Satish Menon is an independent filmmaker based in Chicago. He has graduated with a Masters in Environmental Engineering. He has directed four short fiction films and one documentary. Bhavam is his first full-length feature film.
Bhavam - 2002
Bhavam is a metaphorical work that shows the general degradation of the society, which has grown highly consumerist as the effect of globalisation, through the moral degradation of the central character of the film.
Joy, a journalist, and his wife, Lata, a college lecturer live with Joy's aunt and her middle aged bachelor son Matthew amid the tranquil surroundings of a coastal village. Joy is very passionate towards Lata and his priority is her happiness and in this setup enters Lata's elder sister Subadra who had lost both her husband and her home in a seemingly accidental fire. As the couple moves into a new house, Lata invites Subhadra to stay with them during Lata's pregnancy.
Joy, who is easily swayed by a culture of want and desires, develops a carnal desire for Subadra, and the resulting intellectual and emotional divide between the couple precipitates in gradual disintegration of the marriage which inevitably results in degradation and chaos.
Direction & Screenplay: Satish Menon