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HOSTAGE is set in contemporary Dublin and is about a Lady who's husband is taken hostage and is forced to make a decision that will change both her and her husband's lives forever. Starring Cristina Ryan, Conor Marren and Jonathan Barret in lead roles,debut direction by Maruthi Nambi and cinematography by Kiran babu Karalil. Hostage is zero budget film.

  • Maruthi Nambi
  • Maruthi Nambi
  • Maruthi Nambi
  • Cristina Ryan
    Key Cast
  • Jonathan Barrett
    Key Cast
  • Conor Marren
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 12, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
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    Digital, 35mm Canon 5d
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  • Student Project:
  • 8th underground film festival
    September 2, 2017
  • Dublin International Short Film and Music Film Festival
    October 6, 2017
  • Dublin International short film and Music Festival
    October 7, 2017
  • 8th Indian film festival of Ireland
    September 16, 2017
  • Elevation indie film awards
    January 28, 2018
    Spotlight award
Director Biography - Maruthi Nambi

Maruthi Nambi hails from Chennai ( then Madras ) which is the film making capital of south India. Almost every art forms he posses is influenced from his family members. He learnt Indian classical music, poetry,painting and screenplay through film making discusions from his dad (Nambi Narayanan) under the homes roof in early ages. Later he also self taught music technology and posses an in depth thorough knowledge and gears. Maruthi Nambi has worked as automation personal in Hyundai, Intel but always loved to pursue his career that related to art. He strongly started to work on his gaps in film making skills, especially on story telling through camera and sound. He is self taught photographer and understands lighting and framing very well. Hostage puts all these skills to work.

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Director Statement

I am a world citizen, every citizen is my kith and kin
Ones Bad and good weren't defined by others.
- Kaniyan Poonkundran ( 1000 BC )

Hostage is a contemporary portrayal of above quote from the literature "Pura Nanooru" articulated by the poet "Kaniyan Poonkundran" written 3000 years ago which was mentioned by the late His Excellency Indian president Mr Abdul Kalam on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee year of the European union in front of the honourable members of the European Parliament.

The Story of hostage is driven by these two lines and the script has born to suit the contemporary social living, which has clearly brought the world citizens too close, in spite of distance.

The second line "Ones Bad and good weren't defined by others", is the vital line of Hostage in a clear entertainment package without over boring original screenplay which I am sure to keep the viewers at their edge till the last second of the film and through out.

The film has a perfect balance between audio and visual story telling both artistically and technically.

Please make sure to ask for a 5.1 surround copy if your venue is compatible for 5.1 surround audio. We are sure it will give the best of viewing experiences.

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