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Biriyaani

1 hour 33 minutes|India

Director:

Sajin BAABU

Country:

India

Year:

2019

Film Duration:

1 hour 33 minutes

Language:

Malayalam

Producer:

Razzaque

Screenwriter:

Sajin BAABU

Synopsis

The movie chronicles the life of Khadeeja, a married muslim woman confined within the four walls of the household, forced to conceal her desires in the name of religious and societal norms. When fate brings her to an abandoned life, she chooses a different way of financially and sexually liberating herself- to be a sex worker; soon to realize that her soul is still dissatisfied. Finding a new way of hope, she decides to give back to the forces that pushed her to live an orphaned life of humiliation and misery. Shot in various regions spread across Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the movie captures the essence of life from a conservative, religious and rural background. While these places are representative of areas where such stories might still exist, the movie does not push the audience to see it as a regular event in these places.

Director's Statement

Nothing infuriates the society like a woman who is in control of her mind and body. In that case, she is instantly perceived as a threat. They fight a thousand injustices every day. The movie is an ode to the women who have chosen the path of defiance.

Sajin Director

Sajin Baabu

Director

Sajin Babu is a film maker from Kerala, India. His inclination towards cinema began at a very early age. When he joined college, he began making campus films followed by docu-fiction, documentary, short films. His debut feature film titled “Unto the Dusk” made in 2014 won him numerous accolades including the Silver Pheasant, certificate of merit to promote at National & International Market at the 19th International Film festival of Kerala 2014, best feature film at Bangalore International Film Festival 2014 etc. The film was also screened at various film festivals across the country. His second feature “Man with a coffin” was made and released cross Kerala in 2017.

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