Sexy Durga

With an improvised narrative and dialogue Sexy Durga cleverly contrasts the worship of goddesses with the treatment of women in Indian culture. Winner of the Rotterdam Tiger Award.

A woman, Durga, and man, Kabeer, are on the run, eager to catch a train out of Kerala. Two men offer them a ride to the train station, but what initially appears to be an act of kindness quickly turns nasty. Over the course of this long night, Durga will encounter a cross-section of male society, with little comfort on offer. Sasidharan juxtaposes this menacing tale with footage of a ritual involving the piercing of the skin and walking on hot coals, in devotion to Kali, a manifestation of the Goddess Durga. Sexy Durga is a powerful, chilling film that recalls the work of Michael Haneke in its claustrophobic air of menace.

Winner of the Tiger Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam.

A couple's journey gone horribly awry becomes an allegory about the violent misogyny that plagues India. – Elise Nakhnikian, Slant Magazine

With Sexy Durga, director Sasidharan lashes out at the unchecked violence against women in his country in the most effective way that art can muster, by putting the viewer in the passenger seat of this terrifying ride. – J. Hurtado, Screen Anarchy


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Sanal Kumar Sasidharan


85 mins

Malayalam and Hindi with English subtitles



Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

Shaji Mathew

Prathap Joseph

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

Rajshri Deshpande, Kannan Nair, Vishnu Vedh

Features, Indian subcontinent, Festival Award Winners, Gender & Sexuality, Religion & Belief, Human Rights

Distributor: Daricheh Cinema