At a point of time when climate change has become a major concern, Kadvi Hawa starring Ranvir Shorey, Sanjai Mishra, Tillotama Shome, Bhupesh Singh hit the screens today. The plotline is simple, and so is the director’s treatment. A village called Mahua has to bear the brunt of climate change which has left the farmers with two choices, to borrow money or die. Given the adverse climatic condition, the parched land has refused to yield and has left the farmers in a fix. The film is about how the ecosystem is affected by climate changes and how the weather cycle throws life out of whack causing fatal destructions like famine, cyclone, so on. This is the base this thoughtful story which is woven into the lives of an old, sightless farmer Hedu (Mishra) and younger loan recovery agent Ganu (Shorey).
Half the films setting witnesses parched land, extreme weather conditions and scarcity of water which is either leading to farmers resorting to suicide or some disappearing. Both Ranbir Shorey and Sanjai Mishra give out an outstanding performance and you can feel the excruciating pain that the characters go through caused by the loss of land, money and family, a void created by the adverse conditions. Even the child artists render a good hand to this film helmed by Nila Madhab Panda. But there comes a point where you feel weary of watching the same old thing happening on screen and the film no longer captivates you like it does in the beginning. A tighter screenplay could have gone a long way for the film.
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Though the film has very scarce chance to showcase good background music, the little that is present does not catch up with the audience that well. The film, of course, comes with a social message and largely highlights the plight of the farmers due to the climatic changes. The film is good in parts but could have been much better with a tighter and fast-paced narration. But overall it is worth watching as the content is top grade and the topic hot. And yes, the atkeaway is massive.