Ghabricha Paus (The Damned Rain)
Language:Marathi (with subtitles)
Running Time:100 mins
Production Designer:Nitin Vaidya
Music Composer:Dattaprasad Ranade, Mangesh Dhakade
Sound Editor:Anmol Bhave
Cast:Girish Kulkarni, Sonali Kulkarni, Jyoti Subhash, Veena Jamkar, Ammanul Attar
BEST INTERNATIONAL MARATHI FILM (Pune International Film Festival), International Film Festival of Rotterdam, Warsaw International Film Festival, Indian Film Festival of LA, Durban International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Transilvania International Film Festival, HUBERT BALS FUNDS AWARD, Bollywood & Beyond, Ahmedabad International Film Festival, Leviante International Film Festival, Tasveer Seattle South Asian Independent Film Festival, Move It Film Festival, Asiatica International Film Festival, V. SHANTARAM AWARD FOR BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SOUND DESIGN, BEST CHILD ARTIST, BEST SCREENPLAY & BEST EDITOR
External Links:Ghabricha Paus (The Damned Rain)
Screening Time & Venue:
5:00pm, January 24, 2010. Channelside Cinemas.
Every day, farmers in the Vidarbha village in Maharashtra commit suicide as their lands stay parched and their debts accumulate. Alka, a young mother, is worried and keeps a watchful eye on her husband with the help of her mother-in-law and her 6-year-old son. She sends her son to tag along with him every waking hour and to report back to her. Irritated by his wife's concerns, Kisna keeps his plans a secret. With newly found enthusiasm he plots new ways to save his field and his crops. To keep his spirits up, his wife regularly makes special treats even though it is beyond their means. This tug-of-war between happiness and sorrow only makes him all the more determined not to succumb to the tragic fate of other farmers.
Having grown up in the area, director-writer Satish Manwar has had first hand experience of the farmers' situation. His sensitivity to their predicament is evident throughout his debut feature film. Brilliantly acted by the lead actors Girish Kulkarni and Sonali Kulkarni, THE DAMNED RAIN brings to light a much needed awareness of this epidemic.