatrical release. In Tamil Nadu, the impasse over the Virtual Print Fee (VPF) between film producers and theatre owners had stalled the release of new films. On Tuesday, major Indian digital cinema service providers UFO Moviez and Qube Cinema decided to waive VPF for films releasing this month. The announcement resulted in three Tamil films to head for a theatrical release this weekend.
However, several films, including Soorarai Pottru and Mookuthi Amman, have opted for an OTT release.
Here are 10 films that will be releasing for this Diwali:
Soorarai Pottru – Amazon Prime Video (November 12)
Soorarai Pottru is an upcoming Tamil film starring Suriya Sivakumar and Aparna Balamurali in the lead. Helmed by Sudha Kongara, the film is based on the life of Captain GR Gopinath, the founder of India’s first low-cost airline, Air Deccan.
Chhalaang – Amazon Prime Video (November 13)
Chhalaang, starring Rajkummar Rao and Nushrat Bharucha, is a sports comedy film directed by Hansal Mehta. The film revolves around Montu (played by Rao), a nonchalant PT master who is forced to take action when a third wheel threatens his love life.
Sir – Theatrical Release (November 13)
The Hindi romantic drama, starring Tillotama Shome and Vivek Gomber, narrates the story of a forbidden relationship between Ratna (Shome), a live-in maid, and her employer Ashwin (Gomber), who is the scion of a real estate family.
Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari – Theatrical Release (November 13)
Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari is set in the 1990s and tells the story of a detective who has to perform background checks on prospective grooms. The Hindi film stars Manoj Bajpayee, Diljit Dosanjh, and Fatima Sana Shaikh.
Mookuthi Amman – Disney+ Hotstar (November 14)
Naanga Romba Busy – Sun TV (November 14)
Naanga Romba Busy is the Tamil remake of Kannada crime-comedy film Mayabazar 2016, which released earlier this year. The film will air on Sun TV and revolves around the lives of different people in their quest to make money during demonetisation in 2016. The filmstars Prasanna, Shaam, Yogi Babu, and Ashwin Kakumanu.
Irandam Kuththu – Theatrical Release (November 14)
Biskoth – Theatrical Release (November 14)
Biskoth is a Tamil romantic comedy written and directed by R Kannan. The film stars Santhanam and Tara Alisha Berry in the lead and Sowcar Janaki, Anandaraj, ‘Motta’ Rajendran, and Aadukalam Naren in supporting roles.
Quota – Theatrical Release (November 14)
Quota is an upcoming Tamil film written and directed by Amudhavanan. The film features child artists Bhavaas and Niharika and is about a talented tribal boy who is not given a chance to shine because of where he comes from.
Thatrom Thookrom – Theatrical Release (November 14)