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Miruthan

Canadian Premiere
  • India
  • 2016
  • 105 mins
  • DCP
  • Tamil / Hindi
  • English (subtitles)

“An absolute home run... Possibly the best Indian mainstream horror film, comedy or otherwise, of the last decade” - J Hurtado, TWITCHFILM


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Karthik is a traffic cop living a quiet existence. Being the sole provider for his little sister, he makes sure not to take any risks, to lead a life free of danger, even if it affects his love life. Charming Dre Ranuka is completely oblivious to the fact that he’s completely in love with her. However, his well-ordered life suddenly becomes messy when his sister mysteriously disappears. Furthermore, everyone around him seems to have caught a virus that makes them ultra-aggressive and thirsty for blood. With the help of his friend Malai, Karthik searches the city for his missing sister. He runs into Dre Renuka, who believes to have found a cure to the incomprehensible contagion. In order to complete her research, however, they need to reach neighbouring town Coimbatore, where they’ll be able to create a vaccine and stop the infection from spreading...

Indian cinema is internationally renowned for its colourful musicals, comedies and even its action films, but what it’s not known for are its horror films, even less so zombie pictures. In fact, MIRUTHAN is the very first Tamil horror movie. Deftly directed by Shakti Soundar Rajan, it’s all one could expect from a living-dead flick, but with a little Indian touch. The filmmaker uses conventions from the genre’s various eras to create his own little cinematic universe, blending the rapidity and agility of the zombies from 28 DAYS LATER with the humour and narrative intrigue of ’80s classics like RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and BIO-ZOMBIE. It’s a combination that works wonders. Having taken a huge risk, the producers have clearly won their bet by creating a picture that will leave a huge mark on the zombie film universe. MIRUTHAN is intense, funny and without a dull moment. To the audience’s delight, Rajan takes a big bite out of the genre!

— Éric S. Boisvert

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