Kadvi Hawa — A Wake-up Call For Us All
In the first scene, an old blind man travels all the way from his hut in his village to the bank in the nearest town. He first walks through a long stretch of the arid in his village, then boards a bus, then walks to the bank. Being blind, he doesn’t realize when day ends and darkness descends while he waits for his turn. He returns disappointed.
The movie is basically about the old man’s repeated attempts to take care of his son’s loan. His son, and many other villagers, are unable to repay the loan due to draught in their village. The old man eventually ends up making a deal with the money collector himself (known as God of Death by the villagers), to help his son finish his loan. His son remains oblivious to all this since the old man does this in secret.
The whole film deals with a bitter reality that farmers and other villagers suffer severely due to climate change. Even one season of draught can destroy many families by pushing everyone into impoverishment. The movie also nicely contrasts it with the other extreme that people in Odisha suffer from, i.e., too much of water from floods and cyclones.
The movie successfully shows the ugly outcome of what happens when we excessively tamper with nature. Nature fights back to destroy what is causing its imbalance. We must realize the damage we are causing by our excessive production of goods, excessive shopping, excessive traveling and as a result creation of excessive garbage. We may be okay in our AC rooms, AC cars and AC offices, with regular constant supply of food and other essentials but many out there who produce these essentials for us are the ones suffering due to our callousness.
The movie succeeds due to its simplicity. It only shows a story, and shows it really well without any preaching or messaging. Moreover, despite the protagonist being blind, he knows the bad situation due to climate change but the audience can see yet turns a blind eye to this critical change. While I do appreciate the whole team who made this movie, I especially appreciate the two veteran actors Sanjay Mishra and Ranvir Shorey to take up this project. Their performances further strengthens and deepens the impact of this movie.
My favorite scene: The classroom scene in which the teacher asks his students, how many seasons are there in a year. One student answers: two. The conversation that follows is both shocking and profound.
If we continue to hit the snooze button even now on the plight of nature, and as a consequence, on the plight of humans, doomsday will soon be just around the corner.
You can (and must) watch this movie on Zee5.