Nayana had assisted the late filmmaker Lenin Rajendran for nine years.

Young Malayalam filmmaker Nayana Sooryan passes away
Flix Obituary Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 18:20

Nayana Sooryan, nearly 30 years of age, who had assisted late filmmaker Lenin Rajendran for nine long years and directed a film in the anthology Crossroad, died on Saturday evening. Her body was brought from the Medical College to the Manaveeyam Lane in Thiruvananthapuram for public homage.

After her mentor filmmaker passed away just 40 days ago, Nayana was known to have been upset in the days that followed. It was her birthday and parents who could not reach her for hours on the phone had panicked. Friends called each other till one of them – Merin Mathew – went to Nayana’s apartment at 11 pm, to check on her. Merin and other friends found Nayana dead in her apartment in Althara, Thiruvananthapuram.

“More friends came in later and with the help of the owner we opened the apartment to find her lying in her room. We immediately took her to the Medical College, though it was too late. She has been dead for seven hours already, they said,” Merin says. The postmortem report has not yet come but it is believed that Nayana had been low on sugar. “There were previous episodes of suffering from low sugar. Her condition was very bad. But these days she was slowly coming back to normal,” Merin says.

Nayana had directed the segment Pakshikalude Maanam in the 2017 anthology film Crossroad, which celebrated womanhood and featured ten movies of women protagonists. The film featured Mythili as a bird watcher in search of a rare bird, Vijay Babu as her husband, Siddharth Siva and Chethan Jayalal. In an interview to Manorama News about the film she had said that she was addressing the question of where a woman’s freedom and security go, especially after marriage, forced or otherwise, when she has to drop her career dreams. In her life too, she had been under pressure, trying to balance film dreams and the wishes of society for a married life. Coming from a small town like Karunagappally, Nayana had to struggle hard to reach where she did, completing her graduation in philosophy from the University College and then joining films. She leaves behind her parents, brother and sister.

Also read: A man who refused to pander to the box-office: Remembering Lenin Rajendran

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