Tag Archives: Tamil Movies on Amazon Prime

Streaming Video News: March 23, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with an exciting new addition to the catalog. Secret Superstar — one of my favorite films of last year — is now available for streaming! It does a wonderful job of thoughtfully addressing a heavy subject while balancing it with hope and laughter. This is a good one to share with folks who aren’t regular Bollywood watchers.

Yesterday, I updated my Amazon Prime streaming list with the Tamil films Megha and Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalivaanikalum, as well as the Hindi-dubbed movies Ek Aur Hero the Dashing, Meri Pukar, and Nepali the Warrior. For everything else new on Amazon Prime and Netflix — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.

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Streaming Video News: March 19, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with some recent additions to the catalog. Here are the films added within the last week (movies are Hindi- or English-language, unless specified):

I also found a couple dozen other Indian films added since Heera’s demise early in January. I may have missed them previously because I usually filter my Instant Watcher queries to exclude movies for which I can’t find IMDb entries–to help get rid of the clutter in Amazon’s catalog (e.g., low-budget workout videos, virtual fireplace videos, oddball content for kids, etc.). This filter also blocked me from seeing some legitimate movies. The films I missed fell into two categories. First, these are movies in their original languages:

In the second category, these are all of the Hindi-dubbed versions of South Indian movies that were added:

Since Heera closed down, the majority of the Indian movies to join the catalog are Hindi-dubs of South Indian films, many of which are free to watch ad-supported without a Prime subscription and almost all of which are already available on YouTube. Excluding the incorporation of Heera’s collection into the Prime catalog, Amazon hasn’t added a recent, mainstream Bollywood film or high-profile South Indian movie since Bank Chor on December 21, 2017.

[Let’s pause to remember when Heera added Chef one month after its theatrical release. Those were good times.]

Frankly, this is what I was afraid of when Heera shut down. When Amazon snapped up the streaming rights to tons of Bollywood movies last year, it was in an effort to woo new customers in India. Heera was an attempt to monetize the newly acquired content in the United States, and when it didn’t work, maybe Amazon decided not to bother hosting it at all (especially if it saves them money somehow–I don’t know how their contracts work). Since most households in the US already subscribe to Prime, the company has no incentive to give them something essentially for free.

Instead, we get more of the same free stuff you can already find on YouTube. It’s frustrating.

Streaming Video News: March 15, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with seventeen new additions to the catalog (well, sixteen if you discount OK Kanmani, which is available again after a hiatus).

The new additions include the English-language drama Mango Dreams, the documentary Martyrs of Marriage, seven Marathi films, four Malayalam movies, two Bengali flicks, and one other Tamil title besides OK Kanmani. Curiously, four of the Marathi films — Chal Dhar Pakad, Irada Pakka, Lalbaug Parel, and Ranbhool — are also currently available on Amazon Prime, though their addition to Netflix makes me wonder if that’s about to change. (For everything else new on Netflix — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.)

Speaking of Amazon Prime, while no new movies were officially added today, my digging unearthed three more Tamil films that hadn’t previously appeared in any of my searches: Ethir Neechal, Kuraoindrumillai, and Political Khiladi, the Hindi-dubbed version of Ko 2. I added them to my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime.

Another bit of good news is that Amazon updated the interface of “Your Watchlist” to allow users to sort titles in their list alphabetically, A-Z or Z-A. The alphabetical sorting option replaces a “Featured” sorting method governed by an Amazon algorithm. (It wasn’t a function that I ever used, so I may be misremembering the exact name.) Both new options and the existing “Most Recent Addition” sort function work within consistent parameters — alphabetically and chronologically — making it much easier to find desired titles, rather than sorting via an algorithmic popularity contest, the rules of which only Amazon understands. It’s a welcome step toward a more consumer-friendly user interface.

Streaming Video News: February 14, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with a totally exciting new addition. The romantic comedy Love Per Square Foot made its worldwide debut today — on Netflix! Producer Ronnie Screwvala opted to bypass theaters and release the film on the digital platform instead, a move he says acknowledges the way people choose to watch movies and also gives filmmakers the freedom to tell stories that might not otherwise support the costs of a traditional theatrical release. Love Per Square Foot stars Vicky Kaushal and debutant Angira Dhar as a pair of cash-strapped Mumbai house hunters. Click here to watch it on Netflix.

I also added a bunch of titles to my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime. I had time to kill yesterday, hiding out in my basement with my laptop while workers replaced our windows (in February, in Chicago = bad idea), so I did some more digging through Amazon’s catalog. In addition to the interesting looking documentary My Name Is Salt, I found another twenty Indian and Desi movies available for streaming with Prime:

Newly Updated Amazon Prime Page

I finished updating my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime to reflect the massive increase in the streaming service’s collection of Indian films. I’ve made every effort to assemble the most accurate and comprehensive list of Indian movies on Amazon Prime that you will find anywhere.

This massive overhaul was necessitated by Amazon’s decision to close their Heera channel earlier this month. The move made things more equitable across the globe, as American Amazon users no longer required an additional subscription in order to watch movies that international Prime subscribers could access for free. The bulk of the Heera collection was incorporated into the existing Prime catalog.

However, not all movies made the jump. Some — like Parched — are no longer available for streaming, only for rent. Others — like Krazzy 4 — are still available for streaming, but require a subscription to Eros Now, which was added to the Amazon Channels collection just before the start of the new year. All told, about twenty-five of the Bollywood titles available on Heera failed to transition to Prime.

One of the reasons why I didn’t list Indian films available in languages other than Hindi or English on my Heera page was that Amazon’s own Heera page subdivided its collection by language, making it easy to find that Bengali or Telugu movie you were looking for. With Heera gone, all of the Indian films were incorporated into Amazon’s useless “foreign” category, a catchall for any movie made outside of the United States. With nearly 7,000 titles and no way to filter by language or country, how on earth could Indian cinema fans be expected to find what they wanted to watch?

That’s why I decided to expand my Amazon Prime list to include all of the Indian and Pakistani films available for streaming. This meant scouring Amazon’s unwieldy video section and double-checking it against the Amazon streaming list at Instant Watcher, ignoring broken or inaccurate links and verifying the most common title spellings at IMDb and Wikipedia. I found some interesting stuff during my research, including the fact that, although Dil Se.. isn’t available for streaming, its Tamil-dubbed version — Uyire — is.

The end result of my efforts is a list of 783 Indian, Pakistani, and Desi movies (plus two Amazon original TV series). The list breaks down as follows:

  • 431 “Bollywood” movies (made up of Hindi, English, and other Desi-themed titles)
  • 126 Bengali movies
  • 1 Bhojpuri movie
  • 1 Gujarati movie
  • 1 Kannada movie
  • 14 Malayalam movies
  • 39 Marathi movies
  • 4 Oriya movies
  • 9 Punjabi movies
  • 1 Sanskrit movie
  • 98 Tamil movies
  • 28 Telugu movies
  • 3 Urdu movies
  • 27 documentaries and comedy specials

I will continue to update the Amazon Prime list as new titles are added. If you notice any movies that belong on this list that I have missed, please let me know in the comments below.

I earn a commission on Amazon’s free-trial subscriptions made through the links at my site, so if you want to support the creation and maintenance of this list, you can do so by trying Prime for 30 days or Eros Now for a week — or you can watch my all-time favorite TV show Running Man with a free trial of DramaFever. Thanks for reading! — Kathy

Streaming Video News: November 29, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with three new additions to the catalog. Atul Kulkarni’s Manasarovar and the Tamil film Endrendrum Punnagai are both available for streaming, as is DISCO DANCER! For everything else new on Prime, check Instant Watcher.

Streaming Video News: November 27, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with one new addition to the catalog. The September theatrical release Poster Boys — starring the Deol brothers and directed by Shreyas Talpade — is now available for streaming. Also note that the 2016 Marathi film Sairat expires from Netflix on December 1.

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime as well to include the Hindi-dubbed version of the 2001 Tamil film Citizen, which is available for free with ads to non-subscribers. For everything else new on Netflix and Amazon Prime — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.

Streaming Video News: November 23, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with some new additions to the catalog. Kumail Nanjiani’s thoughtful Hollywood hit The Big Sick is now available for streaming. The 2017 Marathi/English film Shank’s is also now available, as is the 2003 Tamil film Aparichit 2.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with a couple of new additions to the streaming catalog: the Hindi films Dharm and Teen Thay Bhai. For everything else new on Netflix and Amazon Prime — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher. Happy Thanksgiving!

Streaming Video News: November 21, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Heera with one important new addition to the catalog. India’s official submission to next year’s Oscars — Newton — is now available for streaming. Critics who want to watch Newton in advance of year-end-awards voting can follow this link for a free 7-day trial of Heera.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix to include the addition of another Krish Trish and Baltiboy cartoon — Face Your Fears — plus the news that Gangs of Wasseypur will depart the service on December 18, 2017. Netflix broke the 5-hour-plus epic into eight 40-minute-long episodes, so there’s no excuse not to watch this gripping gangster drama.

Finally, I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with the addition of three Hindi-dubbed films that can be watched with ads even without a Prime subscription: the Tamil movies Billa 2 and Ek Dumdaar The Powerful, and the Punjabi film Jatt James Bond. For everything else new on Amazon Prime and Netflix — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.

Streaming Video News: November 9, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with 25 (!) new additions to the catalog. Most of the movies are from the mid 2000s, and I can’t say that I’m pumped for any of them except for maybe the horror flicks Darna Zaroor Hai and Vaastu Shastra. This bundle of films brings Netflix’s Bollywood collection up to 257 titles, and that’s not counting movies in other Indian languages or documentaries. Here’s are some of the titles just added. Please let me know in the comments below if any of these are worth watching:

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with two new additions. The 2013 Tamil film Sutta Kadhai is now available for streaming, as is the animated musical Sita Sings the Blues, which I’ve long wanted to check out. For everything else new on Prime — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.