A groom caught in the labyrinth of fear and doubt on D day. Jomon gets a hunch of being followed on the eve of his wedding and how he stumbles through the uneasy inkling is unravelled through Titus Lassar’s 22-minute short film ‘Nizhalkoottu’. “It’s a para-psychological thriller woven around father-son relationship. There are things beyond normal rationale and the film stems from such a concept,” says the director.
‘Nizhalkoottu’ is the story of Jomon, a youngster getting married to his longtime sweetheart Sherin. He had been her brother Ebin’s friend and the lovers are finally tying the knot after all the usual hiccups. “As part of their culture, the groom is supposed to spend the first night after the wedding at the bride’s place. But then he starts getting a subconscious feeling that he is being followed,” he says.
Drawing heavily from para-psychology and telepathic communication, the film shows his plight when noddy is willing to believe him. “He feels something has gone wrong and insists on returning to his home that night. It annoys everyone and they come up with various reasons for his strange behaviour. They think it’s the weed he smoked just before entering the bridal chamber,” he says. Totally helpless Jomon is left with no other option, but to flee just hours after entering the wedlock. “But as he runs away events that are totally unexpected starts occurring,” he says.
He says the title ‘Nizhalkoottu’ points to an invisible-yet-tangible presence. “Like the love and concern of someone very close,” he adds. The cast includes Dr. Rony David Raj, Leena and Kannan Nayar among others. Director of photography is Roby Raj and the editing is done by Biju Nair. 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound has been used in this short film for higher sound quality and Viswajith scores music while Anand Babu is the sound designer. ‘Nizhalkoottu’ is written and directed by Titus Lassar under the banner of Pritini Creations.