Marana Simhasanam 1999
Throne of Death (Marana Simhasanam) by 34-year-old Murali Nair is a disturbing 57-minute film about class oppression and political manipulation in Kerala, India. This darkly ironic film an graphically captures the soul-destroying poverty and backwardness that confronts a large proportion of the state's population.

Krishnan and his family, who have been seasonal labourers for generations, live in a small island community in Kerala. Driven by desperation because he is out of work, Krishnan steals a bunch of coconuts from his landlord. He is caught, imprisoned and suddenly finds himself accused of a murder which happened on the island several years ago. The people on the island are shocked. It is election time and the politicians take up his cause to win votes. A new technology for killing people is introduced in the country: the "Electronic Chair". Developed with a loan from the World Bank and technological help from America, the Chair is seen as the epitome of a glorious death. The islanders and politicians join hands to demand that Krishnan be the first in the country to die by Electronic Chair.

Director: Murali Nair
Cast: Vishwas Njavakkal, Lakshmi Raman, Suhas Thayat
Country: UK, India
Genre: Drama

DVD5 | PAL 4:3 | 00:56:16 | 1.74 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Malayalam
Subtitles: English, French (hardcoded)

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