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Streaming April 28-May 1st, 2023
On Filmocracy


New Zealand I 11 mins I Drama I 2022 I Tamil, English

 w/ English subtitles

'Best Short Film' & 'NZ’s Best Audience Award' - New Zealand Int'l Film Festival

'Creative New Zealand Emerging Talent Award' - Director Bala Murali Shingade


A recent immigrant from Sri Lanka, 56-year-old Perianayaki’s days always begin at her dead-end job stacking shelves at the local supermarket. As a result of her inability to speak English, she struggles to fit in and build meaningful relationships.Today, on her wedding anniversary, Perianayaki is forced to reconcile with the bittersweet realities of her life.

Perianayaki is a slice of life character study that provokes audiences to pause, take notice, and rethink their assumptions about immigrants, particularly those in the service industry who are often rendered invisible.

About the Artist

Bala Murali Director

Since graduating from the University of Auckland in 2018 with an MA in Screen Production, Bala Murali Shingade has been working as a writer, director and actor for screen and theatre.

For his MA thesis film, Bala was awarded the Geoff Evans Prize for Screen Excellence. In 2019, he wrote, directed, and edited 800 LUNCHES, a short film commissioned and funded by the Outlook for Someday.

In 2020, Bala was one of six recipients of the Arts Foundation’s Springboard award, which recognizes emerging artists with outstanding potential.

PERIYANAYAKI is Bala’s second short film, funded throughScript To Screen and NZFC’s competitive Fresh Shorts program.


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Director:                    Bala Murali Shingade

Screenwriter:            Shreya Gejji


Producer(s):              Shreya Gejji

Exec: Producer:       Shuchi Kothari



Featured Cast:        Jeyagowri Sivakumaran

DOP:                        Tim Flower

Editor:                      Shailesh Prajapati

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