IMDb > Shadow Kill (2002)

Shadow Kill (2002) More at IMDbPro »Nizhalkkuthu (original title)


Overview

User Rating:
7.3/10   155 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 2% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Contact:
View company contact information for Shadow Kill on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
5 November 2003 (France) See more »
Genre:
Awards:
7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Counterflows to Modernity See more (3 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Oduvil Unnikrishnan ... Kaliyappan the executioner
Sukumari ... Marakatam, his wife
Reeja ... Mallika, the younger daughter
Thara Kalyan ... Madhavy, the older daughter
Murali ... Vasu, Madhavy's Husband
Sivakumar ... Mallika's Lover
Narein ... Muthu, Kaliyappan's son (as Sunil)
Nedumudi Venu ... Jailer
Vijayaraghavan ... Jailer
Jagathi Sreekumar ... Maharajah's Officer
Indrans ... Barber
Kukku Parameshwaram ... Woman seeking treatment in Kaliyappan
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
Adoor Gopalakrishnan 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Adoor Gopalakrishnan 

Produced by
Joël Farges .... co-producer
Adoor Gopalakrishnan .... producer
Elise Jalladeau .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ilayaraja 
 
Cinematography by
Sunny Joseph 
S. Ravi Varman  (as Ravi Varma)
 
Film Editing by
Ajithkumar 
 
Production Design by
Ratheesh Babu 
Adoor Gopalakrishnan 
 
Costume Design by
Satheesh S.B. 
 
Makeup Department
P.N. Mani .... makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Liebling .... foley artist
Fabrice Naud .... sound editor
Dominique Vieillard .... sound editor
Dominique Vieillard .... sound re-recording mixer
Dominique Vieillard .... sound
 

Production CompaniesDistributors
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nizhalkkuthu" - India (original title)
See more »
Runtime:
90 min
Language:
Color:
Certification:
Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud)

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Counterflows to Modernity, 21 August 2007
Author: (Niv_Savariego) from Tel Aviv

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Nizhalkkuthu seems to be a story about a hangman and his dilemmas, but in actuality it offers an alternative to a modern understanding of the Indian state. As it is, this movie caters for local, south Indian tastes and political sensitivities, and has little to say for others. Gopalakrishnan offers an alternative reading of the Indian freedom struggle, as part of an endless 'Leela' (mythical play), in which some innocent person has to die in order to enable others to live. This victim is a victim of the Goddess, a necessary sacrifice.

When it comes to it, the hangman's son, a Gandhian, doesn't refuse to take over the hanging. This I feel, is the strongest statement made by this film: That India's freedom is not a break with the past, but the past renewing itself in a new cycle. The society depicted is 'purely Dravidian'; There are no obvious castes or pollution principles, and everyone are devoted only to Devi (although allusions to Krishna and Jesus are abundant, but probably, mostly unintended).

It is interesting to see a movie whose narrative isn't modern or post-modern, but, in a way, counter-modern, offering us Leela in place of Modernity (structure in place of teleology) as the anchor of the narrative.

There are some beautiful shots throughout the film showing Kerala's lush landscape, but they seem to have bored the audience around me. All in all, surprisingly political in its statement, an essential movie for Indiaphiles or post colonial academics, but perhaps not for the wide public.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (3 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Shadow Kill (2002)

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Blueman Naalu Pennungal Rat-Trap Kathapurushan Anantaram
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb India section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.