Nithin Lukose’s powerful ‘Paka’, world-premiering at Toronto Intl. Film Festival, pushes Romeo and Juliet to the background and brings the violence to the fore

Posted on September 15, 2021


Spoilers ahead…

The English title of Paka is River Of Blood and it’s evident from the very first scene. An old man dives into a river to retrieve the body of a young man and nobody knows how he died. One of the many, many jokes in this movie is that all the expert divers are old men — this old man has an enormous, silvery moustache. You’d think younger men would be better divers but this is a film about a certain kind of tradition that older people seem to remember and pass along better to younger people. Maybe, these older men who are better divers are also part of a tradition in a sense. 

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