Unfolding in exquisitely photographed poetic rhythms and coloured landscapes, this is the simple but cynical tale of Muniyandi (Srinivas), a labourer on the Indo-Swiss Mooraru farm in Kerala. He gets married to Shivagami (Patil), an innocent young woman from the temple town of Chidambaram.
In course of her stay at the estate, she befriends Shankaran (Gopi), the estate manager and amateur photographer, who is an enigmatic man with a shady past. Their friendship transgresses the hypocritical but deeply felt codes of conduct the local men inherited from previous social formations: i.e. that women are to be denied what men are allowed to enjoy.
When Shankaran and Shivagami close connection causes Muniyandi to resort to the extreme step of committing suicide. How will Shankaran deal with the guilt that consumes him? How will Shivagami’s life unfold? This touching and thought-provoking tragedy artistically condenses the tensions between socioeconomic change (as tractors and machinery invade the landscape) and people’s refusal to confront the corresponding need to change their mentality.
Did you know?
This movie won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film and five Kerala State Film Awards including Best Film and Best Direction. Read More