Meet Kerala's sibling filmmakers Rahman Brothers who are living the indie dream

InterviewDirectors Rahman Brothers are behind ‘Vasanthi’ and ‘Chavittu’, two films which have won state awards in consecutive years.CrisSajas and Shinos RahmanUphill a bylane in Thiruvananthapuram, in a little hall called Lenin Balavadi, there...

Meet Kerala's sibling filmmakers Rahman Brothers who are living the indie dream
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPHILL a bylane in Thiruvananthapuram, in a little hall called Lenin Balavadi, there is a surprisingly good number of people to watch a couple of parallel films on a Sunday afternoon.
 
A little past 5, one of the films, Vasanthi, has just been screened, and among the folks scampering in and out of the hall are its two filmmakers, actor and organisers of the film show.
 
The filmmakers are two men – brothers Shinos and Sajas – known together as the Rahman Brothers, from Aluva. The brothers, along with Swasika who played their ‘Vasanthi’ and the organisers of the Banner Film Festival, screening the films, interact with an emotional audience, who, unlike in a regular movie house, come forward to say what touched them the most.
 
No one in the audience seems to be new to the kind of cinema Banner has been promoting – independent and experimental features that often don’t find space in a film theatre.
 
The Rahman brothers, seated in front of the viewers, introduce themselves like newcomers, even though they are three films old. The second screening that evening – Chavittu – is their newest, a film which won four state awards this year.
 
Award-winning appears to have become a habit for these siblings, who decided to combine their skills to make films they believed in.