Two Marathi short films on way to Cannes

MUMBAI: Kedar Jape‘s Baangdya (Bangles) and Reema Amrapurkar‘s Janani are the two Marathi short films that will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival that begins on 15 May.

While Janani would be screened in the short film corner and Indian pavilion sections, Baangdya would be screened in the short film corner only.

The story of Baangdya revolves around a small village girl Chingi who loves to play with bangles. She finds out that her father has committed suicide and her mother is also on her way to do the same. The film of 16 minutes duration is about her struggle to save her only parent and in the process an explosive truth, about the brutal farming reality is revealed.

Jape decided to make the film to highlight the aimless and colourless life of farmer widows in India.

"The concept was very close to my heart, but organising funds was an issue. I emailed the story to many people across the globe, and many of them responded to the call positively with small amounts. This success is an acknowledgment to their faith reposed in me and the cause," he has reportedly said.

The second film Janani dwells on the issue of female foeticide and sex determination. The film was adjudged the best short film at the IFFI in Goa last year.

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