Now, a film on climate change

Now, a film on climate change

Filmmaker NILA MADHAB PANDA unveils a real-life story about extreme weather conditions impacting common lives, says Debasrita Chakraborty

The constant conflict with ecology and environment, which is waged by humanity, is the greatest challenge of our generation. While the world is busy contributing to climate change, Odisha-born national award winning film director Nila Madhab Panda is all set to make a difference with his next film Kadvi Hawa. Dealing with the emotional impact of global climate change, particularly the displaced and disempowered families, the film releases in cinemas on November 24.

Kadvi Hawa (bitter wind) raises the topic that has become a matter of global tension. The film stars actors like Sanjay Mishra, Ranvir Shorey, Tilottama Shome, Bhupesh and others.

The film shows the devastating impact of climate transformation often ignored or unseen by the world. Panda’s remarkable cinematic achievement brings a much-needed perspective to one of the most important issues of the present and the future. Talking about the film, Panda said, “For Kadvi Hawa, I have been working since the past few years in the interiors of Chambal valley. Dealing with the effects of global climate change in different regions of India, my work is basically connected with environmental hazards and ecological disturbance which has been evident for the past one decade.” The film features a blind old man played by Sanjay Mishra and Ranvir Shorey as a young bank loan recovery agent. Ironically both come from two extreme weather conditions and are fighting for their survival. The film shows how their lives are affected by climate change.

The director is elated with the goodwill the film is already generating among audiences and policy makers alike.  “This is my little way of thinking about our Mother Earth! We all have a responsibility towards this planet. Let us spread the message of the sense of urgency that climate change is real, even though some leaders of the free world think it is a hoax. We are extremely grateful to Erik Solheim and his team at the UN. I hope with their support, we will be able to bring a change in the mindsets of people. Kadvi Hawa is the most special film of my life, and I can’t wait to bring it to our audiences come November.”

The film is based on our present diverse climatic situation which we fail to understand. It deals with regions that are affected by this global phenomenon and are not highlighted by mainstream media or western films. Panda had been working on this story for the last eight to nine years and feels that it is the right time to bring it to the public and create awareness. “I cannot give solutions but as an artist I can do my bit by bringing up the social issues on spotlight. Climate change as a concept doesn’t have as immediate an impact as love or heartbreak and that is why it is not on the radar. Mine is an independent movie but it isn’t a boring art film. The flow is dramatic and every frame is like a painting,” he said about the film.

Panda, known for his previous works I Am Kalam, Jalpari, Babloo Happy Hai, Kaun Kitne Paani Mein, says, “Cinema is the best way to entertain people and give a social message at the same time. My aim has always been to make people aware through my films.”

But whether he is successful in doing so is anybody’s call. At the unveiling of the poster by Erik Solheim, executive director, United Nations, environment, sapling were handed out to guests — only to be left languishing behind. A telling comment on why we are environmentally in the state that we are.



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