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Elder One (The)

Country: India, Language: Hindi, 125 mins

Original Title

  • Director: Geethu Mohandas; S. Vinod Kumar
  • Writer: Geethu Mohandas; Anurag Kashyap; Sreeja Sreedharan
  • Producer: Anurag Kashyap; Alan Mcalex; Ajay Rai

CGiii Comment

Acclaimed new film The Elder One audaciously blends social realism and magic realism; sexuality and gender identity; gay romance and crime-thriller, to startling effect.

The disappearance of Mulla’s older brother, Akbar (a stunning performance by Nivin Pauly), looms large over life in beautiful Lakshadweep. Braving the seas to find him, young Mulla’s journey is almost over before it’s begun. After escaping from an orphanage, he’s thrust onto the harsh streets of Mumbai only to be abducted by the minions of a drug-addicted gangster, Bhai.

In the past, we see Akbar’s life as a fisherman on the island; a place of stunning natural beauty but stifling social conservatism. During a ritual dance performance, Akbar catches the eye of Aamar (Roshan Mathew), a mute islander on the verge of an arranged marriage. A tender but forbidden love affair unfolds between the two men, challenging their assumptions about the future.


Cast & Characters

Nivin Pauly as Akbar / Bhai
Shashank Arora as Salim
Sanjana Dipu as Mulla
Sobhita Dhulipala as Rosy
Roshan Mathew as Ameer
Dileesh Pothan as Moosa
Harish Khanna as Karim
Melissa Raju Thomas as Aamina
Sujith Sankar as Latheef