Khwada (Obstacle) | International Premiere
Director: Bhaurao Karhade Starring: Shashank Shende, Anil Nagarkar, Bhau Shinde. Run time: 116 mins | Recommended Certificate: 15 Language: Marathi with English subtitles | Year: | Country: India
A hot new title from the burgeoning Marathi independent film scene, Khwada is a gritty drama about a dispossessed shepherd family moving from village to village trying to find fodder for their herd in the famine hit state of Maharashtra. The younger shepherds, looking for love and brighter prospects, come into contact and clash with corrupt local landlords and trouble soon escalates into sheep rustling and bloodshed. This fascinating film lays bare the stark experiences faced by the rural poor in India while, with a twinkle in its eye, it celebrates the sweeping beauty of the Marathi rural landscape. India has been quick to recognise its merit, awarding it with a special jury prize at the country’s annual National Awards.