Director: Rajkumar Laxmanrao Tangade
Section: India Story
Country: India | Year: 2019
Language(s): Marathi | Time: 125 mins
Generations of a closely-knit, humorous community of sugarcane labourers have been migrating yearly in search of work. Vitthal belongs to the young, educated generation of the community, but political apathy and lazy governance have kept them socially backward. Vitthal is still forced to rely on a life-threatening occupation like sugarcane cutting for survival. He travels along with the rest, while they live like outcasts, sacrifice their self-respect, and endure bitter hardships just to satisfy the sweet cravings of the world.
Rajkumar Laxmanrao Tangade started a theatre group called Rangmala in 2003, in his native village Jambsamarth, which has a population of approximately 3000. He wrote and acted in his first one-act play Aakada, which addressed the problem of the scarce power supply given to farmers. It went on to win several awards, and was made into a short film by Nandu Madhav. Tangade’s next play as a playwright, Shivaji Underground in Bhimnagar Mohalla became a milestone in Marathi theatre, and established him as a name to reckon with among literary circles. He acted in the National Award-winning film, Deool (2011) and other films such as Nagrik (2014) and Jaundya Na Balasaheb (2016). He makes his debut as a filmmaker with Chivati.