The first look of Drishyam Films’ next, National-Award winning feature, Kadvi Hawa was unveiled by the United Nations Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Environment, Erik Solheim at a high-profile event held at the Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia in New Delhi on August 10, 2017.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker (Padmashree) Nila Madhab Panda (of I am Kalam fame), Kadvi Hawa is a powerful and heartrending drama that captures the very real threat of climate change. The film stars Ranvir Shorey as a young bank loan recovery agent and Sanjay Mishra as a blind old farmer, two ordinary people fighting for survival in two extreme weather conditions, not of their making. The film also stars Tillotama Shome (Death In The Gunj, Hindi Medium) and Bhupesh Singh (Hum Tum, Masaan) in supporting roles.
Manish Mundra, the founder of Drishyam Films and producer of Kadvi Hawa, says “We are thrilled to have the global head of United Nations (Environment) launching such an important journey for us. I hope this film will change the way people look at climate change. After picking up a Special Mention at the National Film Awards earlier this year, we are now looking forward to bringing Kadvi Hawa to all our Indian audiences.”
The director of Kadvi Hawa, Nila Madhab Panda is elated with the goodwill the film is already generating among audiences and policymakers 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.”
Akshay Kumar Parija, producer of the film says “Kadvi Hawa is coming at an appropriate time when United Nations framework conventions for climatic change is going through a sensitive phase. Director Nila Madhab Panda is conveying an explosive message to the world to create serious awareness and protect the world from dangerous consequences that could happen due to climate change in the field of agriculture and human health”.
Erik Solheim, the Under Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, says “People feel the way we talk about the environment is too boring. An entertaining film like Kadvi Hawa is a great medium to spread the message about Climate Change.”
Also supported by the Shakti Foundation, Kadvi Hawa is slated for a Pan-India release on 24th November, 2017. The film is produced by Akshay Parija, Manish Mundra, and Nila Madhab Panda.
Kadvi Hawa Synopsis
Once famous for farming, the people of Mahua in Rajasthan have forgotten the scent of rainfall on their soil. Lack of rainfall has led many farmers into debt traps set out as bank loans. Unable to grow food grain anymore and to escape repayments, many farmers have committed suicides. Hedu, the blind father of a farmer finds his son’s life threatened by the same pressure. Gunu Baba, a ruthless bank agent arrives with a growing list of suicides in his wake. But frequent cyclones threaten his family in a coastal village in Odisha. Each wanting to save their own family, they end up helping one another.
About Drishyam Films
A company born out of love for cinema, Drishyam Films aims to build a platform for unique voices of Indian independent cinema and create global content with rich Indian flavors. Their international award-winning films include Ankhon Dekhi, Masaan, Dhanak, Waiting and Umrika. Their upcoming films include Atanu Mukerjee’s Rukh starring Manoj Bajpayee, Amit Masurkar’s Newton starring Rajkummar Rao, and Nila Madhab Panda’s Kadvi Hawa starring Sanjay Mishra and Ranvir Shorey. Drishyam Films partnered with the Sundance Institute, USA to organize a Screenwriters’ lab for Indian writers for two successive years. They have also set up a VFX studio specializing in post-production and visual effects for feature films and commercials.
About the director
Nila Madhab Panda, an internationally acclaimed film-maker and social activist. has produced and directed over 75 diverse and cutting edge films, documentaries and shorts. Most of his films have unique insights drawn from his own life, the metaphorical distance that he has traversed from a small obscure village to the globe. His first iconic feature film, the highly-acclaimed ‘I am Kalam’ has won 33 International & National awards. His second feature film “Jalpari”, about female foeticide and gender equality, was also well received by the audience and was highly acclaimed. It received the prestigious, MIP Junior award at Cannes 2013. His third feature film ‘Babloo Happy Hai’, based on the youth and HIV/AIDS was also well appreciated by audience and critics in India. His fourth film ‘Kaun Kitney Paani Main’, a satire on the water crisis in India got released last year. His new feature length documentary is called “God’s Own People” narrated by Mr. Bachchan. His new film ‘Kadvi Hawa’ won a National Award this year, is based on the economic and emotional impact of climate change/global warming. He has started shooting his new children’s film called ‘Halkaa’ which is a sequel of “I am Kalam” based on a child growing up in the slums of Delhi.
And Mr. Panda has been honoured with the fourth highest civilian award “PadmaShree” by the President of India in 2016