Filmmaker Nithin Lukose's directorial debut Paka (River of Blood) will have its world premiere at the Toronto International film festival. The film is selected for the Discovery category at the 46th Toronto Festival. The film received a world premiere. After Mutton and Jallikettu, Paka is a Malayalam film that was selected for Toronto.
The film is about the immigrant history of Wayanad and the age-old hatred. The shooting was done in Wayanad itself. Nithin Lucas says filming the history of his hometown Wayanad was a dream comes the true moment.
According to Nithin, the film tells the story of the feud between two families and two lovers trying to overcome it. He added that 90 percent of the people in the film were not actors and he was trying to find ordinary people.
I am delighted and honored to see my directorial debut, Paka at the 46th Toronto International Film Festival. I was fascinated by the stories and myths my grandmother told me when I was young. Paka is a manifestation of that fascination. The idea was to tell a universal story that can appeal to the global audience while keeping the film rooted in the cultural attributes I grew up in;" Nithin said.
Nithin Lukose's feature films Paka and Ritwik Pareek's Dug Dug are the two Indian films selected for the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF will be staged in a hybrid format this year, featuring both in-person and online screenings.