July 20, 2010 05:01:57 PM IST Bollywood Trade News Network
There are number of social causes that makers recently have made films on. Films based on issues is the latest trend in Bollywood be it PEEPLI LIVE, RED ALERT, UDAAN etc, are being increasingly appreciated by the audience. Inane high gloss comedies seem to be on its way out!
But who has touched the topic of 'Groom kidnapping' that seemingly is so rampant in the high caste Bhumihar community in Bihar and other interiors of India?
Director Sushil Rajpal is treading that territory with ANTARDWAND. The film is about a character Raghuveer, a young guy who has appeared for Civil Services exams and is a prospective IAS officer. He accidentally impregnates his girlfriend and wishes to marry her.
Since his father is against the decision, he takes off from his native place in the interiors of Bihar and sets off to return to Delhi. While on his way, he gets kidnapped and forcibly married off to a girl by her father who wants an IAS officer as son-in-aw. While the duo is locked up in a room to accept each other, what do they do in this inevitable situation is dealt with in the film.
It is this Groom Abduction (Pakrauah shaadi or Jabariya Shhadi) that has been dealt in the film. It also touches topics like patriarchal power play and the feudalism in India. Groom abduction also has emotional and mental repercussions on the couple that has been forcefully married.
Whether it is the dowry system, social and economic inequality, male dominance and the helpless girl's condition of being married yet unmarried if the groom refuses to accept her or divorces her have all been portrayed with sensitive truthfulness.
The film has a power packed star cast with Raj Singh Chaudhary as Raghuveer; you will remember him as Anurag Kashyap's GULAAL lead, Vinay Pathak, Akhilendra Mishra, Swati Sen, Himanshi, Jaya Bhattacharya and Neelima.
What makes the film more realistic is that it is based on a true incident as experienced by the director Sushil's friend who was abducted by a village girl's father. They were forcefully married.
Like the director says, "Over the years as I dwelt on this incident, I felt this personal story had wider social ramifications and relevance as the final outcome of such incidents remains sadly inconclusive. And this is where the universality of the theme and its appeal lies."
With this movie Sushil hopes to stir the conscience of the audiences. ANTARDWAND has been shot on real locations with largely local cast to lend authenticity to the film. Like he admits, "It's a complex story but simply told."
ANTARDWAND is a National Award winning film on social issues...