Poverty, debt, struggle for survival and everything leading up to suicide. Director Nitin Nadan’s film revolves around this.
It’s set in the interiors of Maharashtra in a tiny village. It revolves around Mouli (Bharat Jadhav), a cotton farmer, heavily in debt. His family pins their hopes on the returns from the year’s cotton harvest.
The harvest doesn’t get them enough and whatever little that they get, is given away to the creditors. The condition becomes worse when they mortgage their little piece of land and their house for money to make a living.
The actors playing Mouli’s kids, Shyam (Chinmay Kambli) and Deepti (Aarti More) are first rate. Their performance is believable. They are carefree, happy and at times, even demanding. But when they begin to act older than their age, their performance actually strikes a chord.
Madhavi Juvekar, who plays Mouli’s wife, does a great job of the character. When you see her losing hope, you wish she hadn’t lost it.
Nandan extracts fine performances from Dilip Prabhavalkar and Sanjay Mone too. Bharat Jadhav, known for comic roles, is convincing. Prateek Dalvi who plays Shyam’s friend Gautam, is excellent.