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A nun forays into feature film making in Malayalam 

Cinema was not exactly Sr Jiya’s field of expertise. She never learnt the craft of film making, didn’t plan to be associated with the industry or even bothered to spend much time watching films. Yet here she is… as the writer-director of a full-length Malayalam feature film.

‘Ente Vellithooval’, the two-and-a-half hour long film which is all set to hit the screens, stands proof of Sr Jiya’s immense dedication and relentless hard work for over a year. The nun, who hails from Palakkad, is a member of the Medical Sisters of St Joseph (MSJ) order and the in-charge of the lab at St Sebastian’s Hospital in Cherupuzha,

It all started when the Catholic Church observed 2015 as the Year for Consecrated Life. Sr Jiya wanted to make a short film on the people in the service of the church. She brushed up a story that she had written years ago and developed a screenplay with the help of some friends.

Sr Jiya got her work approved by her superiors in the church. Actress Sarayu was roped in to play the lead role of Sr Merina. The shoot started with the blessings of the Thalassery archbishop Mar George Njeralakkatt.

‘Ente Vellithooval’ is not about church or faith but deals with the love for children. The film was made on a budget of around Rs 4 million. Sr Jiya raised the money with the help of family and friends, while the church also chipped in with a significant contribution towards to end to help her finish the project. She is unsure whether they fill find enough theatres to release the film but, if not, she hopes to show the film through churches. 

Sr Jiya, who likes writing poems and stories, said a lot of people had tried to dissuade and demotivate her throughout but she was determined to finish what she started. She says she learned a lot of new things and feels is now ready to make another film.



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4 Responses to A nun forays into feature film making in Malayalam


    dear sr jiya congratulations we are very happy to see that a nun dared to do this best of luck for the next one catholic women from delhi catholic archdiocese MrsTessy Antony may the Mother of Christ our role modle guide and help you

  2. Sr.Daisy sal

    Sr.Jiya, Congrats. I appreciate your initiative to spread the Kingdom of God. Longing to see the film. God bless you. Sr.daisy SAL

  3. Fr. Lasantha de Abrew sj

    Congrats! Dear Sister

    Greetings all the way from Sri Lanka!

    Very happy to note the creative initiative of Sister and her great enthusiasm

    God Bless!

    Keep up the good work to spread the message of Jesus

    Prayers assured
    Fr. Lsantha de Abrew sj

  4. Simon Kuruk (Dr)

    What an achievement ! Hats off to this Sister a time where the washing of the feet of women on Maundy Thursday is not to the liking of some, this nun has shown that the Church is open and more broadminded than its critics think! Kudos to the Medical mission Sisters and to the Church authorities who stood behind this “creative nun”..May God inspire her to produce more such films while blessing the present one with success!

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