The COVID-19 pandemic has revolutionized the entertainment business drastically. The cinema industry was unable to distribute their films on the big screen due to the pandemic and lockdown. So filmmakers opted to release their films on OTT platforms like Amazon, Netflix, and Disney Hotstar. Many films have premiered on these OTT platforms for almost two years. During the pandemic, the web series trend skyrocketed. This OTT trend has changed the game for independent and offbeat films in particular.
Let’s take a peek at 2021 and 2022’s best Telugu films available on Amazon Prime
Pushpa: The Raise
In a deglamorous role as Pushpa, stylish star Allu Arjun shook the silver screen. The film is packed with impressive performances and ear-catching dialogues and is set against the backdrop of red sandalwood smuggling. Not only in the south, but also throughout the Hindi belt, Pushpa was a smash hit. This Sukumar’s directorial venture was a blockbuster hit. Rashmika Mandanna, Fahadh Faasil, and Sunil played the key roles in this film. After its theatrical run, Pushpa was released on Amazon Prime. Pushpa: The Rule, the sequel to this film, is currently under production.
Suriya’s Jai Bhim is largely regarded as one of the best films of this decade. This film is based on the life of Chandru, a High Court lawyer who fought for the rights of wrongfully accused poor people. The story follows a tribal woman who seeks justice for the murder of his innocent husband. Chandru is a lawyer who assists her with this. TJ Gnanavel Raja directed this film, which depicted disparities in our society in a unique way. This film helps us reflect on how the poor are wrongly accused of crimes they did not commit. On the IMDB website, this film now has the highest rating of any Indian film.
Narappa is a Telugu adaptation of the Tamil film Asuran. This gripping crime drama will keep you glued to your seat. Venkatesh stole the show and did justice to this film. Narappa follows the story of a poor farmer who fights tooth and nail to keep his son out of danger. With his brilliant direction and script, director Srikanth Addala defied all expectations. This remake is just as good as the original. Rajiv Kanakala and Priyamani played significant roles in this film.This film was directly released on Amazon Prime.
This judicial drama marked Pawan Kalyan’s return to the big screen. This film is a remake of the Bollywood film Pink. Pawan Kalyan performed excellently in the role of a powerful lawyer, which was originally played by Amitabh Bacchan. Film critics praised this film a lot. In this film, Nivetha Thomas, Ananya Nagalla, and Anjali performed pivotal roles. This is a film that everyone should see.
This action-drama stars Nani, Ritu Varma, Jagapathi Babu and Aishwarya Rajesh was directly released on Amazon Prime Video amidst many controversies. Tuck Jagadish is a full-fledged family entertainer with a grippy storyline and breathtaking action. This film runs in the backdrop of a youngster, Jagadish, who strives hard to reunite his family amidst the many obstacles.
This comedy-drama was launched with little fanfare and made a tremendous splash at the box office. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jathi Ratnalu was one of the most successful Telugu films. Naveen Polishetty, Faria Abdullah, Rahul Rama Krishna, and Priyadarshi starred in this Anudeep KV film. The film’s direction, performances, and rib-tickling humour have earned it praise.
Upon its release Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s Master caused a storm at the box office. Ilayathalapathy played the protagonist, while Vijay Sethupathi played the antagonist. This film was released in three languages: Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. This film was directed by Lokesh Kanagarju and includes a fantastic cast. The crowd loved the film, especially the performances, the direction, and the action sequences. With a gross of 300 crores, this film became the highest-grossing post-pandemic Tamil film. The music of Anirudh Ravichander provided a lot of flavour to the film.
Konda Polam is Mega Hero Vaisshnav Tej’s second film. Vaisshnav Tej followed up the smash success of Uppena with an offbeat film starring Rakul Preet Singh. Krish Jagarlamudi is the director of this film. Despite the fact that the picture was not well received in theaters, Amazon Prime Video’s action thriller is loved on the streaming platform.