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Papilio Buddha (2013)

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A band of displaced untouchables in Western Ghats of India embrace Buddhism in order to escape from caste oppression.


Jayan Cherian


Jayan Cherian (story), Jayan Cherian
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Credited cast:
Kallen Pokkudan Kallen Pokkudan ... Kariyan
Saritha Saritha ... Manjusree
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Prakash Bare ... Sp
David Briggs ... Jack
Narayanan Nair ... Chief Minister
Kallen Pokudan Kallen Pokudan ... Kariyan
Sreejith Ramanan Sreejith Ramanan ... Dr.Prasannaraj
S.P. Sreekumar ... Shankran
Sujatha Sujatha ... Dalit activist
Antony Thekkek ... Gandhian Ram Das


A band of displaced untouchables in Western Ghats of India embrace Buddhism in order to escape from caste oppression. Papilio Buddha explores the life of a group of displaced Dalits in the Western Ghats of India and probes the new identity politics based on Ambedkarism, gaining momentum among the Dalits in the region, in the milieu of an ongoing land struggle. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

15 March 2013 (India) See more »

Filming Locations:

Wayanad, Kerala, India

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Dolby (Dolby 5.1)



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Initially banned in India due to its criticism of Gandhi, it was only allowed release once speeches against the Mahatma were muted or blurred. See more »

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One of the best Indian movies
6 August 2014 | by anoop461See all my reviews

This is definitely one the best movies I have seen. The film clearly portrays the ill treatment given to the dalits by our society and how the political parties tries to exploit them. The treatment of the movie is raw.. I have not seen such a film in Malayalam.. One should appreciate the director Jayan Cherian for his bravery.. He has even taken on the Gandhian myth.. Also the way the movie has treated sexuality without taking any stance.. The language used pure bliss, so natural.. One should appreciate the director for not using the artificial Malayalam cinema language.. Shame on the censor board for banning this film..

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