Amazon Prime Video will premiere nine films across five Indian languages starting from October 15, the streaming service provider announced on Friday.
The films that will be premiered include Hindi films Coolie No.1(starring Sara Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan), Durgavati (starring Bhumi Pednekar), Chhalaang (featuring Rajkummar Rao and Nushrat Bharucha), Tamil film Maara (starring R Madhavan and Shraddha Srinath), Kannada film Bheema Sena Nala Maharaja (starring Aravinnd Iyer and Aarohi Narayan), Telugu film Middle Class Melodies (featuring Anand Devarakonda and Varsha Bollamma) and Kannada film Manne Number 13 (starring Varsha Bollamma, Aiswarya Gowda and Chetan Gandharva).
Films that were earlier announced to have a direct release on the platform –Soorarai Pottru (starring Suriya and Aparna Balamurali) and Malayalam film Halal Love Story (featuring Indrajith Sukumaran and Parvathy Thiruvothu) are also among the nine films set to be premiered.
Recently, the streaming service launched 10 films across five Indian languages with viewership from over 4,000 cities and towns across the country. Viewership titles in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam received more than 50% from customers outside the home states, with viewers from Lucknow, Kolkata, Pune streaming films like Penguin, Ponmagal Vandhal, Law, French Biriyani, Sufiyum Sujatayum, C U Soon and Nishabdham; Amazon Prime Video said in a statement on Friday.
“The fact that more than 50% of viewership of our Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam Direct to Digital titles came from outside the respective home states is representative of how digital distribution can expand the audience for great content. We are super excited to present our new slate and are confident that it will delight our customers in India and around the world,” said Gaurav Gandhi, director and country general manager, Amazon Prime Video India.
The movies were also streamed and enjoyed by audiences in 180 countries and territories, Amazon Prime Video added.
Hindi movies Gulabo Sitabo and Shakuntala Devi have emerged as the two most watched movies since the launch of Amazon Prime Video in India. They were also the most watched Hindi films on Prime Video globally.
Mark Your Calendar
Halal Love Story– Premieres on October 15
Malayalam comedy film Halal Love Story, directed by Zakariya Mohammed, stars Indrajith Sukumaran, Joju George, Sharaf U Dheen, Grace Antony, and Soubin Shahir in lead roles, along with Parvathy Thiruvothu.
Bheema Sena Nalamaharaja– Premieres on October 29
Bheema Sena Nalamaharaja is a Kannada family entertainer directed by Karthik Saragur. The movie stars Aravind Iyer, Aarohi Narayan, Priyanka Thimmesh, Achyuth Kumar, and Aadya in lead roles
Soorarai Pottru– Premieres on October 30
Soorarai Pottru is a Tamil action drama directed by Sudha Kongara. It features Suriya, Aparna Balamurali, Paresh Rawal, and Mohan Babu in the lead roles. The film is produced by Suriya’s 2D Entertainment and co-produced by Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment. Inspired by the book Simply Fly, the film is based on the life of Air Deccan founder Capt GR Gopinath.
Chhalaang – Premieres on November 13
Chhalaang is an inspirational social comedy with cast including Rajkummar Rao and Nushrat Bharucha. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is presented by Bhushan Kumar and produced by Ajay Devgn, Luv Ranjan, and Ankur Garg.
Manne Number 13 – Premieres on November 19
Manne Number 13 is an upcoming Kannada horror thriller directed by Vivy Kathiresan. Produced by Krishna Chaitanya’s Sri Swarnalatha Productions, the film stars Varsha Bollamma, Aiswarya Gowda, Praveen Prem, Chetan Gandharva, Ramana, and Sanjeiv.
Middle Class Melodies – Premieres on November 20
Starring Anand Deverakonda and Varsha Bollamma, Middle Class Melodies is a whimsical tale depicting the congenial lives of the middle class in a village, where a young man dreams of owning a hotel in a town. The film is directed by Vinod Anantoju.
Durgavati– Premieres on December 11
Directed by Ashok and starring Bhumi Pednekar as the lead actor, Durgavati narrates the story of an innocent government officer who is made the victim of a major conspiracy involving powerful forces. The film is presented by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and Akshay Kumar‘s Cape of Good Films, and is an Abundantia Entertainment production.
Maara – Premieres on December 17
Maara is a Tamil film directed by Dhilip Kumar, and produced by Prateek Chakravorty and Shruti Nallappa of Pramod Films. The film stars Madhavan and Shraddha Srinath in lead roles.
Coolie No. 1 – Premieres on December 25
Coolie No. 1 is a remake of the hit 90s film of the same name from Pooja Entertainment and is directed by David Dhawan. The film stars Varun Dhawan, Sara Ali Khan, Paresh Rawal, Javed Jaffrey, Johnny Lever, Rajpal Yadav and is produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani and Deepshikha Deshmukh.