"KADALI" is a heart-wrenching exploration of the consequences of a husband and father's negligence and addiction. Meet our protagonist, a man who, in a fateful moment of carelessness, loses his wife in a tragic car accident caused by his own drunken driving. The weight of his grief becomes unbearable, pushing him towards drugs and alcohol as a means of escape from his reality.

One day, under the influence of these substances, he immerses himself in a book titled "The Black Waters," a story of survival against all odds. But as he reads, reality and fiction begin to blur, and he becomes convinced that he is the story's protagonist. In his altered state of mind, he tragically harms his own son, mistakenly believing that he must reenact the survivor's story, which includes a scene of killing a shark.

Throughout his journey, the haunting song "Nanati Brathuku" serves as a constant reminder that our lives are guided by forces beyond our control. "KADALI" serves as a powerful cautionary tale, illustrating that the destruction caused by negligence and the refusal to face one's inner demons can be more devastating than any addiction.

As the husband and father grapples with his actions, lacking remorse or 'PASHCHATHAPAM,' he faces a harrowing reckoning that leads to his own demise. Readers are left contemplating whether this is a divine act of punishment or merely the inescapable result of his choices.

"KADALI" delves deep into the themes of guilt, addiction, and the far-reaching consequences of negligence, encouraging us all to consider the profound impact of our decisions on our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

  • Vivekananda Koti
  • Vivekananda Koti
  • Sravan Kumar
  • Venugopal Koti
    Key Cast
  • Vishanth Koti
    Key Cast
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    15 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 11, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    60 USD
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    Iphone 4K
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    2.39 : 1
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Director Biography - Vivekananda Koti

"I am Koti Vivekananda, a final-year B.Tech student with a deep passion for filmmaking. As I complete my engineering degree, I am also nurturing my love for storytelling, particularly in the realms of Fantasy and Mystery. Whether it's a feature film or a short film, I believe in the power of storytelling to transport audiences to magical worlds and captivate their imaginations. For me, the length of a story is less important than its ability to engage and captivate.

Though my future may involve a software job, my heart lies in creating short films that serve as a bridge to bring my larger-than-life stories to the screen. I hail from the dynamic city of Hyderabad, where I draw inspiration from my family. My father's career as a graphic designer has instilled in me a deep appreciation for visuals and creativity, while my mother's role as a Telugu teacher has nurtured my love for language and storytelling.

My journey is all about pursuing my dreams in the world of cinema. I aspire to use my short films as a platform to connect with producers and eventually share my grand, captivating stories with audiences on the silver screen. Keep an eye out for me, as I'm determined to make a meaningful impact in the world of filmmaking."

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"At its core, cinema is about captivating our senses, telling a compelling story, and making a lasting impression through the art of visuals, sound, and storytelling."