Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Terrorism and its impact on ordinary lives have often been the subject of films made in the country. Homoeopathy practitioner Biju has also based his debut film `Saira' on the subject.

"The film is not aimed at conveying any particular message to the audience, but is an attempt to show the audience a view of the contemporary society. Things which most us often overlook," said Dr. Biju at a press conference here on Saturday.

"The film does not focus on a conventional story. But it (the movie) captures, as in a collage, the discordant sights and sounds of a few incidents happening around us."

The 92-minute film tells how "terrorism changes happy homes and wonderful lives," through the tragic story of Saira Ali Hussain, an intrepid television journalist played by Navya Nair, and her father, Ustad Ali Hussain, a renowned musician, played by Nedumudi Venu.

The family, especially Saira, becomes a victim of communal riots that break out following the murder of a fanatic Hindu leader.

Saira mysteriously disappears following the riots. She is later traced to a mental asylum, where she has been admitted after being gang raped.

Saira's fate is linked to her interview of a leader of a Muslim terrorist outfit.

The film shows how the calm and peaceful life of the father and daughter becomes `terribly restless' following the interview.

Actors Nedumudi Venu and Navya Nair and B.N. Radhakrishnan, producer of the film, were present at the interaction.

Venu said the role of a musician, which he played in the movie, was "quite different from his roles in other mainstream films."

The film is brought to the cinema under the banner of Mrinalini.