Marathi film ‘Baangdya’ selected for Cannes

April 22nd, 2010 - 10:08 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Marathi short film “Baangdya”, about the plight of farmers’ widows, has been selected for a world premiere at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, May 12-23.
“It’s a great feeling that my first film has been selected for the world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. This is an acknowledgement to my cast and crew who worked hard to make this film possible,” director Kedar Jape told IANS on phone.

Jape’s directorial debut revolves around a small village girl ‘Chingi’ who loves to play with bangles. She finds out that her father had committed suicide and her mother is also on her way to do the same. It tracks the girl’s struggle to save her only parent and in the process reality about farmers is revealed.

“Baangdya” is shot entirely in black and white and Jape says his film brings forth the colourless life of farmer widows in India.

“Farmer suicide is a burning and socially relevant issue. These people suffer a lot and my film is an effort to create awareness about their plight not only at the domestic level but also at a global platform. This is a cause which is very close to my heart. I feel that through Cannes it will get represented all over the world,” he said.

Jape also revealed that it was tough raising funds for the film.

“I discussed my story idea with many people across the globe. Many of them responded positively by contributing small amounts. I am happy for those who supported me and showed their trust in me,” he said.

The director is planning to take “Baangdya” that features Maithili Kadam, Madhugandha Kulkarni, Manoj Aacharya, and Hitendra Upasni to other film festivals.

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