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DAIVATHINTE SWANTHAM CLEETUS <span>(2013)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 122

Release dates 20/09/2013

BBFCInsight Contains moderate violence and infrequent gory scenes

Genre(s) Drama, Comedy

Director(s) G. Marthandan

Cast includes Mammootty, Honey Rose, Aju Varghese, Rejith Menon, Sanam Shetty, Siddique, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Thesni Khan, Smitha Samuel, Mini Arun

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 10/09/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

DAIVATHINTE SWANTHAM CLEETUS is a Malayalam language drama about an ex-convict who is cast as Jesus Christ in a play, and whose life begins to reflect his stage role. It is rated 12A for moderate violence and infrequent gory images.

There are some fighting scenes in which blows, punches and flying kicks are delivered. These scenes are hyper-real, loud, stylised and mostly bloodless. There is also a scene in which a man is slashed with a sword and his clothes become bloodied, with only limited injury detail visible. In another scene, the ex-convict appears portrays Jesus and is repeatedly whipped before nails are driven into his hands and he is crucified. His back and robes are bloodied and there is brief sight of blood spurts as the nails are driven in. However, this clearly occurs in the context of the staging of a play, with cutaways showing the audience watching the on stage action. This significantly reduces the sense of realism and impact, particularly given the well-known nature of the images in question. There is also a scene in which a man attacks the actor and repeatedly stabs him in the chest with a spear. There is brief sight of a bloody chest wound, but the scene contains limited detail.

DAIVATHINTE SWANTHAM CLEETUS also includes an implied rape scene in which a man approaches a frightened woman, and subsequently explains that the woman gave birth to his child after the attack. There is no detail and the man is clearly remorseful and repentant when he tells a priest about the assault. There are also scenes showing men drinking and smoking, but which do not glamorise or promote the activity. The film contains some mild sex references and unidentifiable bleeped bad language.

No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video or DVD.


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