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Tide of Lies

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Tide of Lies[edit]

Tide of Lies (2019) is an English Feature film written directed and shot by Shemin Balachandran Nair. This film was primarily produced as an outcome of a practice based PhD the Filmmaker did at University of Central Lancashire on "Embedding Indian Transcendental Philosophy on Indian Filmmaking practices". The film is shot both in UK and India.


Maria, a young Asian Women adopted and raised by Caucasian Parents in the UK, is currently separated from her husband and also running a comic publishing company. Deep within she feels a sense of loss and unbelonging, and estranged from those around her. With a wounded sense of inferiority about her identity; which she disguises with a sheath of dominance, superiority and arrogance.

With a sense of tension mounting as she needs to publish a new comic based on a super woman who saves a city from a Tsunami, she feels she must choose between her work and family life as her Husband wants to return to the village he grew up in and take care of his family estate. The Films begins the day after her husband has left her and walked away from the house, the same day she aborts her early pregnancy.

She has an Indian maid Madhavi, who is an illegal immigrant. Though the maid works with intense care and perfection, her presence and efforts is often ignored. Eventually, Madhavi sacrifices her own life to rescue Maria from an accident during their travel for work. Being an illegal migrant, the police officers state there is no one by that name which exists in the country. Maria soon does some digging of her own and comes to know, Madhavi has a daughter Bhanu, back in Kerala, India and so makes the journey to India to let the family know what has happened but soon discovers upon her arrival and after many interactions with Bhanu, that she would like to adopt her instead and give her a better life. So, Maria hides the fact that she knows Bhanu's mother is dead.

Later when she witnesses the innocence and organic childhood Bhanu has, she changes her decision about adoption. But will Bhanu ever come to know that her mother is dead?

Upon Maria's return to the UK ready to publish her new comic, she drives to her ex husband, to return his belongings that he left behind and with an invitation for the new comic release. She eventually reveals that she had aborted their child and the actual reason why she wanted him to stay away.

With tensions in the air, Maria must decide how she uproots herself from the mistakes and events of her past in order to move forward with her life, unknowing whether her husband will forgive her and how Bhanu and her father will move on.


Priya Guns as Maria

Babli Sinoj as Madhavi

Bilas Nair as Madhusoodhanan

Tamana Sol as Bhanu

Glenn Guns as Michel

Manoj Siva as Navneet

Aiswarya Nath as Village Lady

Reena Mary as Teacher

Asha Devi as Headmistress

Christine Leathley as Mother

Kevin Winkley as Father

Sophia Talbot as Aunty Sophia

Timothy bamugemereire as Police Officer

Ranjana Ramesh as Police Officer

Chiko Chupar as Police Officer

Will Mwanjoka as Police Officer

Shine George as Office Staff

Shabana Ditta as office assistant

Emili Frances as receptionist

Dr. Dhanesh as Dhanesh

Akarsh as Hotel Staff

Kesavan Kutty as Priest

Pradeep as Tribel Leader

Unni as Driver

Ambika Tirunelveli as Mad woman

Biju Paul as Office staff


Story, Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography and Direction Shemin Balachandran Nair

Screenplay Editing and Dialogues: Divia Kannan

Producer C Balachandran Nair

Music: Noble Peter

Sound Recoding (India) Sound Design and Sound Edit Anuraj Ammunny

Sound Recording (UK) Mithun Rishan

Production Design Chakochen Pallattu

Colour Correction Tony Naduthadam

Graphic Design John Anil

Computers Graphics Vishu Raj

Chief Associate Director Smirin Sebastian

Chief Associate Cinematographer Jaison Chako Mathew


1.Best feature film (Student) -International film festival of Ahamadnagar

2. Best Screenplay - Buddha, Picasso, Einstein Film festival

3. Semi Finalist - Cinema Lab V2.0








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