“Chola”… Sanal Kumar Sasidharan continues his study of oppression in a twisted, chilling retelling of the Ramayana

Posted on September 3, 2019


The film could be called the third installment in Sanal’s “oppression trilogy”. It is very much a companion piece to ‘Ozhivudivasathe Kali’ and ‘S Durga’.

Spoilers ahead…

You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/venice-international-film-festival-2019-chola-shape-of-water-movie-review-sanal-kumar-sasidharan-baradwaj-rangan


nce upon a time, there was a prince. A wimpy prince. This is the fairy tale that opens Chola (Shadow of Water), Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Malayalam film that screened at the Orizzonti (Horizons) section of the Venice Film Festival. The fairy tale is being told by one woman to another, probably grandmother to granddaughter, and it’s also about a woman, a virgin in a forest. It’s the story of a man wanting to own this woman, of this woman wondering whom she belongs to, as though she were a piece of property. The film’s English title makes sense. In some cultures, Woman is like a shadow, and like water, which takes the shape of the container it is in. A woman, too, moulds herself according to her man. That’s what’s been happening. And that’s WRONG!

Continued at the link above.

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