Baaram (Eng: The Burden) is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language film written, directed and edited by Priya Krishnaswamy. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil, the only Tamil film to win at the 66th National Film Awards. It was released in Indian theatres on 21 February 2020.
Baaram premiered in November 2018 in the Indian Panorama section of the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa. It was also one of two Indian films nominated for the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal at the IFFI, Goa, 2018. The ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal is an international competition section of IFFI that is evaluated by a jury in Paris. Baaram later won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil, the only Tamil film to win at the 66th National Film Awards.
Karuppasamy, a widowed night watchman, lives with his sister and three nephews – Veera, Mani and Murugan – at a town in Tamil Nadu. One morning after returning from his shift, he breaks his hip in an accident. While his nephews want him to be treated in town, his son Senthil takes him to his ancestral village, to be healed by a traditional healer. Eight days later, Karuppasamy dies. His mysterious death gets Veera, an activist, suspicious.
Directed by Priya Krishnaswamy
Produced by Priya Krishnaswamy, Ardra Swaroop
Written by Priya Krishnaswamy, Rakav Mirdath
Cinematography Jayanth Sethu Mathavan
Edited by Priya Krishnaswamy
Production Reckless Roses
Release date November 2018 (IFFI) 21 February 2020 (India)
Running time 91 minutes