Kadvi Hawa is a sweet and bitter tale which needs attention and applaud
Direction: Nila Panda
Screenplay: Nitin Dixit, Nika Madhab Panda
Kadvi Hawa is a harsh reality of a different India and the farmers who worship the nature. Farmers are the servants of this nature. What if servants face the bad outcome of human’s modernisation?
The film marks some questions through its storyline which is set in the drought-stricken village in Madhya Pradesh. The story moves ahead and leaves a mark on India’s poverty, Indian farmers, government apathy, weak system and the climate change.
Kadvi Hawa narrates the inner thought process with its lead character Hedu (Sanjay Mishra) who is blind but understands what human is doing with the climate. There are two-three scenes where he discusses it with his granddaughter and answers in just word by saying “Hawa” as the responsible term for the climate change. The character is not saying to sympathise him. You made the whole mess and you have to face – this is the ultimate answer of Hedu.
There is a classroom scene in the film where a government school teacher asks students to tell the name of the four seasons, will deliver everything about the theme of the film and will made you think.
Hedu is worried for his son Mukund (Bhupesh Singh) who has taken the loan from the banks but due to the drought, he is unable to pay it. Hedu thinks his son will also commit suicide as other farmer did.
Mukund is doing a job somewhere to look after his family. His wife Parvati played by Tillottama Shome works day and night to take care of her two daughters and her father-in-law. Director Nila Panda creates more situational drama in each protagonist. They are not afraid to fight this drought but they are not the ones who can fight for long.
Ranvir Shorey is playing Gunu Babu who is a loan recovery agent of a local bank. Villagers called him “Yamdoot” because it is believed that when he arrives in the village, a farmer commits suicide. Gunu is also suffering from his own life problems. He lost his father and home to a cyclone in Odisha. He wants to make his own house for his wife and his children who are still in Odisha.
The cinematography from the Ramanuj Dutta captures the meaningful emotions behind the stigma of a farmer. He uses the landscapes and close up shots to showcase the story that how climate change is affecting the people and from what emotions they’re going through.
Sanjay Mishra is no doubt a commendable actor who fearlessly presented a terrific act of a blind man who has the fear but has the courage that can help to his son to overcome the drought and loan pressure. Shorey as a loan agent is real and powerful. The compatibility of these two protagonists makes you wonder when they face each other. Hedu and Gunu both have their goals to accomplish but without getting together, they can’t make their goals achievable.
Tillottama Shome as Mukund’s wife marks the attention in a few scenes to tell the tension in Hedu’s family. She owns a newborn baby and tries to look after her with the ongoing tensions.
Nitin Dixit’s screenplay (Panda is also a co-writer) explores relationships between the emotions and reality. Ranvir Shorey’s character is also has a story and later, you’ll sympathise with him.
The climax leaves so many questions and makes Kadvi Hawa a marvellous attempt to draw thoughts on climate change. In the end, Gulzar penned down a poem with his voice over which reads, “…ye zameen darti hai ab insaanon se”. His words are kind of summary of human mentality towards nature. Kadvi Hawa is a sweet and bitter tale which needs attention and applaud. Kudos to Drishyam Film to show us a meaningful and real cinema.
(Kadvi Hawa is now strening on ZEE5)