Vidhu Vincent‘s Manhole which was part of the recent edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2016) is now in the news for bagging 2 prestigious Kerala State Film Awards, Best Film as well as the Best Director awards. Produced by Vincent M.P, Manhole is written by Umesh Omanakuttan and has music by Sidhartha Pradeep. Saji Kumar is the DOP and Appu N.Bhattathiri is the editor.
Plot- Shalini is the daughter of Ayya Swami, manual scavenger, and Pappathi who is a housemaid. She tries to hide her caste background to avoid social exclusion among her friends in the school. She tries to pressure her father to give up the work he is doing, but fails as his vocational options are circumscribed by his caste identity. Her father’s death in an accident while he was working in the manhole reveals her identity to her friends. She finds it hard to face social antipathy towards her because of her family’s social and caste background. After the death of her father, the burden of running the family falls on her mother. Shalini also starts to work in the local super market as a shop floor assistant. She manages to pass the entrance exam to do a graduate course in Law. Her friend Marimuthu, also engaged in manual scavenging to support his studies, faces the same fate as her father while doing his final year. It shakes her faith in the course she has followed in life and she decides to fight against the no exit situation in which those engaged in scavenging are caught in.
Here’s the trailer of the film-