Winner at a number of Film Festivals, Kadvi Hawa is a drama film set around climate change that shows the plight of farmers in many ways. The film stars Sanjay Mishra in the lead along with Ranveer Shorey.
Winner at a number of Film Festivals, Kadvi Hawa is a drama film set around climate change that shows the plight of farmers in many ways. The film stars Sanjay Mishra in the lead along with Ranveer Shorey. less
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It hasn’t been too many days since the Capital city of India, Delhi, was under the grip of deadly smog. With the PM 2.5 levels rising beyond the largest calibrated scale in some areas, it won’t be an exaggeration to say that one of the most populated cities in the nation was breathing poison. Since it concerned the Capital city, news channels definitely focused on it and the entire nation was worried about the situation.
But despite repeated reports, what we constantly seem to ignore is the problems that today’s farmers are facing. In fact, so many of us would not know that almost 3 lakh farmers from all over the world protested on the streets of Delhi just yesterday. Or that farmers from Tamil Nadu were demonstrating with dead rats and skull, or that Rajasthan farmers were beaten up for protesting! What are they protesting against- you might ask. Well, thanks to the damage that we have done to ourselves and to nature, everything has become erratic. There are long spells of drought and then suddenly there is a flood. But since those are the things that affect the lower and lower middle class, most of us choose to stay aloof.
It is this exact mirror that Nila Madhab Panda holds to the society at large with his film Kadvi Hawa. The film is targeted for the urban and semi-urban population, who are not acquainted with the gravity of the situation.
The film poignantly tells the story of a blind old man in Mahua, Hedu (Sanjay Mishra), who wants to save his son from his loans by all means. The region hasn’t seen rain for the past 15 years and there is no way that the farmers are able to repay their loans. As a result, it only gets multiplied by the interest and continues for generations, leaving only one option for the helpless farmers- suicide. He chooses to help Gunu Babu (Ranveer Shorey) recover the loans from others with one condition, that the loan of his son Mukund’s would be waived. Gunu Babu, who the villagers call ‘Yam Doot’, has his own story to tell. His family stays in a small village in Odisha and all their houses have been demolished by the constant cyclones and sea level rise.
The narrative intertwines the two stories for a little over one and a half hours to show how these people, who live right out in the nature are gravely affected by what is being done by those up in the hierarchy. They face the wrath of Nature the worse even though they contribute very little towards disturbing the setup!
The story is simple and the narrative progresses in a very linear manner. But by the end of the film, you could feel a lump in your throat at the predicament of these people. Nila Madhab Panda, who is both the writer and the director of the film has always given us films that has the capacity to move. He follows his uncomplicated storytelling technique and yet again delivers a very touching story. Much like I Am Kalam to Jalpari to the film preceding Kadvi Hawa, Kaun Kitne Paani Mein, he yet again does not fail to impress the audience with his brilliant direction.
What makes the story hit you with such impact is the talented bunch of actors. Sanjay Misra clearly steals the show in this one. He is a treat to watch. Not just his mannerisms but the way he conveys his emotions will touch you to the core. He is at his best in the film and it will make you wonder why we do not see him even more in mainstream films!
The other actor to look out for here is Ranvir Shorey. He plays the tough and heartless Gunu Babu but he is ready to take all curses upon himself to secure the future of his family. He is emotional from inside but he has to maintain the tough exterior. The supporting roles by Bhupesh Singh and Tillotama Shome are equally perfect.
There is one song in the entire film and it has the power to stir you from inside. Banjar will stay with you throughout the film. It is a terrific job lyricist Mukta Bhatt, Composer Santosh Jagdale and singer Mohan Kannan. The most outstanding impact was the end credits that rolled out with Gulzar’s poem Mausam Beghar Hone Laga Hai in his own heavy voice. This will send shivers down your spine.
The film overall is definitely a must watch. It should be watched, not as an entertainer but something that will enlighten you and bring you face to face with the gravity of a situation that we, the upper middle class and middle class very conveniently avoids.