IMDb has revealed its list of the most popular Indian movies and web series of the year so far. The list includes titles released between January 1, 2021 and June 3, 2021 and is “based on IMDbPro data on the pageviews of IMDb users in India.” While Vijay’s film Master is at number 1, TVF web series Aspirants follows closely in the list. Other web shows in the list are November Story and Maharani. Interestingly, none of the Bollywood movies released this year have found a place in the top 10.
Here are the 10 most popular titles of 2021 so far:
1. Master (Amazon Prime Video)
‘Thalapathy’ Vijay stars as an alcoholic professor who is sent to a youth school, where he clashes with the inmates and management. In his review of Master, Manoj Kumar R of Indianexpress.com wrote, “Master is the funniest, wisest, most enjoyable and most beautiful film Vijay has made in a long time.”
2. Aspirants (TVF and YouTube)
Starring Naveen Kasturia, Abhilash Thapliyal, Sunny Hinduja and Shivankit Parihar, Aspirants revolve around UPSC aspirants who often spend years studying for the civil service exam.
3. The White Tiger (Netflix)
Starring Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao, The White Tiger revolves around a young boy who uses his wits to escape poverty. While working as a driver for an Indian couple, he is asked to make a great sacrifice, which leads him to take matters into his own hands. Not only did the film win a nod at BAFTA, but Adarsh Gourav was also nominated in the Best Actor category.
4. Drishyam 2 (Amazon Prime Video)
Jeethu Joseph directed by Drishyam 2 stars Mohanlal, Meena, Ansiba Hassan, Esther Anil, Murali Gopy, Saikumar and Asha Sarath. In her review of Drishyam 2, The Advance Guide’s film critic Shubhra Gupta wrote, “It’s not easy making murder mystery sequels. ‘Drishyam 2’ jumps over the threshold of familiarity by broadening its scope on crime and punishment. If the victim was not a ‘good’ person, does the murder carry the same weight? Likewise, can ending a life, even if it’s accidental, ever be justified? ‘Drishyam 2’ is a solid, satisfying sequel.”
5. November Story (Disney Plus Hotstar)
Tamannaah Bhatia made her digital debut with November Story. In the show, Tamannaah plays Anuradha whose father Ganesan (GM Kumar), a celebrated crime writer who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, is found at a crime scene with no memory of what happened. Being able to save him is the crux of the Tamil web series.
6. Karnan (Amazon Prime Video)
In Karnan, Dhanush plays a fearless youth who fights for the rights of his people. In his review of Karan, Manoj Kumar R of Indianexpress.com wrote: “Karnan must be experienced emotionally and visually. It is an approach to generations of people’s suffering, who have been subjected to unspeakable atrocities because of their place in the caste hierarchy.”
7. Vakeel Saab (Amazon Prime Video)
Pawan Kalyan stepped into the shoes of megastar Amitabh Bachchan for the Telugu remake of the critically acclaimed Bollywood film Pink. The film also starred Nivetha Thomas, Anjali, Ananya Nagalla, Prakash Raj and Shruti Haasan.
8. Maharani (Sony Liv)
The political drama set in Bihar tells the journey of a humble housewife Rani Bharti (Huma Qureshi), who becomes the chief minister of the state. Besides dealing with smart politicians, Rani also fights against patriarchy.
9. Krak (Aha)
The run-of-the-mill police drama Krack follows Veera Shankar (Ravi Teja), a hot-headed cop who takes on gangster Katari Krishna (Samuthirakani). Krack was Ravi Teja’s third collaboration with Gopichand Malineni after Don Seenu and Balupu.
In her review of The Great Indian Kitchen, film critic Shubhra Gupta of The Advance Guide wrote: “Last night I watched a movie that didn’t feel like a movie at all. It felt like real life. The people in the frame felt like people I know and felt for, even though I never had my eyes set on the characters played by Nimisha Sajayan and Suraj Vejaramood. The Great Indian Kitchen has gone straight to the top of my best movies, the ones that stay with you long after you’ve seen them.”