A short film in Kannada, directed by a Malayali, has won awards at two festivals.
‘Iddiluaata’, written and directed by Bibin Polookkara, won honours at the Surasu Memorial Short Film Festival, Thrissur, and the NACT Short Film Festival, Bangalore.
It has also been screened at the Solidarity Youth Spring Film Fest, Kozhikode.
The story revolves around a butcher who calls on a sex worker, who lives in a shack. He finds an ailing old man there, and she tells him she found the man at the bus stand, thrown out of his home by his family.
The film’s script had won the Lohithadas Memorial Award.
Why did the director choose to make the film in Kannada? “The story demanded it,” he says.
He has worked on several Malayalam TV serials and advertisement films.
‘Kanal’, a short film directed by him, won the State Award in 2008.
The same year, he also won an award in memory of director Bharathan for his short story, ‘Paalapoo Manamulla Atjnatha Savasareeram’.