35 Best Soubin Shahir Movies and Where to Watch Them

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Starting out as an assistant director, Soubin Shahir has made his way to mainstream stardom in Malayalam cinema with socially conscious choices like Kumbalangi Nights, Sudani From Nigeria, and Manjummel Boys. If you wish to venture into Soubin Shahir’s filmography, our streaming guide has you covered with a definitive ranking of his best movies ranging from mainstream hits to more niche arthouse picks.

Which Soubin Shahir movies should I watch first?

For contemporary Malayalam cinema beginners, Shahir’s best movies would include critically acclaimed picks like the family dramas Kumbalangi Nights and Bheeshma Parvam, the sci-fi family comedy Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25, the cult romance Premam, the Ouija board-themed horror comedy Romancham, and the fact-inspired survival drama Manjummel Boys.

All of these movies find Shahir playing empathetic or morally grey lead characters, evoking dramatic nuance with occasional comic timing. Much like peer and frequent co-star Fahadh Faasil, Shahir’s performances brim with an energy that’s not over-the-top but impactful enough.

He is equally effective in supporting roles with his debut performance also being a side role in the 2013 Fahadh Faasil-starrer Annayum Rasoolum. Having worked as an assistant director for a decade, Shahir also made his directorial debut in 2017 with the coming-of-age drama Parava. The poignant tale set around a game of pigeon race and cricket makes for quintessential viewing for Shahir’s fans. Interestingly, the movie also featured an extended cameo appearance by Malayalam hero Dulquer Salman who has starred alongside Shahir in many other films.

Part of what works in making Shahir’s filmography gritty is its emphasis on real-world topics. So, while Trance dealt with the perils of religious televangelism, Kumbalangi Nights exposed toxic masculinity among a band of brothers. Similarly, Manjummel Boys played out as a claustrophobic real-world horror as it followed the titular town’s inhabitants daringly rescue their friend stranded in a pit at Kodaikanal.

But that doesn’t mean that Shahir doesn’t have a funny side. Even the most serious of his roles brim with either pious naivety or an underlying sense of mischief. Some of his most heartwarming comedies include Sudani From Nigeria, a sports comedy that finds Shahir’s football-loving protagonist befriending a Nigerian footballer stranded between immigration tussles. Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25 similarly had him playing a family patriarch encountering the titular AI humanoid.

Why is Kumbalangi Nights Soubin Shahir’s best movie to watch?

Kumbalangi Nights is considered Soubin Shahir's finest work owing to its gripping storyline and his standout performance. Shahir takes on the role of Saji, a character grappling with intricate family dynamics and personal dilemmas. Throughout the film, Shahir brings Saji to life with remarkable authenticity, portraying his struggles and growth with remarkable depth. For instance, in scenes where Saji confronts his inner conflicts or navigates complex relationships, Shahir's portrayal is both compelling and nuanced. His ability to convey Saji's vulnerabilities and evolution resonates deeply, enhancing the film's emotional impact, making Kumbalangi Nights a standout in Shahir's filmography.

Where can you watch Soubin Shahir’s movies?

Below you can find the latest streaming information for Soubin Shahir's best movies. 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. Kumbalangi Nights

    Kumbalangi Nights

    2019

    IMDB 8.5 (18k)

    #1

    Four brothers living in the fishing hamlet of Kumbalangi share a love-hate relationship with each other. Their relationship progresses to another level when Saji, Boney and Franky decide to help Bobby stand by his love.

  2. Manjummel Boys

    Manjummel Boys

    2024

    IMDB 8.3 (18k)

    #2

    A group of friends get into a daring rescue mission to save their friend from Guna Caves, a perilously deep pit from where nobody has ever been brought back.

  3. Romancham

    Romancham

    2023

    IMDB 7.5 (7k)

    #3

    Set in 2007, at Bengaluru, A game of Ouija board goes hilariously wrong when seven bachelors unexpectedly invite a spirit and try to make the best out of the situation.

  4. Bheeshma Parvam

    Bheeshma Parvam

    2022

    IMDB 7.6 (13k)

    #4

    Set in the backdrop of 1980s, Micheal helms his influential family in Kochi, inspiring fear and respect through his unnerving past. When a few younger members in the household feel his power over their lives too are aggravating, they join hands with foes to clamp down on him. And the story follows what’s in store for them.

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  5. Premam

    Premam

    2015

    IMDB 8.3 (24k)

    #5

    Three stages in George's life, and three girls he encounters in each stage.

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  6. Ela Veezha Poonchira

    #6

    Sudhi and Madhu are police officers at a small wireless police station on the hilltop. Amidst the heavy monsoon, they receive word that a woman`s body parts have been scattered all over Elaveezhapoonchira. Will they solve the mystery?

  7. Charlie

    Charlie

    2015

    IMDB 8.0 (13k)

    #7

    A young, nonconforming woman named Tessa gets entangled in a cat-and-mouse chase in the by-lanes of Kerala, hunting for a mysterious artist who previously lived in her apartment.

  8. Parava

    Parava

    2017

    IMDB 8.0 (4k)

    #8

    The story of Parava revolves around pigeon race, a game, which is prominent in Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala.

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  9. Sudani from Nigeria

    Sudani from Nigeria

    2018

    IMDB 8.2 (4k)

    #9

    When a soccer club manager brings one of his injured foreign players home to recuperate, they form an unlikely bond despite their cultural differences.

  10. Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25

    #10

    Story of a conventional, conservative small town villager and his son who has to move away from home due to his profession. Their relationship gets an endearing twist when an AI humanoid enters their lives and fills in their emptiness.

  11. Maheshinte Prathikaaram

    #11

    Mahesh, a studio photographer and owner of the studio. As the story moves on, Mahesh encounters an anonymous fight ending up with taking revenge that leads to certain realizations in his life.

  12. Annayum Rasoolum

    Annayum Rasoolum

    2013

    IMDB 7.4 (2k)

    #12

    A taxi driver, Rasool and a salesgirl, Anna fall in love with each other. But soon their union is put to question when Anna persuades Rasool to convert to Christianity.

  13. Trance

    #13

    A disheartened motivational speaker gets hired by a corporate to become a preacher until his live stint on television puts him and his service under the scanner.

  14. Iyobinte Pusthakam

    Iyobinte Pusthakam

    2014

    IMDB 7.7 (2k)

    #14

    Set in the backdrop of the picturesque Munnar, it tells the story of Iyob, a slave-turned-master.

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  15. Bro Daddy

    Bro Daddy

    2022

    IMDB 7.0 (7k)

    #15

    John Kattady and his wife Annamma think about marrying off their son Eesho to Anna, who is the daughter of their long-time family friend Kurien. Eesho and Anna don’t act too impressed with each other, despite their parents’ interest in the alliance. Little do the families know what is going on behind the curtains in their lives.

  16. Kammatti Paadam

    Kammatti Paadam

    2016

    IMDB 8.0 (5k)

    #16

    Krishnan, who has been living away from his family and friends in Mumbai, gets a call from his friend Ganga in Kerala, out of the blue. He senses danger, and leaves for Kammattipadam, where both of them grew up.

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  17. Anuraga Karikkin Vellam

    #17

    The life of a father and son and their life experience when son tries to breakup with his lover.

  18. Ambili

    Ambili

    2019

    IMDB 7.0 (1k)

    #18

    Guileless like a child and ever so full of life, Ambili is beloved by everyone in his village. The story traces Ambili's outlook towards life and of challenges others surrounding him that face him on an everyday basis.

  19. Churuli

    Churuli

    2021

    IMDB 7.0 (5k)

    #19

    Two undercover cops who go in search of a fugitive enter another dimension occupied by uncivilized residents who are crass and rude. There, the two men get stuck in an apparent time loop as inexplicable events begin to occur.

  20. Virus

    Virus

    2019

    IMDB 7.7 (5k)

    #20

    A real life account of the deadly Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala, and the courageous fight put on by several individuals which helped to contain the epidemic.