20 Best Arya Movies and Where to Watch Them

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Arya might not match the supreme status of other Tamil superstars like Vijay, Vikram, or Suriya, but the Sarpatta Parambarai and Raja Rani actor has carved his own niche in the film industry. From smart romantic comedies to innovative action dramas, watch the best of Arya’s movies along with a guide on where to stream them all.

Arya’s movies at a glance

Born Jamshad Cethirakath in Kerala, Arya made a promising start in Tamil cinema with his Filmfare-winning debut in 2005, Vishnuvardhan’s Arindhum Ariyamalum. The complex crime drama starred Arya in a supporting role as a dreaded gangster’s hot-headed adopted son. Sharing screen space with an already-experienced thespian like Prakash Raj as his father figure, Arya’s debut opened up avenues to play more rogue supporting characters.

A quick example in succession was the 2006 crime thriller Pattiyal that explored the world of underworld dons and contract killers, with Arya playing one such morally-conflicted assassin.

Arya drew further critical acclaim in 2009’s Naan Kadavul. The drama followed him as a man estranged from his family to the point of becoming an unorthodox ascetic. But when he reunites with his brethren, fitting into society becomes a Herculean task with Arya effortlessly capturing the social transformation of his protagonist.

But it was only from the 2010s onwards that Arya began to prove his commercial prowess with hits like the colonial-era period romance Madrasapattinam (2010), the comedy film Boss Engira Baskaran (2010), family action film Vettai (2012) and Atlee's family film Raja Rani (2013). The latter was, in fact, substantial in exploring Arya’s comic timing as he and Nayanthara aced the portrayal of a mismatched couple brought together by personal tragedy.

His funny side was touched upon again in the dark crime caper Settai, the Tamil remake of Hindi cult favourite Delhi Belly (2013). In the same year, he reunited with Arunthum Ariyamalum filmmaker Vishnuvardhan for the action thriller Arrambam and starred as a mathematician and fantasy world hero in the surreal romance Irandam Ulagam.

Hits followed in the years to come albeit with mixed reviews from the critics’ front. But a watershed moment in Arya’s career was marked after the pandemic, with Arya fronting Prime Video’s 2021 release Sarpatta Parambarai. Helmed by Pa Ranjith, the ‘80s-set boxing drama found Arya displaying impeccable boxer physique and channeling a morally gray brand of heroism. Post-Sarpatta, Arya continued improving his credentials as an action hero with offerings like the Predator-like military-vs-alien adventure Captain and the social gangster drama Kathar Basha Endra Muthuramalingam.

Has Arya appeared in any TV shows?

Arya made his OTT debut in 2023 with the Amazon Prime Video original The Village, a folk horror series inspired by the Indian graphic novel of the same name.

Why is Sarpatta Parambarai Arya’s best movie to watch?

Director Pa Ranjith has proven he’s a master storyteller throughout the years and Sarpatta Parambarai finds him addressing his quintessential commentary on caste issues but within the guise of an underdog boxing drama. Arya shines as a village boxer who aims to make his mark in the ring not just for a championship title but also for his self-respect in the midst of two rival clans’ clash. Rocky-inspired boxing tropes like a training montage and a full-fledged comeback are aptly adapted in a local milieu and an ‘80s period setting with Arya delivering a career-best performance as the moustachioed heavyweight fighter Kabilan.

Where can you stream Arya’s best movies? 

Below you can find the latest streaming information for Arya’s best movies in order. This includes every offer for viewers in India today. We'll also show you if any of his best movies are available to watch online for free.

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  1. Sarpatta Parambarai

    Sarpatta Parambarai

    2021

    IMDB 8.5 (25k)

    #1

    When Sarpatta Parambarai is challenged to a do-or-die match, Kabilan, a young labourer, must choose whether to put on the gloves himself and lead his clan to victory, or be dissuaded by his disapproving mother and dangerous politics.

  2. Magamuni

    Magamuni

    2019

    IMDB 7.8 (2k)

    #2

    Two long-separated brothers end up in life-threatening situations. How do their lives intersect and what happens next?

  3. Madrasapattinam

    Madrasapattinam

    2010

    IMDB 7.9 (2k)

    #3

    Amy, the wife of an English governor, falls in love with Parithi, a villager, and they run away. However, they are caught and she is taken back to London. Years later, she comes back in search of him.

  4. Naan Kadavul

    Naan Kadavul

    2009

    IMDB 7.7 (2k)

    #4

    This surreal Tamil entry tells the story of Rudran, who is abandoned as a child in Kasi and grows up to be a mystic who indulges in strange rituals and believes that he has power over life, death and rebirth.

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  5. Raja Rani

    Raja Rani

    2013

    IMDB 7.6 (5k)

    #5

    John (Arya) and Regina (Nayanthara) are forced into wedlock against their wishes. Both undergo a rough patch initially in their marriage as they are not able to get over their past romances. Prior to their marriage, Regina was in love with Surya (Jai), while John romanced Keerthana (Nazriya). What leads to the Arya-Nayanthara wedding? How they forget their romantic past and finally come together forms the rest of the story.

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  6. Boss Engira Baskaran

    #6

    Bhaskaran is a happy-go-lucky guy, who is yet to complete his B.A. degree, writing arrear examinations annually for years. His only friend is Nallathambi who owns a barber saloon, which he received as a dowry for marrying a two-month pregnant woman. He lives with his mother, Sivakami, brother Saravanan who is a successful veterinarian and sister, Nithya. When his brother marries Nandhini, he gets to meet Nandhini's younger sister Chandrika and wishes to marry her. When he approaches his family for a chance, everyone talks very frankly of his unemployed status which rankles him and he leaves his house to prove himself. With the support of Nallathambi, he establishes a tutorial for Class 10 students and despite early setbacks makes it work, while also convincing Chandrika, who eventually reciprocates his love. However despite all this, Chandrika's father is against her marriage with Bhaskaran for a reason which is revealed in the end.

  7. Arinthum Ariyamalum

    #7

    A college student files a police complaint against the adopted son of a gangster for shooting his girlfriend. However, the gangster is shocked to learn that the student is his real son.

  8. Pattiyal

    Pattiyal

    2006

    IMDB 7.3

    #8

    Two contract killers, who wish to leave the crime world, are betrayed by their boss.

  9. Ullam Ketkumae

    #9

    A friendship between college friends Shyam, Priya and Pooja suffers when Shyam confesses his love for Priya, leaving Pooja, who also loves him, heartbroken.

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  10. Urumi

    #10

    Kelu is a warrior in 16th century Kerala whose father was killed by Vasco da Gama and his troops. Kelu vows to avenge his father's death with the assistance of Vavvali and Ayesha, a warrior princess.

  11. Arrambam

    Arrambam

    2013

    IMDB 7.0 (10k)

    #11

    A man, along with a computer hacker, sets off on a mission to uncover a government scandal. As the dark secrets begin to tumble out, the duo faces dangerous consequences from the people in power.

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  12. Meaghamann

    Meaghamann

    2014

    IMDB 6.7

    #12

    A cop Arul (Arya) is on an undercover mission to capture the underworld don Jothi (Ashutosh Rana) who runs a smuggling mafia in Goa. When both Arul and his friend Chandra (Ramanna) plans to arrest Jothi, things go haywire and the rest of the story tells us whether Arul completes his mission by playing a mind game.

  13. Oram Po

    Oram Po

    2007

    IMDB 6.8

    #13

    Chandru (Arya) and Bigilu (Lal) are close friends. Chandru is an expert auto driver & racer while Bigilu is a mechanic expert at customizing autos to run at the dream speed of 130 km/h. Son of Gun (John Vijay) is the chief of a rival group who wants to outsmart the duo. Chandru, the race champ tries to settle the dues for his auto through a race, which is almost a cakewalk for him. He and Bigilu challenge Son of Gun to a race, and a date is fixed.

  14. Teddy

    Teddy

    2021

    IMDB 6.4 (3k)

    #14

    A youngster with OCD sets out to save a girl from the clutches of an international medical mafia with the help of a teddy bear which behaves like humans.

  15. The Great Father

    The Great Father

    2017

    IMDB 6.8 (7k)

    #15

    A businessman who is trying hard to be a good father to his daughter has a run-in with malevolent policeman.

  16. Captain

    Captain

    2022

    IMDB 4.4 (1k)

    #16

    A team of soldiers, led by a brave army captain, takes up a dangerous mission to go into a restricted forest area and uncover the mystery behind the unexplainable deaths of previous teams that had visited the site.

  17. Settai

    Settai

    2013

    IMDB 4.6

    #17

    Three struggling room-mates unknowingly become potential prey of a ruthless gangster

  18. Enemy

    #18

    Two childhood friends end up on opposite extremes of morality, and face each other in a good vs evil war.

  19. Ghajinikanth

    #19

    A forgetful young man falls in love with a girl whose father hates his condition.

  20. Irandam Ulagam

    Irandam Ulagam

    2013

    IMDB 5.8 (1k)

    #20

    A young man's lover dies in a freak accident, saddened by this he tries to kill himself by driving his car over a hilltop. A portal opens through an alternate universe and, rescued by his look-alike, he finally meets his lover.