Over the years the film industry has produced some of the most successful Kannada movies. These movies have been released on various OTT platforms, and a few have had exclusive theatrical releases as well. These films have attracted viewers from all over the world. The critics have also given their brief descriptions and views on these films. In this article, we have attempted to list the top 20 Kannada movies that made a difference, be it in their cinematography, life-like screenplay, or getting the audience to connect! These movies made a mark and we have listed them here for you!
Top Kannada Movies on OTT in 2022
Some of the best Kannada movies that were released on different OTT platforms are given below:
|Movie Name||IMDB Rating||OTT Platform|
|Kantara||8.5||Amazon prime Video|
|Dia||8||Amazon prime Video|
|Daring Raajakumara||7.8||Disney Hotstar|
|Vikrant Rona||7.1||ZEE5 and Disney Hotstar|
|Love Mocktail||8.2||Amazon Prime Video|
|Ugramm||8.1||Voot and ZEE5|
|Yuvarathnaa||6.2||Amazon Prime Video|
|Kasturi Nivasa||8.9||Amazon Prime Video|
|Naagarahaavu||9.1||Amazon Prime Video|
|Love Mocktail 2||7.6||Amazon Prime Video
|Kotigobba 3||5.7||Voot and Amazon Prime Video
|Rathnan Prapancha||8.5||Amazon Prime Video
|Yajamana||6.1||Amazon Prime Video
|Pailwaan||6.2||Amazon Prime Video and Sony Liv|
|Ninna Sanihake||6.8||Amazon Prime Video
|Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana||8.4||ZEE5|
|8.9||Amazon Prime Video and Voot|
|Birbal Trilogy Case 1: Finding Vajramuni||7.8||Amazon Prime Video
|K.G.F: Chapter 1||8.2||Amazon Prime Video and Voot
|Gantumoote||8.1||Amazon Prime Video
Kambala is known for its rich culture and Bhootha Kola is a popular tradition among the villagers. However, when Shiva, a rebel defending his village and nature, causes the death of another villager, war breaks out between the villagers and evil forces. Can he regain peace in the village?
Cast: Rishab Shetty, Sapthami Gowda, Kishore
Release Date: 24th November 2022
Duration: 2h 30m
Genre: Drama, Fiction
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Dia is a 2020 released Kannada film. The movie was directed by K S Ashoka with D Krishna Chaitanya being its producer. The story revolves around the movie’s central character Dia shown as an introverted girl who unimaginably falls in love with Rohith. Being an introvert makes it exceedingly difficult for Dia to express her true feelings, in the meantime, the romantic story takes a drastic turn when Rohith witnesses a terrible accident and Dia learns that Rohith could not make it alive. The audience loved the tragic story of fate and drama in this wonderful movie. The movie was also critically criticized by the audience. The movie was theatrically released on 7th February 2022 and was later released on 7th April 2022 on the online streaming platform Amazon prime videos.
Cast: Kushee Ravi, Pruthvi Ambaar, Dheekshith Shetty, Pavithra Lokesh
Release Date: 7th February, 2020
Duration: 136 minutes
Genre: Romance and Drama
Daring Raajakumara is a 2017 released Kannada movie exploring the genres of action and drama. The movie was directed by Santhosh Ananddram and produced by Vijay Kiragandur. The film gained appreciation from the critics and managed to make a Box office profit of about 75 crores. The movie revolves around its central character Siddharth portrayed as a dutiful and kindhearted businessperson who in his life faces challenges that might taint his pure image. Thus, the movie is a perfect blend of drama as well as action and was worldwide loved by audiences. The movie’s official release date was 24th March 2017. However, much later its theatrical release the movie was available for the audience to watch on the online streaming platform Disney Plus Hotstar.
Cast: Puneeth Rajkumar, Priya Anand, Ananth Nag, Sarath Kumar
Release Date: 24th March, 2017
Duration: 148 minutes
Genre: Action, Drama
Vikrant Rona is a 2022 released Kannada movie exploring the genre of Action and thriller. The movie was directed by Anup Bhandari and produced by Shalini Manjunath, Jack Manjunath, and Alankar Pandian. The movie’s prime focus is put on a village in a tropical rainforest home to strange and unexplainable supernatural activities. The police officer Vikrant Rona takes up the challenge to solve the murder cases which he finds linked to the supernatural. The movie was loved by the audience and managed to make a box office profit of 158 to 210 crores. The film originally had its theatrical release on 28th July 2022 and was later released on the online streaming platform ZEE5 on 2nd September 2022.
Cast: Sudeepa, Nirup Bhandari, Neetha Ashok, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ravishankar Gowda
Release Date: 28th July, 2022
Duration: 147 minutes
Genre: Action, thriller
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2020 released Kannada movie Love mocktail marks the directorial debut of Darling Krishna. The movie revolves around the central character Adithya Aka Adi and his search for his soul mate. Adi saves Aditi and, on their way back home, he tells her his romantic history and all his love affairs starting from the past to the present. The movie is a perfect blend of drama, romance, and comedy and received worldwide appreciation for its interesting storyline and the performances of the actors. The movie was officially released on 31 January 2020 and was later released on the online streaming platform Amazon Prime Video.
Cast: Darling Krishna, Dhanush Pranav, Milana Nagaraj, Amrutha Iyengar, Vibha Kallianpur, and Rachana Inder
Release Date: 31st January 2020
Duration: 147 minutes
Genre: Romance, Comedy, and Drama
Ugramm is a 2014 Kannada film that was directed by Prashanth Neel. The producer of the film is Infinite Pictures. The movie revolves around its central character Agastya who takes up on himself to save the girls of the village Mughor from being raped. During his fights with the thugs and criminals responsible for this heinous activity Agastya becomes the main target of the mafias. The movie has some remarkable action scenes and was critically claimed by the audience as well. The film was originally released in theatres on 21st February 2014 and was later available for the audience to watch on the online streaming service ZEE5.
Cast: Srimurali, Haripriya, and Thilak Shekar
Release Date: 21st February 2014
Duration: 131 minutes
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Yuvarathnaa is a 2021 released Kannada film exploring the genres of action and drama. The movie is directed and written by Santhosh Ananddram. The producer of the film is Vijay Kiragandur. The movie revolves around its central character Arjun who joins the Rashtrakuta University. The college then becomes surrounded by risks and the matter exceeds, the college being put on the verge of being shut down. Arjun and the principal of the college join hands to save their university. The film was originally released on 1st April 2021 and was later scheduled for an online release on the online streaming service Amazon Prime Video on April 9, 2021.
Cast: Puneeth Rajkumar, Sayyeshaa, Dhananjay, Prakash Raj, Diganth, and Saikumar.
Release Date: 1st April 2021
Duration: 161 minutes
Genre: Action and Drama
Kasturi Nivas is a 1971 released Kannada film exploring the genre of drama. This classic was directed by Dorai–Bhagavan. The producer of the film was K. C. N. Gowda. The movie tells the tale of Ravi Varma who happens to be the owner of a matchbox factory and also a widower who had even lost his daughter in an accident. On witnessing that his employee Chandru was also in a similar position, Ravi decides to help him out financially. While Chandru was away acquiring his training abroad, Ravi took care of his daughter. After Chandru’s return, he suggested making some drastic changes in the company’s structure. This timeless drama is a piece of art and has a remarkable storyline. The movie was originally released on 29th January 1971 but due to the immense popularity and love that it managed to gain over the years, it was later released on the online streaming platform Amazon Prime videos. To date, the film manages to attract viewers.
Cast: Rajkumar, K. S. Ashwath, Jayanthi, Aarathi, and Baby Rani
Release Date: 29th January 1971
Duration: 152 minutes
Naagarahaavu is 1972 released Kannada film which is based on T. R. Subba Rao’s novels named Nagarahavu,Ondu Gandu Eradu Hennu and Sarpa Mathsara. The director of the movie is Puttanna Kanagal. The movie tells the tale of an angry young man named Ramachari who was categorized as a stubborn man. In the course of the film, the audience witnesses Ramachari being romantically involved with two women. The movie also explores the scandalous theme of a student-teacher relationship. The film was originally released on 29th December 1972 and due to its interesting storyline and popularity, it is now also available to watch on the online streaming service Amazon prime video
Cast: Vishnuvardhan, Aarathi, Shubha, K. S. Ashwath, H. R. Shastry, and Pratima Devi.
Release Date: 29th December 1972
Duration: 190 minutes
Genre: Drama and Musical
Love Mocktail 2
Love Mockatil 2 is the sequel to the 2020 released Kannada film of the same title. The sequel also revolves around the movie’s central character Adi and his attempts to live a normal life after the loss of his wife named Nidhi. The story takes a sweet turn when Sihi, a young woman enters Adi’s life to help him out with his struggles. The movie is a perfect blend of drama and romance. The movie is written and directed by Darling Krishna. The film was originally released in theatres on 11th February 2022 and was later available to watch on the online streaming service Amazon Prime Video on 15th March 2022.
Cast: Darling Krishna, Milana Nagaraj, Rachel David, Amrutha Iyengar, and Rachana Inder.
Release Date: 11th February, 2022
Duration: 140 minutes
Genre: Romance and Drama
Kotigabba 3 is a 2021 released Kannada film exploring the genres of crime, action, and thriller. The movie is directed and written by Shiva Karthik. The producer of the film is Soorappa Babu. The story’s prime focus is put on Sathya, who happens to be a philanthropist running an orphanage. It is during his time away in Poland while acquiring the medical treatment of Janu. Sathya gets caught up in some serious international criminal world drama and comes under the radar of a criminal named Ghost. The movie has some amazing action numbers and is a treat for all the action lovers out there. The movie was officially released on 15th October 2021 in the theatres and was later scheduled for an online release on November 23, 2021, on Voot.
Cast: Sudeepa, Madonna Sebastian, Shraddha Das, P. Ravi Shankar, Aftab Shivdasani, Abhirami, and Nawab Shah.
Release Date: 15th October, 2021
Duration: 122 minutes
Genre: Action and thriller
Ranthan Prapancha is a 2021 released Kannada film exploring the genres of drama and comedy. The movie was directed and written by Rohit Padaki. The producers of the film are Karthik Gowda and Yogi G Raj. The film revolves around its central character Ratnakara, portrayed as an average middle class man living the most of his life stuck in his home with his mother Saroja. Things take a drastic turn when he receives a phone call that drastically turns his world upside down. The film was originally released in theatres on 22 October 2021 and was also available to watch on the online streaming service Amazon Prime Video on the same date.
Cast: Dhananjay, Reba Monica John, Umashree, Shruti, Pramod Panju, and Anu Prabhakar.
Release Date: 22 October 2021
Duration: 147 minutes
Genre: Drama and Comedy
Yajamana is a 2019 released Kannada film exploring the genres of action, drama, and crime. The movie is written and directed by V. Harikrishna and Pon Kumaran. The movie’s prime focus is put on Krishna, who happens to be the son-in-law of the village’s head. Krishna somehow manages to become the targeted and biggest enemy of Devi Shetty. Devi, while trying to make income from the oil resources takes away the livelihood of the villagers, it was during then that Krishna decides to put an end to Devi’s cruelty. The film was originally released in theatres on 1st March 2019 and was later made available to watch on the online streaming service Amazon Prime Video.
Cast: Darshan, Rashmika Mandanna, Tanya Hope, Thakur Anoop Singh, Devaraj, Dhananjay, and P. Ravi Shankar.
Release Date: 1st March 2019
Duration: 164 minutes
Genre: Action, Crime, and Drama.
Pailwaan is a 2019 Kannada film exploring the genre of sports Drama. The movie was directed by S. Krishna. The film features Krishna, an orphan who tries to achieve the dreams of his father who was an ex-wrestler. Sarkar, a gym owner nurtured Krishna to become one of the fiercest wrestlers but the story takes a drastic turn when things become sour between the mentor and the mentee when Krishna falls in love with a girl. The film was originally released in theatres on 12th September 2019 and was later made available to watch on the OTT platform Sony Liv.
Cast: Sudeepa, Suniel Shetty, Aakanksha Singh, Kabir Duhan Singh, Sushant Singh, Avinash, and Sharath Lohitashwa.
Release Date: 12th September 2019
Duration: 166 minutes
Genre: Sports Drama
Pogaru is a 2021 released Kannada film categorized as a masala film. The movie was directed by Nanda Kishore. The producer of the film was B. K. Gangadhar. The story revolves around a local ruffian named Shiva, who manages to win the hearts and support of the local public by helping them fight injustice. Shiva’s selfless and helpful nature comes face to face with a rising challenge when a builder tries to exploit the locals for his own personal benefits. The movie received positive reviews from the critics and the audience for the performance of the actors and its interesting storyline. The film was first released in theatres on 19th February 2019 and later made available to watch on the OTT platform Voot.
Cast: Dhruva Sarja, Rashmika Mandanna, Sampath Raj, Dhananjaya, Chikkanna, Raghavendra Rajkumar, and Pavitra Lokesh.
Release Date: 19th February, 2021
Duration: 160 minutes
Genre: Drama and Action
Ninna Sanihake is a 2021 released Kannada movie exploring the genres of romance and comedy. The movie is directed and written by Suraj Gowda. The producers of the film are Akshay Rajshekar and Ranganath Kudli. The movie tells the exciting journey of two lovers named Aditya and Amruta along the path of romance and humor. The story beautifully captures the blooming romance and is a perfect blend of love, comedy, and drama. The film was officially released on 8th October 2021 and was later released on the online streaming service Amazon Prime Video on 29th November 2021.
Cast: Suraj Gowda, Dhanya Ramkumar, Aruna Balraj, Manjunath Hegde, and Soumya Bhat.
Release Date: 8th October 2021
Duration: 155 minutes
Genre: Romance and Comedy
Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana
Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana is a 2021 released Kannada film exploring the genres of Action and Crime. This gangster film is directed and written by Raj B. Shetty. The producers of the film are Ravi Rai Kalasa and Vachan Shetty. The story’s lead characters Shiva and Hari belonging to the coastal city of Mangaluru, set out to become the two most feared gangsters in the entire region. The movie displays their long-standing friendship and the challenges that the two witness while going through feelings of greed and ego. The movie was officially released on 19th November 2021 and was later available for the audience to watch on the online streaming platform ZEE5 on 13th January 2022.
Cast: Raj B. Shetty, Harshadeep, Rishab Shetty, Chinthan, Gopal Krishna Deshpande, V.J. Vineeth, Jyothish Shetty, Deepak Rai Paanaaje, Shanil Guru, and Prakash Thuminad.
Release Date: 19th November 2021
Duration: 151 minutes
Genre: Action, Thriller, and crime
777 Charlie is a 2022 released Kannada film. Kiranraj K is the movie’s director and writer. The movie’s central character is Dharma who was seen spending his life alone at his home overthinking. His entire life shifts when a dog named Charlie becomes a part of his life. The dog changes his life by adding some meaning and overall changing his perspective on life. The film had its theatrical release on 2nd June 2022 and was later released on the online streaming platform Amazon prime Video on 30th September 2022. The movie gained appreciation for its touching storyline and received some positive feedback from the audience. It is known to be a perfect blend of emotions, adventure, comedy, and drama.
Cast: Dulquer Rakshit Shetty, Charlie, Sangeetha Sringeri, and Raj B. Shetty.
Release Date: 30th September 2022
Duration: 136 minutes
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Birbal Trilogy Case 1: Finding Vajramuni
Birbal Trilogy Case 1: Finding Vajramuni also known as Birbal is a 2019 released Kannada movie. The movie is directed by MG Srinivas and produced by T. R. Chandrashekar. The story centers around the murder of a cab driver that was witnessed by Vishnu, who happens to be a bartender. Vishnu, while informing the police about the murder, gets arrested himself. It was after several years that a skilled lawyer joins the law firm and sets out to provide justice to all the people belonging to the weaker section of society. Mahesh the new lawyer takes up Vishnu’s case and reopens his case while Vishnu was on parole. The movie was initially released on 18th January 2019 and was later available to watch on the online streaming platform Amazon Prime Videos.
Cast: M. G. Srinivas, Rukmini Vasanth, Madhusudhan Rao, Sujay Shastry, Vineeth Kumar, Suresh Heblikar, and Ravi Bhat.
Release Date: 18th January 2019
Duration: 163 minutes
Genre: Crime and Thriller
K.G.F Chapter: 1
K.G.F: Chapter 1 is a 2018 released Kannada film exploring the genres of action and drama. The movie was directed by Prashanth Neel. The producer of the film is Vijay Kiragandur. The story revolved around a young man named Rocky, who got involved in the underworld and the criminals at an incredibly early age. Rocky tries to seek the ultimate power and establish his name to fulfill his promise to his dead mother which was to become a rich and successful man. During his criminal journey, he finds himself involved with an extremely dangerous gold mafia. The movie had some remarkable action sequences and was a treat for all the action lovers out there. Recently the sequel of the film was also released which too gained worldwide appreciation. The film was originally released on 21st December 2018 and was later available to watch on the online streaming platform Amazon Prime videos in various dubbed versions.
Cast: Yash, Ramachandra Raju, Srinidhi Shetty, Vasishta N. Simha, Archana Jois, Anant Nag, Achyuth Kumar, and Malavika Avinash
Release Date: 21st December 2018
Duration: 155 minutes
Genre: Action and Drama
Gantumpote is a 2019 released Kannada film directed and written by Roopa Rao. The movie tells the story of a teenager who deals with the everyday changing reality around her. Always struggling to understand herself, dealing with academic pressures, bullying at school, and her quest to find the love of her life. The movie reflects the innocence of a 16-year-old and her attempts to acknowledge her life and the challenges that it brings. The movie was officially released on 18th October 2019 in the theatres and was later available for the audience to watch on the online streaming service Amazon Prime video in 2019.
Cast: Teju Belawadi, Bhargav Raju, Sharath Gowda,Spoorthi Gumaste, and Nischith Korodi.
Release Date: 18th October, 2019
Duration: 115 minutes
Genre: Coming of age drama, and romance
These are some of the most popular Kannada movies that have gained the audience’s love worldwide. It is hoped that in the upcoming years more such movies will be produced.
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