New Delhi: If you are someone who has a love for good content irrespective of the language, then look beyond Netflix, Prime Video and Hotstar. The rise of digital platforms have not only helped the filmmakers to release their films amid the pandemic but have also uplifted the regional content which earlier had a limited audience. Now, people across the country can watch shows and movies being created in Bengali, Gujrati, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Telugu and several other regional languages.
With thousands of web series and movies available at our fingertips, these OTT platforms display the untapped potential in such content that cannot be accessed as easily as mainstream shows and movies. Filmmaker Bong Joon Ho eloquently said, “Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”
Along with these 11 regional streaming platforms with some of the best films and web shows bring some diversity to your daily entertainment.
The streaming platform caters to the fans of Bengali content. From the new releases, a few underrated films, the classics starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Suchitra Sen to movies directed by Satyajit Ray, the platform has a lot in its library. It offers a plethora of Bengali movies and web shows across many genres with English subtitles. Apart from this, Hoichoi contains more than 1,000 Bengali songs for audio streaming globally.
Some of the best web series on the platform are Tansener Tanpura, Byomkesh, Shei Je Holud Pakhi, Manbhanjan, Dhaka Metro and The Stoneman Murders among others.
The streaming service was launched by Allu Aravind's Geeta Arts on the Telugu New Year in March 2020. The OTT platform presents some premium Telugu content in several genres. Allu Arjun supported his father's initiative to provide quality content to the Telugu speaking audience. Apart from Telugu movies, about 20 web series have been produced specifically for the platform. Fans of Telugu movies and TV shows can access their favourite titles and new, original content on this Telugu-only OTT service.
Sun NXT (Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali)
Launched in 2017, the on-demand service is owned by the Sun TV Network. It allows its subscribers to watch content in four South Indian languages — Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Bengali. The content library of the streaming platform is packed with movies, TV shows, music videos, and comedy videos. The subscribers can also watch live TV on the service. Its user-friendly interface makes it easy to access some of the highest-rated regional language content in the country.
Koode, meaning 'With You', is the first independent OTT platform to provide Malayalam content. It was launched by Studio Mojo in December 2020 and has original web series as well as content curated from YouTube in its library. Unlike other OTT platforms, Koode also plans to help influencers and content creators produce content exclusively for the website and monetise it to create a brand for themselves. The platform also plans to introduce a pay-per-video model for movies and premium content.
The streaming platform offers original web shows, short films, live sports and movies for the Bengali audience. It was launched in 2016 and is among the fastest-growing Bengali digital platforms in the country.
Regal Talkies (Tamil)
Launched by Tamil film producer CV Kumar, Regal Talkies is a pay-per-view platform. It also provides a platform for budding filmmakers to present their content to the audience.
Planet Marathi OTT (Marathi)
Marathi film production house Planet Marathi came up with a streaming platform in 2020 to make the Marathi-language content accessible to cinephiles across the world. It offers web series, films, food shows, and educational programmes as well. The creators are also working on a 'first day-first show' feature, where viewers can pay the one-time fees for watching their favourite film.
Olly Plus (Odia)
If you wish to enjoy movies, songs, comic videos, audio movies and short films in Odia, Olly Plus is the one for you. The streaming service was launched in 2020 by Sk Line Production.
The OTT platform is available for download on Google Play & Apple Store. According to the platform's motto, it is 'by the Gujaratis, for the Gujaratis'. It promises to offer some exclusive, premium and high-quality entertainment. The Gujarati content streaming platform OHO Gujarati, which launched in May, has garnered immense support with over 1.5 lakh downloads until now.
Talkies (Tulu, Konkani, Kannada)
The streaming service has films, web series and TV shows in Tulu, Konkani, Kannada, and Beary language. For those who are a fan of theatre plays, the platform also hosts Yakshagana, a traditional form of theatre developed in Kannada.
Reel Drama (Assamese)
Reel Drama's content-mix includes contemporary and old movies, short films, web series in various genres, theatres, a wide range of shows of music, comedy, poetry, cookery and devotion. It also offers a dedicated kid's zone that contains animated moral stories and grandma tales, besides masterclasses.
Hyderabad-based Reel Drama Production rolled out a new OTT platform for Assamese films, web series and other shows in January this year.
OTT platforms are here to stay and nothing has made this statement truer than the rise in their popularity during the lockdown. Explore these regional web platforms which have flourished in the past year.