DEATH BY WATER(JALASAMADHI) (2019)

Jalasamadhi deals with a disturbing issue plaguing the contemporary society - treatment of the 'unwanted elders'. It seems that there was a practice of subjecting such elders to 'forced euthanasia', even as a ritual, in some parts of South India. Jalasamadhi o... read more

Completed On: 01 Oct, 2019

Duration: 1 hr 49 min 18 sec

Genres: Feature, Fiction

Country: India

Director: VENU NAIR

Submitted By: Venu Nair

DEATH BY WATER(JALASAMADHI) Poster
Jalasamadhi deals with a disturbing issue plaguing the contemporary society - treatment of the 'unwanted elders'. It seems that there was a practice of subjecting such elders to 'forced euthanasia', even as a ritual, in some parts of South India. Jalasamadhi opens with the murder of Muthu, a friend of Muniswami (a 59-year-old company worker) the protagonist, who was killed to protect his son’s vested interest of getting his father’s job in the company in the pretext of an age-old ritual of 'Samadhi' or killing (there are 32 types of killings) prevalent in that particular society in the Kerala-Tamilnadu border.

Munuswami is undergoing tremendous mental stress, as he is worried that the same fate would befall him too. His household problems increase his stress manifold. When Munuswami’s family and their friends try to sacrifice his life at the altar of this social evil Jalasamadhi(Death by Water), the youngsters fiercely oppose it.

The film has so far won 36 international awards.
  • Directors
    VENU NAIR
  • Producers
    VENU NAIR
  • Film Type
    Feature, Fiction
  • Genres
    DRAMA
  • Runtime
    1 hours 49 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date
    01 Oct, 2019
  • Production Budget
    100000 USD
  • Country of Origin
    India
  • Country of Filming
    India
  • Film Language
    Malayalam
  • Shooting Format
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio
    16:9
  • Film Color
    Color
  • Student Project
    No
  • First-time Filmmaker
    Yes

Director's Biography

Venu Nair is an Indian film director, producer, and screenwriter. He was born in Alappuzha district, Kerala, India. He has been active in the television and film industry since 1990 and has done more than 100 works including documentary films, mini-series, and feature films. His films have won 60 odd awards worldwide which include state, national and international accolades.

He has produced and directed his first feature film Death By Water(Jalasamadhi) in the year 2019. The film deals with a disturbing issue plaguing the contemporary society - treatment of the 'unwanted elders'.

Jalasamadhi was selected for more than thirty-six international film festivals around the world.

Director's Statement

Jalasamadhi focusses on the inhuman attitude adopted by the people towards the older generation in general. Respecting one’s elders is a part of Indian culture. However, that is fast changing. One reads about senior citizens being abandoned due to various reasons, especially when the family experiences a financial crunch. This ‘throwaway’ culture is one that is influenced by the rise of consumerism. While watching this film, I wanted the viewer to experience the throwaway culture in human relations that can never bring peace and happiness in lives of people, be it anywhere.

2 Reviews
  • Excellent

    25 Mar, 2020

  • DEATH BY WATER from Venu Nair takes us to a rituals of India which is for the treatment of the 'unwanted elders' in the family and society. A Social awakening subject sure. Best Wishes.

    24 Mar, 2020

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