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Karma Cartel (2014)

A multi-award winning, avant-garde Indian Indie set In a southern city of India, following a reporters search for a missing actor, leads to revelation of multiple lives connected to it through greed and bad choices.


Vinod Bharathan


Vinod Bharathan (story)
2 wins. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Sabumon Abdusamad ... Luttu
Madan Babu Madan Babu ... Producer
Joseph Chakola Joseph Chakola
Arjun Chemparathy Arjun Chemparathy ... Arjun
Franko Davis Franko Davis ... Ex-Gangster
Vinay Forrt ... Sidth
Rohini Idicula Rohini Idicula ... Anita
Troju Jacob Troju Jacob ... Chief Surgeon
Jinu Joseph ... Indie director
Roopesh K.V. Roopesh K.V. ... Dr. Rupesh Nandu
Rishi Karthik Rishi Karthik ... Book Salesman
Tony Luke ... Tony
Lukmance Modeling Lukmance Modeling ... Casting Director
Abhilash P.G Abhilash P.G ... Thomas P (A.C.P.)
Ronedavid Raj Ronedavid Raj ... Roy


In a southern city of India, a reporters search for a missing actor, leads to revelation of multiple lives connected to it through greed and bad choices. The three last days before the incident follows the struggling actor, an ambitious filmmaker, a wannabe hustler, an opportunist, a lover and two cinephile thugs, through an inter-twining vignette of their lives. Written by Fookdat

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When one goes missing, the others start sweating.



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Malayalam | English

Release Date:

14 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Cochin, Kerala, India


Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (MiniDV)| Color
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Did You Know?


Vinod decided to shoot the film on HDV cam to give the film a documentary feel to it. See more »


Arjun: If you do ordinary things in your life, you will only be rewarded with an ordinary life.
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To Free Self
Written by Adi Sharma
Courtesy Absys Records
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Karma Cartel is not just another film, it is an experience
24 November 2013 | by LondonBobUkSee all my reviews

Karma Cartel I was privileged to be part of a private screening of Karma Cartel in October 2013 in London. Since then, the film has had private screenings in Kochi - India, both among the arts community and film industry professionals. What struck me most, and I say this from a perspective of an individual that does not watch a lot of Indian films as I believe it is formulaic, repetitive and catered to mass market business. So is Hollywood for that matter but less repetitive. When I do watch films, I look for certain elements that strike my personal tastes. Vinod Bharathan has managed to do just that. I found his short films very raw and direct. This was a theme I noticed in his recent Karma series of films. First Karma Code, then Karma Currency and now his full length feature Karma Cartel. In each of these films, Vinod Bharathan has managed to keep a simple story engaging, evenly paced and the characters real. The sourcing of the background music tracks and it's use within the film at different segments adds to the pace and engagement. Brilliant piece of film making! The characters are simple, real and yet interesting for the viewer to come away from the film thinking ' what if I was in that situation?' This is what kept my attention. The actors in this film have done a magnificent job of portraying the characters and most importantly, keeping it real. The scenes are shot in wide angle and the interaction between the characters give you the impression that they are right there in front of you in the same room! The story takes you on a ride, motoring along on the back of some brilliantly chosen underground Asian music. And so I wish him all the luck in achieving his dream of bringing this particular genre of film to the Indian film market. Karma Cartel is not just another film, it is an experience. Hence, this note of support, for a brilliant film maker who fights the odds and battles convention.

LondonBobUk A person who does not watch a gazillion films a year.

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