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Chola (Shadow of Water)

Orizzonti

Director:
Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
Production:
Appu Pathu Pappu Production House (Joju George), Niv Art Movies (Shaji Mathew)
Running Time:
120’
Language:
Malayalam
Country:
India
Main Cast:
Joju George, Nimisha Sajayan, Akhil Viswanath
Screenplay:
K V Manikandan, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
Cinematographer:
Ajith Aacharya
Editor:
Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
Production Designer:
Dileepdaz
Music:
Basil C J
Sound:
Sonith Chandran
Visual Effects:
Studio@360

Synopsis

Teenager Janaki and her scrawny paramour visit the city behind her mother’s back. He’s arranged for a ride from his boss, a sullen man who tells Janaki that he knows she’s lied to her mother. The trio drive into the city where the teenagers are besotted with the lights, the malls and the beach. They lose track of time and are forced to stay the night in a bare-bones motel where the horrors begin. A magic realist portrait of India’s growing pains.

Director’s Statement

Chola attempts to investigate the entitlement of a man’s psyche on a woman, and a woman’s beliefs about men, in the aforementioned culture. The men in Chola try to dominate the girl, Janaki, either by offering a pure love, or by conquering her physically and psychologically by sexual aggression. Yet she, who believes that men are her protectors, disciplines herself to stay obedient to dominating males. I hope these characters will give rise to a number of questions about gender dynamics in practice. As a man, I understand there are limits and biases to my understanding of the female experience, and I invite the discussion I hope this film brings.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Joju George - Appu Pathu Pappu Production House
Parecattil House, Kuzhur P.O
68734 - Mala, Thrissur, India
Tel. 9810128802
actorjoju@gmail.com

PRODUCTION 2: Shaji Mathew - NiV Art Movies
210, Neb Sarai
110068 - New Dehli, India
Tel. 9810128802
nivmathew@gmail.com
http://nivartcentre.com/

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