Evil Engulfs

Nalan Kumarasamy

IFFR 2018

House on Fire

  • 135'
  • India
  • 2013

Nalan Kumarasamy won the first season of Naalaya Iyakunar, a TV talent competition for filmmakers that brought him to immediate prominence. Like the other main discoveries of that show, Karthik Subbaraj and Balaji Mohan, Nalan Kumarasamy has a fabulously irascible/crazy sense of humour, as witnessed in his debut feature – a wild, often absurdist mix of crime flick and sharp social satire titled Evil Engulfs, again based on a short called Enna Nadanthathu Na.

Meet Das, a professional kidnapper (cum world-class bullshitter), who takes on a bunch of youngsters as his assistants. Das might be a loser if not an outright idiot, but at least he’s a loser/idiot with principles. One of these is: "never kidnap someone involved in politics". But what do you do if you’re tricked into doing just that? Could we maybe, just maybe, also read this as a spoof on a filmmaking world based on an apprenticeship system – a world Kumarasamy defied by going his own way?

Director
Nalan Kumarasamy
Country of production
India
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
135'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Soodhu kavvum
Language
Tamil
Producers
C.V. Kumar, S. Saravanan
Production Company
Thirukumaran Entertainment
Sales
20crores
Screenplay
Nalan Kumarasamy, Srinivasa Kavineyam
Cinematography
Dinesh Krishnan
Editor
Leo John Paul
Sound Design
Vishnu Govind, Sree Sankar
Music
Santhosh Narayanan
Cast
Vijay Sethupathi, Sanchita Shetty, Radha Ravi, M.S. Bhaskar, Bobby Simha, Ashok Selvan, Ramesh Thilak

Programme IFFR 2018

House on Fire

A look at our world in crisis from a truly oblique angle: Tamil Nadu, India’s southernmost state, home to some of contemporary cinema’s most edgy work.

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