Kadwi Hawa is an Indian film released on 24th November, 2017. It’s a film based on climate change by filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda of “I am Kalam” and “Kaun Kitney Pani Mein” fame. The film stars Sanjai Mishra, Ranvir Shorey, Tillotama Shome and Bhupesh Singh in lead roles. The story is by Nila Madhab Panda and Nitin Dixit.
Cast: Sanjai Mishra, Ranvir Shorey, Tillotama Shome, Ram Naresh Diwakar, Bhupesh Singh
Director: Nila Madhab Panda
Running time: 1h 39m
And just so when we were saddened by the fact that senseless movies like “Judwaa 2” and “Golmaal Returns” end up becoming money-grossers or pseudo-spy movies like “Ek Tha Tiger” is such a roaring success that it encourages a sequel showing R&AW and the ISI joining hands to fight against ISIS and we begin to wonder what’s gotten into our filmmakers, we have Nila Madhab Panda who can come up with meaningful cinema and terrific performances.
After giving us “I am Kalam” and “Kaun Kitney Pani Mein” – both of which were offbeat cinema touching upon one or the other social problems, we have “Kadvi Hawa” from the master which brings out the subject of “climate change” with finesse.
How many movies do you remember where you are not even told the name of the protagonists of the movie and neither do you feel the need to know the same? In fact, in the whole film, the only name taken with relevance is that of Mukund, whose father is played by Sanjai Mishra.
A blind old man, Sanjai Mishra, is worried for Mukund, who is struggling to pay off a loan he has taken to beat the decline in economy due to the scarcity of rain in their region. Mishra, teams up with loan recovery officer in order to help his son Mukund, played by Bhupesh Singh. The loan officer, played by Ranvir Shorey is a man from Odisha who deliberately picks up difficult regions of recovery in hope of higher commission so that he can bring his family trapped in flood hit Odisha to stay with him in Uttar Pradesh where he is posted currently.
And, thus, we have a plot where the theme is seamlessly integrated connecting two regions – one which is drought hit, thus throwing its inhabitants into a cobweb of loans, principals and interests, while the other which is drowned in floods thus rendering it uninhabitable. And both the regions are victim of a drastic climate change brought about irresponsible consumption of natural resources by humans and fiddling with nature with methods like cloud seeding.
The characters are simpletons living in a small village of Mahua in Uttar Pradesh where a child is confused between the discrepancies in the number of seasons mentioned in his text book and those that he actually experiences. While his textbook says 4 seasons, he only knows about two seasons – hot weather and cold weather. Their lives are epitomes of sacrifices, compromises, adjustments and struggles.
The beauty of the film is not limited to its simple story and its tight affinity to the plot and the theme. But, it extends with the fact that the characters’ lives are shown with such finesse in small details that they tend to stay with you as an audience till you become a part of their life and before you realize, the story has moved forward.
The movie offers multiple perspectives of life, for example, Sanjai Mishra’s effective use of his sense of hearing and smell to compensate for his lost sight wherein, unable to see time, he actually lives outside the shackles of time. Or the fact that the rude, arrogant and insensitive Ranvir Shorey is actually a struggling man hidden within fighting with circumstances to reunite with his family, as he has lost his own father to a cyclone – a common occurrence in Kendrapara, his native village in Odisha. Mukund, the son, around whom the story revolves, speaks about his turmoil in life with his silence and lack of appetite. And Mukund’s wife, played by Tillotama Shome, passing a sarcastic self-taunt that she is the only one mad at home worried about the food of all, while no one bothers to eat.
Nila Madhab Panda’s genius is visible in the simple human need to be relevant depicted wonderfully in the film. Sanjai Mishra, being a blind and old man, feels vulnerable, irrelevant and useless and that’s when he decides to take up the task of easing his son’s loan pro-bono and when he finds a way to do it and finds himself useful in the game, feels like he got his life back. And he shares this happiness by chatting with his pet cow – so that no one knows, what he is up to.
The film takes your breath in small moments like these and the sudden delivery of the message, much like life, which does not give you a warning before teaching a lesson via experience, for example, the village wrought with suicides by men who are unable to provide for their families – an imminent cause of worry for any man.
All in all, a great effort by the team, especially the director in telling us about the perils of climate change if we do not take it seriously and choose to ignore the warnings. We all must watch this movie and give it the commercial success such movies deserve instead of making the Judwas and Tigers a hit and then crying that films lack creativity.
Original article posted at Merinews