Marana Simhasanam

Marana Simhasanam

Marana Simhasanam (, ) is a 1999 Indian Malayalam-language drama film written and directed by Murali Nair. Inspired by the first execution by electrocution in India, the film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Caméra d'Or. The film received special reception at the British Film Institute. The film received positive reviews from Le Monde for its unusual theme. The film was screened in Vienna, Torino, Toronto, Pusan, La Rochelle, Midnight Sun Film Festival Lapland, and the American Film Institute's Film Festival.


Krishnan is an out-of-work seasonal farmer who is driven to steal coconuts from his landlord to support his family. When he is caught and imprisoned, he is shocked to learn that he has been charged with the murder of a man who has been missing from the island for many years. But since it was an election time, and the most popular platform for politicians had become capital punishment, Krishnan is sentenced to death in the country's newest technology - electrocution by electric chair funded by the World bank. He is promised a statue being erected in his honour.

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    contentLocation Kerala
    director Murali Nair
    editor Lalitha Krishna
    genre drama social
    keywords capital punishment electric chair
    musicBy Madhu Apsara
    producer Murali Nair
    theme death discrimination social issues