Synopsis: Amrith Lal, Senior Journalist with The Indian Express in Conversation with Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, Director of Death of an Insane and S Durga.
Indian Independent filmmaker Sanal Kumar Sasidharan was born in 1977 in Kerala. He started as a lawyer, but his passion for cinema led him to form a film society Kazhcha Film Forum in 2001 for making independent movies through crowd-funding. 'Oraalppokkam' (Six Feet High, 2014), his debut feature-length movie produced by Kazhcha won him the Kerala State Film Award for the Best Director. His second film 'Ozhivudivasathe Kali' (An Off-Day Game, 2015) was awarded as the Best Feature Film. Both the films received the FIPRESCI awards in the International Film Festival of Kerala. Sanal’s third film 'S Durga' (2017) was premiered in the competition section of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam (IFFR 2017). The film won the Hivos Tiger award and received wide critical acclaim. His fourth feature is 'Unmadiyude Maranam' (Death of Insane). Sanal is noted for his organic kind of filmmaking without a written script and a well-bound storyline.