LIFE

'Sthithi'

Director Sarath who shot to fame with his debut film `Sayahnam' is back with his second celluloid venture. Titled `Sthithi', the film uses the backdrop of the State-wide agitation by service organisations last year to tell the poignant story of a couple employed in the State Secretariat.

Unni Menon and Bengali actress Nandini Goswal play the lead role in the film, which deals with the intense internal conflicts and vulnerability of the Government employees who participated in the stir. Produced under the banner of Sakh films, `Sthithi' offers an insight into the plight of the couple (Vivek and Vani) who are torn between the need to survive on a limited budget and the compulsion to join the agitation.

Things take a turn for the worse after the duo decide to take the plunge. The family is strapped for funds, Vani is arrested for taking part in a picketing and their children go missing. Vivek's father who comes to offer solace collapses and dies.

A Government employee himself, Sarath needs no schooling in the theme he has selected for his work. Sarath handles the story and screenplay. Lyrics are by Prabha Varma and music by Unni Menon and Sunny Viswanath. Unni Menon, Gayathri and Maya lend their voice.

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