“Climate change is life or death. It is the new global battlefield. It is being presented as if it is the problem of the developed world. But it’s the developed world that has precipitated global warming.”— Noble Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai.Truly enough, global climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation and there is a constant war of humanity against ecology and environment. In times of the much recent Delhi pollution which has alarmed the whole of India, Nila Madhab Panda, an internationally acclaimed Odia film-maker shared details about his latest film on the distressing climatic conditions. Titled as Kadvi Hawa (Dark Wind), his film is typically based on the true stories from the drought prone Bundelkhand region and the vanishing villages of coastal Odisha.
“For my upcoming film, I have been working since the past few years in the interiors of Chambal valley. Dealing with the effects of global climate change in different regions of India, my work is basically connected with environmental hazards and ecological disturbance which has been evident for the past one decade. The film features a blind old man and a young bank loan recovery agent, ironically both coming from two extreme weather conditions having zero contribution to the global climate change and fighting for their survival.” Panda said.
This groundbreaking film is in its final stage of post production, with Nila and his team working towards a world premiere after which they will release it in India by early 2017. However, this is not the first time that Nila has tried his hands on something of this sort, but he made his first documentary on climate change in 2005. With a film fellowship from UK High Commission/British Council, this documentary revolved around the sea level rise, which even got aired on the Discovery Channel!
Kadvi Hawa has been produced by Nila Madhab Panda and Akshay Kumar Parija, a Dubai based film-maker.“I am glad to work with the Padmashree Awardee, Nila Madhab, and that too on a very pertinent subject of present day effects of World Climatic Change. The recent Paris Agreement under United Nations Framework Convention on Climatic Change (UNFCCC) is a great initiative for combating this situation. I have full confidence that through Panda’s celluloid tale, awareness will be created on this explosive problem in the world” said Parija concerningly!
Recently the team was at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, LA to discuss its worldwide release and International distribution of the film. Panda has roped in the Hollywood producer, Karen Tenkoff (The Motor Cycle Diaries fame) as the Executive Producer for his film. There is even an association of Australian producers, James Lingood and Shekhar Mani of Great Southern Ark Productions.
“Our film shows the devastating impact of climate change on a region of the world often ignored or unseen by Western audiences. Nila’s remarkable cinematic achievement brings a much-needed perspective to one of the most important issues of our time.” says Karen.
The film is shot on celluloid (Super 16 mm, Kodak) in today’s world of digital cameras. “Kodak is thrilled that the project ‘Kadvi Hawa’ directed by Nila Madhab Panda and filmed by DOP Ramanuj Dutta was captured on Super 16 mm Kodak Motion Picture Film. It breaks the myth that film is more expensive to shoot on. We were stunned by the amazing images and the feel which the visuals carried, even just after the basic Tele-cine grading. Film still is the gold standard. Congratulations to the team for capturing the emotions in the way they did” says Amit Sherigar, Account & Business Development Manger, Kodak Motion Picture and Entertainment Eastman Kodak Company, India.
The film has a very interesting ensemble of cast that includes Sanjay Mishra, Ranvir Shorey, Tilottama Shome & Bhupesh. There’s no doubt that all of us will be eagerly looking forward to its release!