Dry: The Days After

Dry chronicles the life of an alcoholic youth and how he struggles to find a job so as to sustain his lifestyle in the city. His mother's love and his goals seem lost when it comes to his affinity for the bottle. Based around the time when Kerala government had banned the sale of alcohol in the state, this movie shows his reciprocal behaviour and how he goes about in satiating his obsession. This movie further mirrors the current situations of the youth in Kerala with regards to their afflictions, job hunt experiences and other cultural fallacies.

  • Vishakh Punna
    Director
  • Vishakh Punna
    Writer
  • Niroup Gupta
    Producer
  • Vishakh Punna
    Producer
  • Roshan Mathews
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 41 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    45,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Language:
    Malayalam
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Vishakh Punna

Vishakh Punna hails from Vadakkangara town of Malappuram district in Kerala. After completing his graduation studies there, he pursued an editing course at Cochin Media School at Kochi. Thereafter, he worked for a year at Aiswarya Productions as the Editor. He worked for another year as the Programs manager at Pathanamthitta. He was the Asso, Director for 2 serials on Mazhavil Manorama channel. Soon, he got the opportunity to be part of the Editing team of the movie, 'Jigarthanda' in Tamil, which won the National Award for Best Editing that year. He has additionally directed many music videos and short features which have been adorned with numerous accolades too.

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Director Statement

This movie sheds a spotlight on the obsessive drinking culture prevalent in Kerala today. There is a substantial number of people who choose to live solely in their alcoholic stupor. This is especially evident in today’s youth and the people from monetarily lower strata. One can often find daily wage labourers at the liquor stores and bars (now Beer and Wine stores) who come every day after their work and cannot complete their day without the feel of their choice of liquor. I also wish to show how the law passed by the Kerala government to ban liquor affected such daily drinkers and how they found ways to combat it in their own ways. Through this movie, I further wish to highlight several afflictions that the young adult faces today. These issues range from difficulties in getting employment, even though the individual may be adequately qualified, how important English language is in today’s work culture. I have also shown the vulnerability of the youth at the hands of people who make vague promises in terms of various benefits in order to lure them and exploit their services. The characters are all realistic and the movie has been shot at original locations without any sets, in and around Kochi city.