Programme 2018

Light in The Room

Director: Rahul Riji Nair


Section: India Gold

Country: India | Year: 2018

Language(s): Malayalam | Time: 97 mins


Set against the backdrop of a beautiful hilltop village, surrounded by a dense forest and a decaying tea plantation, is the story of Sudha, an under privileged woman who reaches here after getting married to Chandran. They stay with Chandran’s brother and ageing mother in a confined single room house with a make shift separation to create space for the couple. The room has a strange light without a switch, which changes colours often. While Chandran calls the light his invention of a lifetime, it deprives Sudha of her privacy and begins to haunt her. Adding to her woes, Chandran physically exerts his dominance over Sudha. Amid deep trauma, Sudha realises that she doesn’t have any support and decides to fight.

Director's Bio

Rahul Riji Nair is an award winning filmmaker, script writer, and producer based out of Kerala, India. His debut feature, Ottamuri Velicham (2017), centered on marital rape, won four awards in 2017 Kerala State Film Awards, including Best Feature Film. The film had its world premiere at the 2018 New York Indian Film Festival and won the prestigious German Star of India Award for Best Feature film at the Indian Film Festival of Stuttgart.      

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