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Kadvi Hawa Movie Review

  • Movie Name: Kadvi Hawa
  • Director: Nila Madhab Panda
  • Run Time: 1h 40m
  • Year of Release: 2017
  • Our Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐(4 stars)

A Teacher in a class asks his students, “How many seasons are there in a year?”

All students expect one “fourrrrrr”. 

One student answered, “There are only two seasons, sir,” “Summer and Winters,” and “Rains hardly come in our part of the world.”

This is the only scene in Kadvi Hawa that speaks explicitly about the aspect on which this movie is based: Climate Change. 

The Hindi movie Kadvi Hawa is a poignant tale about the impact of fluctuating weather patterns triggered by climate catastrophes on people at the bottom of the economic pyramid.

A large part of the Indian population is heavily dependent on farming-related activities to make ends meet. Unfortunately, farming needs water primarily fed through rains and monsoons, which makes it vulnerable due to climate issues. Kadvi Hawa, set in the dusty landscape of the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh, a northern state of India, subtly emphasizes this pertinent issue of our times without being preachy and loud. 

The story revolves around a blind father, played by Sanjay Mishra, who worries about a bank loan given to his son. Due to the lack of rainfall and agricultural income, he is concerned about how his son can repay the bank loan. The fear is compounded by the fact that other farmers in the village have committed suicide, primarily due to bank pressure.

The bank in the movie is represented by a loan recovery officer, Ganu Babu, played by Ranvir Shorey. Ganu Babu hails from Odisha and has been living alone as the bank pays a higher commission to recover the loan in this region. Initially categorised as a villain in the story, the story later unfolds to show how the perpetrator is a victim himself: a victim of not bureaucracy but of climate change. The audience feels helpless in search of a party to sympathize with by holding a gun at the head of the villain, which underscores the misery of climate change: it affects everyone, but some are affected more than others, and it is tough to hold a gun against one party.

As the movie unfolds, Sanjay Mishra hatches a plan with Ganu Babu, also called the “God of Death,” to pass secret information about people who can make repayments. Through some twists and turns in the story and intense acting by these two central characters, Kadvi Hawa keeps the audience’s attention till the end.

The movie also features a song, ‘Main Banjar, Main Banjar,’ which speaks about the issue of climate-induced dryness.

Directed by Nila Madhab Panda, Kadvi Hawa is a captivating tale about an issue that is hardly discussed. Just like climate change, the looming fear of the same exists throughout the movie without explicit apocalyptic disasters, yet it horrifies the audience to the core.

You can watch the movie Kadvi Hawa on Zee5; here is the trailer:




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