Director Nirmal Baby Varghese won the best director award for his period documentary 'Thariode' in the documentary short category at the 7th Art Independent International Film Festival 2021 held at Thiruvananthapuram.
This documentary film based on the Wayanad gold rush, tells the history of gold mining in Thariode, one of the oldest cities of Malabar region. Film also charts the history of other gold mines of Malabar in the 19th century.
Film has already selected to Košice International Monthly Film Festival 2020 (Slovak Republic) and Lift-Off Global Network Sessions 2021 (England). Film also made it to the final in the best trailer category at the Košice International Monthly Film Festival.
Sanitha A T is the production designer and editing is done by Nirmal Baby. Final mixing is handled by Rajeev Viswambharan. V Nishad, Arun Kumar Panayal and Saran Kumar Bare are the associate directors. Voice over was done by Aliyar. Translation and subtitles were written by Nandalal R. Censor script was managed by C S Ajith.
Currently, Nirmal is working on the post-production of his feature film titled 'Vazhiye'. It is the first found-footage movie in Malayalam. All the actors are debutants and Hollywood music director Evan Evans is the composed songs for this film.