Speaking about the common themes that run as a thread through the films, the filmmaker said, “The three films follow the cycle of life, death and afterlife. All three films raise the question of what lies beyond; I want the audience to ponder these questions and find answers to them.”
Churuli, which has Chemban Vinod and Vinay Forrt in the lead, and also features Joju George, Soubin Shahir, Jaffar Idukki and Geethi Sangeetha in important roles, combines thriller, fantasy, sci-fi and horror into a film on existential crisis. The film, which was shot deep in the forests of Idukki, looks at the pursuit of an elusive criminal by two policemen, who in turn end up doing illegal things themselves.
“For me Churuli is a spiral labyrinth, where you enter and lose track, but this has existential questions like those in a religious text, such as the Bible,” said Lijo, of the film which was shot in 10 days. The director made it a point to shine a light on his crew for their work. He said that art director Gokuldas had not been appreciated for his work, because his sets looked very authentic to the place and looked like they were natural fixtures.
“Churuli is an edit film; there was a lot of jumbled up play in edit,” he said, pointing to the work of editor Deepu Joseph. Camera was by Madhu Neelakandan.