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A film on farmer suicides has much more

Earthen Wares
Earthen Wares
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“My death will be like untimely rain/My death will probably be termed foolish/I have left here hanging myself as an exhibit....”

Gabhricha Paus (The Damned Rain) begins with this poignant poem by Vidarbha’s farmer-poet, Shrikrishna Kalamb. Written in March 2008, just two days before Kalamb took his life in the face of repeated crop failure and mounting debts, it sets the tone for the remarkable new Marathi film that opens in theatres this Friday, after gathering awards and acclaim around the globe, from Cuba and Los Angeles to Durban and Rotterdam.

This stark and simple film is about farmer suicides but focuses more on personal plights and predicaments than the larger issues. The debts, loans, inadequate yields and insufficient compensations—these offer the backdrop against which two different viewpoints collide. There is the lazy, pragmatic, FM radio-obsessed Patil who has given up on farming, knowing that what his land produces won’t add up to much. And then there is Kisna, who...

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