Shanthi (Bairavi Manoharan)
"Shanthi (Bairavi Manoharan)," Blood, directed by Vathana Suganya Suppiah, 2023, (Tribeca Film Festival)

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Film Summary

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It’s Lani’s special day, and Shanthi wants to be there for her, but she is bleeding. By many, from Ranji and Mariai, she is considered unclean to participate in the ceremony for Lani until tradition gives way to understanding.

Character Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.

Lani

Lani (Shruthi Yasothan)
“Lani (Shruthi Yasothan),” Blood, directed by Vathana Suganya Suppiah, 2023, (Tribeca Film Festival)

It’s a special day for Lani, one of the newest members of her family to come of age, and while not necessarily nervous, she does recognize the importance of the occasion.

Shanthi

Married but without children, Shanthi is a bit of a black sheep in her family. Still welcomed to functions but gossiped about terribly.

Ranji

Ranji is Shanthi’s Amma.

Mariai

Mariai is Shanthi’s Ammamma, the main one gossiping about her, per Lani.

Review

Our Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)

Highlights

Honoring Tradition, Yet Recognizing As Much As It Brings People Together, It Can Get In The Way

For nearly all cultures, traditions and events bond their people but also allow for some form of ostracization. It can be something as simple as not dressing nice enough to who your partner is and how you live your life. In the case of “Blood,” it is the assumption that Shanthi is having her period, which is treated as something dirty, despite all the women there, likely, having their period at least once.

Yet, despite that, you can see a growing belief that Shanthi should go home until the truth comes out.

General Information

Director(s) Vathana Suganya Suppiah
Screenplay By Vathana Suganya Suppiah
Based On N/A
Date Released (Film Festival – Tribeca At Home) June 19, 2023
Genre(s) Drama
Film Length 10 Minutes
Content Rating Not Rated
Noted Characters and Cast
Shanthi Bairavi Manoharan
Lani Shruthi Yasothan
Ranji Neelam Bakshi
Mariai Taru Devani

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FAQs

What Is “Blood” Rated And Why?

“Blood” is not rated but does have the depiction of blood

Where Can I Watch “Blood?”

Tribeca At Home until July 2, 2023

Shanthi (Bairavi Manoharan)
Blood (2023) – Movie Review and Summary (with Spoilers)
Overall
"Blood" triggers the need for exploration regarding Tamil customs, how they see menstrual cycles, and why for a celebration that seems to be about womanhood, one of the most shared experiences remains something seen as unclean?
Highlights
Honoring Tradition, Yet Recognizing As Much As It Brings People Together, It Can Get In The Way
Disputable
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