Elektra is a 2010 Malayalam psychological drama film co-written and directed by Shyamaprasad, starring Nayantara, Manisha Koirala, Prakash Raj, Biju Menon and Skanda Ashok. It was produced by N. B. Vindhyan, who also produced Shyamaprasad’s Ore Kadal.
The film is based on the story of the Greek mythological character Electra, although it has a contemporary setting in an aristocratic family in Kerala. It draws strongly on four adaptations of the myth: Electra by Sophocles, Electra by Euripides, Oresteia by Aeschylus and Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O’Neill. Key to the film is the concept of the Electra complex; a daughter’s psychosexual competition with her mother for her father’s affection. A rueful journey into the bruised familial bonds of an aristocratic household in Central Kerala, the film explores desire and loss. The film premiered at the International Film Festival of India in November 2010.
Elektra (Nayantara) lives in a world torn between passion and fixation. She is so possessive of her father Abraham (Prakash Raj), that when he returns home from his plantation in Jaffna, she plans to poison his mind about his wife Diana (Manisha Koirala) having an affair with Isaac (also played by Prakash Raj).
When Abraham arrives, he is at first unaware of the impending drama. However, by the dawn of the following day, he is dead. Consumed with rage and grief, Elektra blames her mother for the death, and seeks vengeance. When Elektra’s brother, Edwin (Skanda Ashok) – who is plagued by an Oedipus complex – arrives for the funeral, Elektra tells him about their mother’s alleged affair.
In the midst of the scandal, Elektra turns to police officer Peter (Biju Menon), who is in love with her, as a source of calm and sanity. But Elektra and Edwin end up destroying each other, trapped by forbidden desires. Diana is brutally victimised.