Shaji N. Karun


«It was a wonderful and great opportunity for me to work with Aravindan (1935-1992) as his cinematographer for nearly all his films. As a film author, his passion for ‹Life› through his own understanding of colours (his paintings, cartoons) and Music (his singings) is a strong arrangement. Through Small World and Big Person I choose to ‹see› him for myself, starting his love towards his family and friends.» Shaji N. Karun India 2002 Regie: Shaji N. Karun 30 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT


Three women come to a police station to identify a dead body. It is said to be Kutty Shrank, a boatman who lived a versatile life. All three women claim to be his loved one. Their memories of their time with him paint a picture of his multifaceted character and personality. The story is told in the style of magical realism. Thus a world of its own emerges in which reality and fiction seem to fuse.   India 2009 Regie: Shaji N. Karun 127 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT


1971- The Atmosphere is tense with the possibility of a war between India and Pakistan. A mistaken call from a young boy trying desperately to reach his mother disrupts the peace and tranquillity of their home of Sati and Gopi Gujral, a couple in their fifties, leading a placid life. Sati is a part time music teacher in a school for Tibetan children run by the Tibetan government-in-exile and Gopi is a doctor in a government hospital. Their only son, Ashok is a pilot with the Indian Air Force, and calls home at an appointed time, unerringly every week. Ashok’s call itself gives Sati immense joy and its regularity brings her great comfort. The wrong calls keep coming. Each time, it is the same child’s  desperated voice. Sati Gujral finds herself a prisoner to her own mental demons. For Sati, there is the anguish of the news itself, besides her own inability to convey it to the right quarters. There is, too, the greater anguish of not getting Ashok’s call at the appointed hour. The two emotions trigger a frantic bid to try and trace down the ‘Gomati amma’ but it is met with little success. Sati Gujral’s worry deepens, along with her constant worry. The next call is curt and brief. “The child passed away. The funeral is tomorrow”….. India 2002 Regie: Shaji N. Karun 118 min, 35mm, 1:1,66, Farbe, Dolby Digital, OF mit UT New Delhi 2002; Pusan 2002; Fribourg 2003


The time is the mid-fifties, when the Indian states were being reorganised. The place is a remote village in Kerala. There is a palpable hum of excitement as the village Panchayath, led by the Brahmin landlord, is determined to bring the benefits of electricity to this backward place. As the story unfolds, it introduces us to an array of characters in the village. Each character has its own story to tell, in self-contained episodes that are all interrelated. IN 1986 Regie: G. Aravindan 112 min, Colour, 35mm, OmdU Kamera: Shaji N. Karun

PIRAVI (Birth)

For a couple of days Raghava Chakyar waits for his son Raghu who is studying in a big Indian city but nevertheless is expected at home to the engagement of his sister. Although the father is waiting everyday at the bus station until even the last bus has returned his son doesn’t arrive. Rumours tell that Raghu was arrested for political reasons but his father doesn’t give credence to that at first. Later he heads to find his son by himself because he couldn’t find any help by the police of the city. This slowly paced drama tells the story of a father who is expecting his son to arrive home. However, the awareness that his son will never turn up drives the father slowly into madness. Shaji N. Karun does not only focus on the fragile structure of the family while it is on the search of its son Raghue, but at the same time he also manages at the same time to show the political circumstances surrounding the disappearances of people in the east Indian Region Kerala. India 1988 Regie: Shaji N. Karun 110 min, 35 mm, Farbe, malayalam. OF mit dt. und franz. UT Silberner Leopard und Grand Prix Jury Locarno 1989


Indien 1994 Regie: Shaji N. Karun


Emotions can either inspire a master drummer or disrupt his life completely: Unni is a masterful Chenda player (a drum) and his passion to music brings him closer to Nalini, an exceptional dancer in Mohiniyattam (a classic Indian dance) and though Unni is already married, he falls fiercely in love with her. However, their incomparable devotion to the arts and their passion for each other have to face a lot of problems. The hate, jealousy and spite in Unni’s life strain the relationship and eventually trigger Unni’s mental imbalance. European premiere. N 2013 Regie: Shaji N. Karun 150 min, DCP, Colour, OmeU Europe premiere


Category: IFFI 2014, Shaji N. Karun Hommage WAITING presents a beautiful aspect of self-revelation that updates the amazing liberality of human temperament. The film on that turn of phrase – a quest on a faith in believing what you have not seen, experienced and the ability to perceive it. It is all over again a vision of unfilled moments of time in us. IN 2012 Regie: Shaji N. Karun 52 min, Colour, DCP, OmeU