film detail

Movie Details
NYIFF > Films > Films Details
Los Angeles
Biriyaani- Flavours of Flesh
Show Time: June 4 - 20, 2021
Director: Sajin Babu
Run time: 01:36:03
Language: Malayalam (with English subtitles)
Year Made: 2020
Country: India

The movie chronicles the life of Khadeeja, a married Muslim woman confined within the four walls of the household, forced to conceal her desires in the name of religious and societal norms. When fate brings her to an abandoned life, she chooses a different way of financially and sexually liberating herself- to be a sex worker; soon to realize that her soul is still dissatisfied. Finding a new way of hope, she decides to give back to the forces that pushed her to live an orphaned life of humiliation and misery.


Director : Sajin Babu
Sajin Babu is a writer- director from Kerala, India. His inclination towards cinema began at a very early age. When he joined college, he began making campus films followed by docu-fiction, documentary, short films. His debut feature film titled “ Asthmayam Vare" (Unto the Dusk) made in 2014 was premiered in MAMI (Mumbai International film festival) won him numerous accolades including the Silver Pheasant, certificate of merit to promote at National & International Market at the 19th International Film festival of Kerala 2014, best feature film at Bangalore International Film Festival 2014 etc. The film was also screened at various film festivals across the country. His second feature “Ayaal Sassi" (Man with a coffin ) was made and released across Kerala in 2017. His latest movie "Biriyaani- Flavours of flesh" was screened at many prestigious festivals such as Moscow IFF, Asiatica in Italy and won several awards including NETPAC award for Best film at Asiatica, Jury Prize for best film in Bangalore IFF, Best film in Caleidoscope Indian International film festival, Boston etc. He has received awards such as National award, Kerala film critics award for Best debut director (2015), best screen play (2020), Padmarajan Puraskaram for best screen play etc.