In the teaser for Kiran Sripuram’s Mela, a woman uses her long braid to slice a rope that is tied to a boulder on which she is seated. The action sets into motion a chain of events revealing a dark side of the landscape.

One by one, corpses rise from the ground and hang from the tree in front of the woman. She grabs a drum and begins beating it furiously while approaching the tree. Her face and identity remain a secret.

Sai Dhansika makes her debut in Telugu cinema with Mela, which will also be released in Tamil. At an event, the actor had said that her role “has many dimensions and her character has two-three names”.

Produced by Santosh K Konka, the film also stars Surya Tej.

Mela (2018).