Godi, a 16 year old simple girl from rural Gujarat is married off to a 35 year old drunk man without her consent. Raped, harassed and pregnant Godi’s husband dies suddenly leaving her to be a young widow. Can Godi take any more of this society’s pressure?

  • Keyur Panchal
  • Harsh Dharaiya
  • Kamini Panchal
  • Rajesh Panchal
  • Tarika Tripathi
    Key Cast
  • Pauravi Joshi
    Key Cast
  • Mayur Soneji
    Key Cast
  • Siddharth Soneji
    Key Cast
  • Abhigna Mehta
    Key Cast
  • Parmeshwar Sirsirekar
    Key Cast
  • Foram Manushi Patel
    Key Cast
  • Akash Zala
    Key Cast
  • Sangita Panchal
    Executive Producers
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    34 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 22, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,500 USD
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Director Biography - Keyur Panchal

Keyur Panchal is an Independent filmmaker, visual artist and designer. Born in Gujarat, graduated as a software developer, Keyur followed his passion for visual art by getting his Diploma in Filmmaking at Whistling woods International, Mumbai. He has worked as a Production Designer for many short films, feature films and TV commercials, and has also worked as a director and creative producer in some projects. He juggles his life and work between Gujarat and Mumbai. Majority of his work is inspired by Gujarati folklore and Indian cultural history; which reflects the façade of the society, finding the light and addressing the themes of balance and justice. Principle theme in Keyur’s work is the nature of society, as he wants to give voice to the issues surrounding social and cultural misconducts. He tries to express these elements through his style of storytelling and portrays it through the medium of films to be perfect reflection for the often uncontrollable universe around us. Godi is Keyur’s directorial debut.

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Director Statement

Godi is very close to my heart, not only because it is my debut movie but also because it demonstrates the culture I wanted to show to the world. Godi is based on this young girl with ambitions, whose father marries her off at a very early age. Her life unfolds in a direction so atrocious that she has lost all her hopes and enthusiasm of life.
Godi represents many women and little girls that are suffering to find their own identity. She is being suppressed in her own family like many women still are and the ending of this movie is subconscious of thousands of women and girls that thinks about running away from their nightmare but just cannot. Be it the societal pressure or the fear of surviving alone. They’d rather face the problems than take a bold step of making a positive change in their lives.
The process of making this film started very early on in my subliminal self, I must say. I grew up in the city and just in my neighborhood I would sometimes notice these women in black attire doing Chhajiya [hitting chest with their hands in funeral]. This custom goes on for a few days after the death of the person. Every time I would see it, I’d be surprised because it was notably too peculiar. I would ask myself the reason why they do this and why they would hurt themselves for someone they may have barely known. This was not a constant question in my mind, but I’d question it every time I see it. One day when I was sitting on my balcony, I saw these women doing chhajiya, and I saw it till that irritating sound of everyone crying faded in my mind. This one episode made me embark upon a journey to find an answer and to learn more about their culture and their customs.
Upon asking people here and there, I found out that their community is scattered all over Gujarat in rural as well as urban areas. My curiosity to find out their customs took me to numerous places, villages, cities, beautiful places and frankly some frightening places too. Many stories unfolded as I spoke to different people, and I also came across the prominence of child marriage in this culture to this date. Living in the city, I was barely aware of their age-old customs. So, when I got to talk to people on ground level, I decided that I will share a story that can visually tell so much about being a little girl in this community. I have tried to share the story as authentically as possible which closely showcases the customs and culture of this community.
Now, I give this story to you and hope that it tells it’s story in a unique way to everyone that sees it.