South Asian Film Festival
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Sanjay Mishra gives one of his career-best performances in this sensitive yet pointed dramatization of climate change’s effects on a diverse cross-section of Indian society. In the Mahua region of Rajasthan, once known for flourishing farmlands, the ever-decreasing rainfall has left farmers without a crop to sell, and therefore with no money to repay their hefty bank loans. Hedu (Mishra), the father of one such farmer, fears his son’s misfortune will lead him to drastic action. He pays a visit to a notorious debt collection officer, known as the “god of death” for his vicious tactics, looking to strike a bargain. But the agreement they reach might offer solutions for some, and total ruin for others.
Director Nila Madhab Panda masterfully constructs a thrilling, sometimes humorous story that enlightens even as it plays more like great drama. Through the engaging performances of his skilled cast, he makes tangible the desperation caused by an ever more unpredictable environment, and pays close attention to the deception and betrayal some must resort to in order to survive in such a harsh climate.
India, 2017, 99 min, Directed by Nila Madhab Panda, Not Rated, In Hindi with English subtitles
“A compelling and darkly comical drama which is hard-hitting and above all, raw and real.”– Jithin K. Mohan, ASIAN FILM VAULT