Long Weekend Alert: Five Regional Films Of 2023 You Must Revisit

The much-awaited long weekend is just around the corner. For those who have planned to spend the holiday outdoors, safe travels! For those who have planned to cosy up indoors, here's an interesting watchlist for you.

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Best Movies Of 2023 To Watch This Weekend

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The much-awaited long weekend is just around the corner. For those who have planned to spend the holiday outdoors, safe travels! For those who have planned to cosy up indoors, this one’s for you.


Movies are one of the most popular forms of entertainment, and with OTT platforms, we have access to the latest releases from the comfort of our homes. Below is a cumulated list of the five best regional films released in 2023 that you can add to your movie marathon list.

Best Movies Of 2023 To Watch This Weekend

Viduthalai: Part 1

Directed by Vetrimaaran, Viduthalai: Part 1 is one of the best movies of 2023. The story revolves around Kumaresan (Soori), a newly appointed police constable who struggles to hold on to righteousness while being entangled in the conflict between the police officials and a revolutionary group headed by Perumal alias Vaathiyaar (Vijay Sethupathi). With a gripping script, captivating visuals, and an intense message, Viduthalai is an exceptionally powerful film that will surely give you an adrenaline rush.

Where to Watch: Viduthalai: Part 1 is streaming on Zee5.

Por Thozhil


Starring veteran actor Sarath Kumar and talented Ashok Selvan, Por Thozhil, directed by debutant director Vignesh Raja, is an intriguing, whodunnit thriller. A new recruit and book-smart cop Prakash (Ashok Selvan) is paired with seasoned officer and street-smart cop Loganathan to solve a serial killer case. Although the duo initially doesn’t get along well, their intention to fight for justice makes them a good team. With its powerhouse star cast, effective screenplay, and engaging narrative, Por Thozhil will hold your attention from the first frame until the last.

Where to Watch: Por Thozhil is streaming on Sony LIV.

Ponniyin Selvan 2

Manirathnam’s magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan 2, despite having some contrasting scenes from Kalki's Ponniyin Selvan (novel), is undeniably a pride of Tamil cinema. With Nandhini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) and the Pandyas plotting for the downfall of the Cholas, Ponniyin Selvan 2 narrates how the Chola heir Arunmozhi Varman (Jayam Ravi), his brother Aditya Karikalan (Vikram), and his sister Kundavai (Trisha) protect their empire. Book lovers might have a tiff with the film, but for those who haven’t read the book, PS2 will motivate you to grab your copy. Either way, you can watch it for the brilliant direction, cinematography, and performances.

Where to watch: Ponniyin Selvan 1 and 2 are streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

2018: Everyone is a Hero


In a proud achievement for the Malayalam film industry, 2018: Everyone is a Hero has been selected as an official entry for the 96th Oscar award in the Best International Feature Film category. Now, how can you miss such an incredible film? Starring the talented Tovino Thomas, the film is based on the Kerala floods that shook the state in the year 2018. The film’s visual effects, editing, and direction are breathtaking, and the credits go to director Jude Anthony.

Where to watch: 2018: Everyone is a Hero is streaming on Sony LIV.


Director Rohit MG Krishnan’s Iratta, a Malayalam suspense-thriller starring Joju George and Sabumon Abdusamad, revolves around twin brothers DSP Pramod and ASP Vinod. Vinod’s unexpected demise at the police station leads Pramod to try to figure out the reason and reflect on life. The film illustrates sibling rivalry and childhood trauma between the brothers. The powerful performance, engaging writing, and captivating visuals paired with the suspenseful background music make Iratta an intense watch.

Where to watch: Iratta is streaming on Netflix.

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