Murali Nair

Murali Nair, studied at the Xavier Institute of Communication in Mumbai, became an assistant director in the Mumbai film industry. His first short film Tragedy of an Indian Farmer won a National award in 1993. His first feature film Maranasimhasanam won him the prestigious Camera D'or at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1999. His second and later films, Pattiyude Divasam and Arimpara were also screened at the Cannes.

Murali Nair lives in London and currently is producing television programs for British television.


Maranasimhasanam - 1999 - Malayalam
(Death thrown),

Krishnan, a farmer toils day and night for his landlord. Once, when climate becomes adverse, Krishnan reaches his landlord's house and requests for help. He finds his landlord in the middle of lovemaking and decides not to disturb him. He plucks some coconuts from the landlord's land and is caught red-handed. Krishnan is paraded to the police station and is falsely implicated in an unproven murder case. The Court sentences Krishnan with the death penalty.

At that time the villagers come to know about the latest innovation in America, a death throne, an instrument for making executions easy and painless. They decide on testing the death throne in their land by executing Krishnan, and demand the Government to import it. Finally, Government accedes to conduct the first execution on the death throne to carry on the sentence. Krishnan becomes the first man in the land to be executed using the wonderful invention from America.

The villagers convene to felicitate Krishnan's widow, Chirutha. She considers herself lucky in being the wife of a man who died on a death throne. The Union Minister declares that 'The death throne would be placed in all the districts with the help of World Bank' which makes the people happy.

Direction: Murali Nair
Screenplay: Bharathan Njarakkal
Cast: Vishwas Njarakkal , Lakshmi Raman
Cinematography: M J Radhakrishnan
Editing: Lalitha Krishna

Pattiyude Divasam - 2001 - Malayalam
(A Dog's Day)

Once in a colourful rural province, the ruling Lord grants democracy to his faithful citizens. They celebrate this with joyous song. As a token of his good will, the Lord gives the royal dog Apu, to his former obedient servant, Koran. Koran and his wife proudly care for the small dog that is liked by all in the village. One day, Apu bites a duck, and later a boy. Rumour spreads that the Lord knowingly sent Apu amongst the people because the dog had rabies. The peaceful democratic atmosphere in the village is disrupted. The new leader and the disheartened villagers turn against the Lord, they once loved and respected. The province gets divided, its future become uncertain.

Direction: Murali Nair
Screenplay: Murali Nair & Bharathan Njarakal
Cinematography: M J Radhakrishnan
Editing: Lalitha Krishna
Music: Kavalam Narayana Panikkar

Arimpara - 2003 - Malayalam
(The Wart)

Arimpara is the cinematic adaptation of renowned Malayalam writer O V Vijayan's short story by the same name.

The protagonist is a man living in rural Kerala. One day, a wart starts developing on his chin. Initially, everybody, including his wife finds it attractive. Slowly, it starts growing bigger and uglier. People start moving away from him feeling that this may be a contagious disease. But, he refuses to get the wart removed surgically.

One day, he tries to cut it off and falls unconscious. When he regains consciousness, he finds that his family has left him. Finally, the wart starts moving and talking to him and he ends up as its slave.

Direction: Murali Nair
Screenplay: Murali Nair, Madhu Apsara
Cast: Nedumudi Venu, Sona Nair, Master Bhagyanath
Cinematography: M J Radhakrishnan
Editing: Lalitha Krishna
Music: Fernando Benadon

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