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Even though mankind itself is threatened with extinction because of climate change caused by humans rape of the environment it is not addressed in feature films especially in the Indian scenario. Amidst the larger than life glitz n glamour serious issues like environmental degradation and climate change are rarely addressed.
Climate change is much talked about but not fully comprehended by the lay person. However, in a world combating the adverse effects of climate change, it becomes essential to educate and sensitise the general public. And films have long been an effective tool.
That is why a film like KADVI HAWA makes you sit up and take notice. Writer-director Nila Madhab Panda’s latest work, on a poor family in a drought-stricken north Indian village, is filled with questions that strike at the heart of our understanding of humanity.
A blind old man, Sanjai Mishra, is worried for his son 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.
we have a plot where it connects 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.
Speaking about the film, Panda, known for his critically-acclaimed movie I Am Kalam, said, “I want to deal with climate change in a very conscious manner and I want people to feel that climate change is here and it is affecting all of us and not just the elite.”
As far as offering a solution through the medium is concerned, the 43-year-old director declared, “I am nobody to give solutions. All we can do is get conscious. Whatever you have done, you have done. You cannot undo that. All we can do is that not damage the environment anymore
While addressing the media, Panda, who himself hails from Odisha, one of the most drought-prone regions of the country, also threw light on the inception of the story. He revealed that the story idea struck him when he was shooting a documentary for Discovery Channel in 2005 in the state.
Kadvi Hawa could perhaps be seen as a morality tale, but it does not overtly preach. In a different time and place, Kadvi Hawa examines the same harsh truths, in a world that feels more comfortable with itself if it can view victims of wrongdoing as repositories of unshakable virtue. Juxtaposing two characters, two different geographies, communities and lives affected by changing winds and global warming, he simply asks us to face a bitter truth before its impact is irreversible.
The film ends tellingly with a message. Reciting a poem he has written on pollution for this one, Gulzar’s voiceover runs over the titles in the end. “…ye zameen darti hai insaanon se,” –. This land fears humans. Not governments, not politicians or industrialists alone, but humans as a whole.