Director: Nila Madhab Panda
Starring: Sanjay Mishra, Ranveer Shorey, Tillotama Shome
Screenplay: Nitin Dixit
The film is set in the stark landscape of drought-affected Mahua in Rajasthan to a small bank in Dholpur, where the old farmer, Hedu (Sanjay Mishra), encounters a bank loan recovery agent, Gunu Baba (Ranvir Shorey). Like many from his village, Hedu’s family is also crippled by mounting debt and the burden of bank loans. Poor monsoons and inadequate agricultural revenue has pushed some of the farmers plagued by debt to commit suicide. The old man wants to do whatever he can to protect his son and grand-children. Hedu believes in the wind. The villagers refer to the loan recovery agent as the “god of death” because his presence in a district is usually the precursor to farmer suicides. But both the men are driven by the same need—to save their respective families. Thus, the old man strikes an uneasy, bargain with the agent, the consequences of which are far-reaching. Ranvir Shorey does a fine job as the ruthless agent with a desperate motive. Mishra, captures the fatigue of an old man. He is remarkable as he conveys fear, hope and remorse. Bhupesh Singh plays Hedu’s resentful son, while Tillotama Shome brings a quiet dignity to her role of wife and daughter-in-law. 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.