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Sanjai Velayudhan


REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD. THE SPIRITS DID NOT FORGET. VENGEANCE HAS BEEN LONG DUE. Dressed in ornate headgears and colourful intricate make-up, the Theyyam performers take centre-stage in the sleepy district of Kannur in Kerala. As the performers leap in the air and perform an aggressive dance, they enter a state of trance and turn into ‘gods’. The onlookers look transfixed. It is an experience so fantastic that Maria could not have asked for more. On a trip to India to do a thesis on Theyyam, a ritual form of spirit worship, the research scholar from the United States forges an intimate bond with Krish, who acts as her local guide. Together, they explore the mystic world of spirits, serpent-gods and forbidden secrets. But unknown to them, a grand plan is being executed in which they are nothing but mere pawns. As curiosity gets the better of her, Maria unfortunately must pay the price. For when the evil spirit is stirred, there is no escaping its wrath. The prophecy will come true. ...

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