Kadvi Hawa Film Review: Winds of Hopelessness

| November 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

As of today on the release of Kadvi Hawa, an average 8 farmers have committed suicide in last ten months in Maharashtra after the loan waiver of approx 34K crore was announced by the State Government.

This plight of farming community carries a baggage of reasons and is not confined to Maharashtra alone.

Amongst the prominent reasons are crop failures and farming cost being higher than the prices for their produce in the market.

Kadvi Hawa depicts one such scenario in the barrenness of a fictional village Mahua somewhere in the Chambal ravines.

The very landscape screams of the hopelessness all around.Its intensity accentuated by the blindness of the protagonist, who now can feel the deterioration and degradation in the climate as well as the moral fabric instead of watching it.

When his school going granddaughter asks how he gets to know what is happening, he replies :Hawa. It succinctly symbolises winds of change as well as what’s in the air.

Sanjay Mishra is worried about the crop loan his son Bhupesh Singh has taken from a Gramin Bank. He is unemployed and unable to repay.

This inability to pay off has as such led to many suicides. Sanjay Mishra fears his son may also go that way.

To salvage the situation he makes a deal with a loan recovery agent Ranvir Shorey who is labelled as Yam Raj by the farmers for his ruthless and pressurising ways to recover the dues.

Ranvir Shorey has his own demons to confront as he efficiently goes about his job of a recovery agent.

The deal, the bond between Sanjay Mishra and Ranvir Shorey forms the crux of the story that in its revelation throws up issues of climate change where some parts of the country have just two seasons- summer and winter instead of traditional four.

Rains have stopped its annual visits.Then there are places where extreme rains,cyclones are causing different kind of calamity. But the end result is the same. Poor amongst the population are worst hit.

As per World Bank report quoted in the movie, by 2030 ten million more people in India will slide down the poverty line due to the climatic upheavals.

Writer-director Nila Madhab Panda’s detailing of the milieu in the barrenness is remarkable.He also fleshes out the characters with authenticity.

The film essentially belongs to Sanjay Mishra. His desire,desperation,resourcefulness and moral dilemma to see his son coming out of the debt trap,is a masterclass in acting.

Ranvir Shorey is no Kanhaiya Lal (of Mother India),and he not be as he brings gravitas and realism to his role.

Able support has been lent by other characters notably Tillotma Shome and Bhupesh Singh.

The movie holds a mirror to the society that is being exhorted to march towards Digital India, overlooking the vast expanse of rural India where there are no roads,electricity,water,cooking gas,not a whiff of relief from relentless exploitation even after seventy years of independence.

It reminds us that loan sharks, greedy money lenders have not ended with Mother India and Do Bigha Zameen.They just have changed their nomenclature and taken a corporate,banking identity.

Climate changes have not impacted the crops and farming community alone. It also symbolises the fraying of moral fibre and corruption of ethics in the society. Its nature’s way of hitting back.Its payback time.A bitter pill to swallow. As they say if you sow wind, you will reap whirlwind.

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Dhieraj Mohan is Hindi cinema’s keen observer. With earnest interest in its dynamics and constantly changing milieu he revels in dwelling on the discrepancies, idiosyncrasies,contradictions,masala and the formula that defines Bollywood.He is a poet and a screenwriter too,who simply adores Hindi cinema’s chameleon like traits.

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