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Kadvi Hawa: A tale of Climate Change

By Hemant Pande

November 2017

KalingaTV News Network

Bhubaneswar:  Nila Madhab Panda’s ‘Kadvi Hawa’, which released on November 24, encouraged the audiences to think seriously about the climate change and take measures to address the issue on a war footing at all levels.

Set in a village in Bundelkhand, which hasn’t seen rain in the last 15 years, ‘Kadvi Hawa’ is the story of Hedu and Gunu Babu. Hedu, played by Sanjai Mishra, is old and blind and is living under the fear that his farmer son Mukund, essayed by Bhupesh Singh, might commit suicide in the face of back-breaking debt.

On the other hand, Gunu Babu (Ranvir Shorey), a loan recovery agent who hails from Kendrapara area of Odisha, is going all out to recover the loan so that he could quickly take his family out of an area that is prone to cyclones.

However, Gunu Babu is referred as Yamdoot, the ‘God of Death’, in the village and it’s believed that whenever he visits, at least 4-5 debt-ridden farmers commit suicide. “Tum jab bhi yahan aate ho 4-5 logo ki zindagi saath le ke jaate ho,” Sanjai tells Ranvir in a scene.

The director does not take recourse to over-dramatic means to convey the depth of despair that drives the two men enter into an unholy alliance to save their own families. The old man provides vital information about the farmers to help the loan recovery agent extract maximum money from them. In return, the commission Sanjai gets from Ranveer is credited to his son’s account.

The film traces whether the deal helps the protagonists in saving their families or it destroys them altogether.

Though ‘Kadvi Hawa’ is touted as a film on climate change, it also talks much about the agrarian crisis, insensitivity of the banking system and farmers’ suicide in drought and flood-hit areas of our country.