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Sexy Durga

Malayalam / India / 2016 / 85 Min
A film by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

Story, Screenplay    :   Nil
Director of Photography    :   Prathap Joseph
Sound Recording    :   Harikumar Madhavan Nair
Art Direction    :   Murukan A
Sound Mixing    :   T Krishnanunni
Editor    :   Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
Music    :   Basil Joseph

Durga, a north Indian migrant and a Keralite youth named Kabeer are running away on a midnight. They are waiting for a transport to the nearest railway station to catch a train to a distant place. Two small time gangsters, transporting arms, offer assistance to the couple. The hapless “Durga” encounters a cross section of the society through the rest of the night. Parallel to the journey of Durga another mysterious event intercuts in the film. In a Kerala village, devotees perform ‘Garudan Thookkam’, a ritual art form submitted as a reward for the problems solved in the abode of Goddess Kali, who represents Goddess Durga’s personified wrath & embodied fury.

Director's Profile

Kerala-based Sanal Kumar Sasidharan graduated in Zoology and Law, started his job as a lawyer. He has no formal education in film making. Out of his passion for cinema, in 2001, he formed a film society named ‘Kazhcha Film Forum’ with his colleagues, for making independent movies through crowd funding. His initiative cinema cab, the travelling cinema movement for promoting indie films in Kerala has received much applauds. In 2014, he received the “Kerala State Film Award for the Best Director” for his debut feature film Oraalppokkam.

In 2015, his second film Ozhivudivasathe Kali, has received award for the “Best Feature Film in Kerala”. Both the films have also received FIPRESCI and NETPAC awards in the International Film Festival of Kerala.


1. Wonder World
(Short film/2001/Malayalam)
International video film festival of Kerala 2003

2. Parole
(Short film/2008/Malayalam)

3. Frog
(Short film/2012/Malayalam)
Awarded as the best short film in the Kerala State Television awards 2012

4. Oraalppokkam
(Feature film/2014/Malayalam/English/Hindi/Tamil)
Awarded Best Director, Best Sound recording in the Kerala State Film Awards, 2014, FIPRESCI and NETPAC awards for the best Malayalam film in the IFFK 2014.

5. Ozhivudivasathe Kali
(Feature film/2015/Malayalam)
Awarded as the best film in the Kerala state Film Awards 2015, Award for the best Sound Recording.

6. Sexy Durga
(Feature film/2017/Malayalam)
World premiere in IFFR Tiger competition

About Sexy Durga : Director's Statement

“Sexy Durga” is a name of irony. Woman are considered as Devi in the Indian culture. But at the same time women are the one who is exploited most in this society. A girl named Durga can be a goddess if she is in a temple, but what will happen to her if she is out there in the street. Durga is running away from somewhere with a Muslim named Kabeer. Why they are running away? What will be the circumstances are hidden but obviously loud. How fast the mentality of obsession and worship changes into the mentality of domination and exploitation in a male dominated society! The film is all about this thought process. I was experimenting with my idea of script less movie making and gone a little further to make a movie without a story as well.

About Niv Art Movies

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Sexy Durga is a 2017 Malayalam inide movie directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan. This story-less, script-less experimental movie has got exciting responses from audience across the glob. It has got NFDC Film Bazaar DI award in the Film Bazaar at Goa in 2016. The movie will be premiered in the prestigious International Film Festival of Rotterdam 2017. It has been selected in the Tiger Competition section.



Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

Editor, Director
Shaji Mathew & Aruna Mathew

Prathap Joseph

Director of Photography
Harikumar M

Sound Design and Recording
T Krishnanunni

Sound Mixing
A Murukan

Art Director
Basil C J




Saw @SexyDurgaMovie by @sanalsasidharan .. competing for the Tiger at Rotterdam. An extraordinary achievement. Minimal, super edgy thriller
- Anurag Kashyap, Filmmaker