Private Project

A Normal Death

"A Normal Death" is an absurd mystery that takes place in a bar, explores deep into the intricacies of "otherness" in human interactions. The routine of a group of regular patrons is disrupted when a young stranger enters, desperately searching for someone. Initially wary, the group extends an invitation, but as the night unfolds, tensions gradually rise, unveiling concealed motives and transforming their once-welcoming atmosphere into a breeding ground for violence.

  • rajesh karthy
  • rajesh karthy
  • Dr jaseera c m
  • Jijo k mathew
    Key Cast
  • anoop mohandas
    Key Cast
  • kannanunni a
    Key Cast
  • sreekrishnan k p
    Key Cast
  • gopee mohan
    Key Cast
  • arun bose
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    ഒരു സാധാരണ മരണം
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    27 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    9,458 USD
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  • International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala
    World premiere
    Official Selection, Competition Section
Director Biography - rajesh karthy

Rajesh Karthy did his graduation in BSc Mathematics from the University of Calicut. He works as a writer, designer, and director in performance art, Digital Art and filmmaking. As production Designer he contributed for the films ‘Chitrasoothram’ (Image threads), and documentary ‘Visha Paravam’. His first directorial venture in film is ‘A Normal Death’.

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Director Statement

“He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.” ― Jean-Luc Godard.

Robert Sapolsky in his book Behave quotes Robert Benchley “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people, and those who do not.” and then Sapolsky adds to it. “There are more of the first”. Through the film ‘A Normal Death’ we try to address the idea of ‘Otherness’ in the contemporary Indian psyche.

The film ‘A Normal Death’ is conceived as an unending flow of conversations and exchanges. On the visual side, camera operates as a mere recording machine, documenting a group of regular clients in a bar counter. As Jean-Luc Godard once observed that every fictional film is a documentary of its actors. Here we try to document the actors in segments and try to edit it in to a fiction. The Actors themselves becomes the writers of their dialogues. I believe as Robert Bresson defined the Director: "The point is not to direct someone, but to direct oneself."