The Tunnel (Mithun Chandran) India

The Tunnel
Mithun Chandran
India. 2021. 24 min

Surangas are man-made tunnels cut into hill slopes to extract groundwater, commonly found in northern Kerala. The film centers around two brothers who have recently arrived at a village for work as suranga diggers. A while later, an old man and a boy arrive to work at a stone pit. But none of these people are who they claim to be. What are their secrets?
What connects them? With the water they bring, surangas are meant to be life-givers. But can they also bring death to some? Reminiscent of classic Westerns, ‘Suranga’ crisply narrates a gripping tale of crime and punishment.


Mithun Chandran began his career as a software engineer in the IT industry after his B-Tech graduation. Later in 2014 he left his job and started following his passion, directed the short film ‘Thavidupodi Jeevitham’ which was highly appreciated. He continued his journey by joining Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata for PG in Direction & Screenplay Writing. As part of his academics project, directed the short movie Bhoomi , documentary Pilandi and diploma film Suranga.