Movies are often created according to the mass appeal, in order for it to be a commercial success, while others take a different path, steering into unconventionality.
Here are four unconventional South Indian movies, you NEED to watch on Netflix.
Sometimes, also known as Sila Samayangalil, starts off with a scene of 6 people waiting for their HIV results.
The receptionist asks one of the patients at the top of her voice if he’s here for an HIV test. Feeling self conscious, he looks around to see if anyone notices. This scene depicts that even taking the test, was a controversial decision.
Bala (Ashoke Selvam) plans on bribing the receptionist to get the results earlier and everyone agrees to it. As they do so, the receptionist reveals that one of them tested positive.
While waiting for their results, each character gradually reveals their backstory on the possibility of having HIV. The roller-coaster ride and agonising wait to find out who tested positive takes the audience on an emotional journey, while reminding us that the taboo of HIV, still exists in today’s society as well as the social pressure that comes along with it.
The film opens with a woman being killed and news reports that follow of a serial killer on the loose.
Swapna ( Taapsee Pannu) is a video game developer who is bound to her wheelchair and suffers from severe trauma from an incident that happened on New Year’s Day, last year.
A hardcore gamer with a passion for Pacman, she found out that the Pacman tattoo on her hand was mixed with the ashes of a dead person. Soon she realises she has to play a game of her own in order to escape the serial killer who is after her.
Game Over is a suspense thriller that has little time for songs and fluff but focuses on a great plot and beautiful cinematography.
An unconventional romantic thriller, Solo is the tale of four men, all played by Dulquer Salmaan, which highlights all four’s passion and rage in the afterlife.
Four elements; water, air, fire, and earth also reflect various aspects of Lord Siva. An intimidating hoodlum, an undergraduate, a veterinarian expert, and a military officer are the four occupations that Dulquer plays in this movie.
An amusing chapter in this film was on Rudra where Dulquer played a roughish army officer’s son and a charming boyfriend to Bama ( Neha Sharma). The story has a little unexpected twist when Bama ghosted him and left to further her studies.
At the very end of this chapter, Rudra finds out why she ghosted him and it’s worth the wait.
Also known as “Darkness”, Andhaghaaram is a slowburn mystery thriller that interconnects a troubled cricket coach, a blind librarian, and a psychiatrist.
Selvam (Vinoth Kishan) is visually impaired and works at the Government Library. He is forced to take up a job that includes keeping a vicious spirit inside a haunted house, even though Selvam himself was never an occult practitioner.
Vinod (Arjun Das) is a failed cricketer who makes his living by coaching children. Things started to shift for the worse when he starts getting anonymous phone calls. One scene depicts Vinod progressively losing his mind as he grapples with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
The narration of the story and the performances by Arjun and Vinoth are sublime and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Andhaghaaram is one of the few movies that you have to watch at least twice, to comprehend the characters and storyline better.