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‘Pani’ world premieres at Toronto

by Gehna Kapany


On August 16, Santhosh Mandoor’s debut feature film ‘Pani’ had its world premiere at the International Indian Film Festival Toronto.

Based on real events, the film reveals the details of the crude ritual of Thalaikoothal, a traditional practice of senicide, prominent in Tamil Nadu. An extensive oil-bath followed by consumption of coconut water, drops the body temperature, often to a lethal extent. In the garb of mercy killing, this unethical and illegal practice has been prevailing for centuries and is often misused by people who can’t (or don't want to) afford to fend for their family's elderly. 

After researching extensively for three years, Mandoor came up with the final script. The film has been exquisitely shot in authentic old villages of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The presence of National Award-winning cameraman, Madhu Ambat, as the cinematographer of the film adds to its charm. 

The IIFFT is a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission to celebrate and promote Indian cinema in North America. Founded by Malik Ahmad, the IIFFT envisions to build stronger relationships through the cinematic language.