Kadvi Hawa movie review

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Kadvi Hawa is a humorous and searing movie which stays with audience for long time. The movie was mainly focused on the increase in framers and parents who cannot even manage two square meals for their children committing suicide to escape from burden of loans.

The film lets them break out of the newspaper headlines  rare as they are and enter our conscience. And once they do that, they refuse to leave.  Though Kadvi Hawa is a film on climate change, it talks as much about farmers’. It explains about farmer’s who suicide in draught and flood-hit areas of our country.

Kadvi Hawa is the story of a blind, old man (played by Sanjai Mishra), who lives in a Bundelkhand village where there is no rain for more than  15 years. In the fear of his son, Mukund committing suicide in the face of back-breaking debt.
A loan recovery agent, people of this village treat him as Yamdoot. He visits the village annually. He is described by them in this way: “Tum jab bhi yahan aate ho 4-5 logo ki zindagi saath le ke jaate ho,” This explains to us why the agent has earned the tag of ‘God of Death’ the “Yamadooth”.

However, Gunu Babu is not as black as the villagers think, he is battling his personal demons too. After losing his father and house because of  the cyclone in Odisha, he wants to earn enough commission and bring his family away from the flood-prone village. His choice of place for resettling his family is ironically. He wants to live in Sanjai’s village because it gets no rain.

Ranvir and Sanjai enter into an unholy alliance to save their 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.
It is not just Nila’s story that talks of the “dark winds” or kadvi hawa, the film uses the cinematography and camera to highlight the scorching heat that climate change has brought to the famine-hit regions of our country.

Sanjai Mishra is in a fine form and his performance will scare you, just as he intended. He blends the wisdom of an old man, the helplessness of a poor farmer and the body language of a blind man to deliver a performance that is arguably his best. Ranvir and Tillotama, too, are the perfect fit for their respective characters.

Nila Madhab Panda movies like “I Am Kalam fame” is known for his documentaries that address environmental problems. His feature films have often addressed environmental and social issues- while “Kaun Kitne Paani Mein” tackled water scarcity, and “Jalpari” highlighted female foeticide. And now, with ”Kadvi Hawa”, he takes on the larger issue of climate change and how  it is staggering human cost.

-Navya reddy

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