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Gabhricha Paus (2009)

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Farmers held hostage by the weather often despair, and yet there is resilience to be found in the communities that depend on the damned rain.

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Kisna
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Anjana
Mukund Vasule ...
Patil
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Vinod Raut ...
Gajnya
Amit Patil ...
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Few regions in the state of Maharashtra are famous for the farmer suicide rate they account for everyday. Kisna, a farmer like many others is trying as hard as he can to work hard but so many things, including nature are stacked against him. Kisna's family is trying in their own simple way to please him and avert the inevitable. Kisna's wife is convinced that he is contemplating ending his life and hence ropes in their 6 year old son, albeit against his wish and comprehends him to be with his father all the time and report any irregularities in his behavior. Kisna, meanwhile is unaware that he is being watched as a possible candidate for suicide and proceeds doing only what he knows best, toil hard, get a crop, pray that the rains will be on his side at least this year, sell his product and prepare for the next season. Written by Everest Entertainment

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"Gabhricha Paus" (The Damned Rain) gets its US release at Facets in Chicago - the first Marathi film to get a arthouse US release. See more »

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Compelling drama about the hopeless life of a Indian farmer and his wife, often leading to suicide from growing debts and uncertain weather conditions
14 December 2011 | by (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at Noordelijk Filmfestival 2011 (in Leeuwarden, province of Friesland NL). The announcement text sounded intriguing. It had all the appearances of a non-Bollywood product and promised a honest view on average life in India, the latter known as a country with an ability to make interesting films. Apart from that, being grown up as a farmer's son, I have seen with my own eyes which problems a farmer has to face, strongly dependent on external influences like the weather, prices of seeds and fertilizer, etcetera.

The story revolves around a farmer (Kisna), his wife (Alka), their son (Dinu), and a grandmother with no name, all living in the same house. The opening scene shows a recent suicide of an other farmer, who could not cope with ever growing debts and failing income. Alka is afraid that her husband will follow this example, and assigns their son Dinu to accompany him all day long, and to report back anything out of the ordinary. We also see the forebodes of impending doom, as TV news announces that the usual monsoon (rain season) won't come at the expected time.

Alka has every reason to be worried. She attempts to influence his bad mood by cooking a rich meal. We see that she cannot pay the grocer, thereby only increasing their debts. Kisna is aware of this and a hefty quarrel is the result, defying the purpose of the mail she cooked with good intentions. She tries sex as another strategy, but Kisna is too worried to honor the invitation.

Along the story it becomes more and more clear that man and wife live in different worlds, metaphorically speaking. This natural separation is exposed in a core scene. That is when the grandmother remarks that she and Alka are so busy with their daily grind, that they fail in taking the time to understand the motives and the problems of the husband. Several other scenes confirm this not-so-splendid isolation as a fact of life.

All in all, apart from the need I felt to edit away some scenes to get a more compact final product, I was very satisfied having seen this film. I gave the maximum score for the audience award when leaving the theater, disregarding a few flaws, thereby hoping that we may see more of these film makers in the near future.


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