The Kattode family living in an adivaasi paada on the border of Maharashtra
and Gujarat were scammed during the demonetization affecting their finances
on an extreme level, creating debts. Leaving behind the self owned land and a
few kaat trees Bhausaheb Kattode (45)now works for a rich family by cutting
dried branches of kaat and saag trees and Hausabai (38) does household work
for the same family. Phashi (15) and Kondhaji(10),two children of the famiy are
notorious and playful. Studied barely till the third grade, these kids roam the
paada entire day having their own beautiful world. As Bhausaheb cant pay rent
on the fortnight as the routine is, the landlord and Hausabai insist him to sell
the antique table with him which is a valued ancestral property. Bhausaheb
righteously denies, but cannot deny the suggestion of the landlord to shift to
the nearby city. With full of excitement and the blessings of the full moon on
the fortnight, they leave for the city. With fascination they enter a waada in the
city. Confused with the old city and the picture of the enormous civilization,
Bhausaheb sells fruits and Hausabai and Phashi work as domestic helpers
leaving kondhaji alone. Though the city showed dreams, the family still finds
themselves in the loop of poverty and the worry about the rent to be paid on
the fortnight as usual. To save the family, Bhausaheb takes a big step creating a
difference. The emotional world of the children, the practical problems faced
by the parents and the vulnerability in the city is PANDHARWADA all about.
Magic Canvas filmsProducer
Oas films productionProducer
Rajkumar TangdeKey Cast"Bhausaheb Kattode"
Shubhangi BhujbalKey Cast"Hausabai Kattode"
Om PawarKey Cast"Kondhaji Kattode"
Nikita PawarKey Cast"Fashi Kattode"
Project Title (Original Language):पंधरवडा
Project Type:Experimental, Feature, Short
Completion Date:November 10, 2019
Production Budget:14,000 USD
Country of Origin:India
Country of Filming:India
Shooting Format:Super 35MM 4K
Abhishek Loknar studied filmmaking from the International Academy of Film and Television, Cebu (Philippines). Abhishek is a B.Tech in Instrumentation and control engineering from the autonomous college VIT, Pune. He has been working in theater for past seven years in different roles and has successfully completed eleven productions from different production houses. Abhishek is the founder of a film company Aaveg Production, Pune . His written, directed and produced film Anvat (an unusual deed...) has been officially selected and screened Internationally as well as nationally. Anvat was the only Indian film to screen in the 14th Poppy Jasper Film Festival in two cities of California in Gilroy and Morgan hill and was well acclaimed by Oscar and Emmy award winners like Randy Spendlove. It was the Semifinalist at the Nanocon International Film fest, Washington. It was screened at 6th International Film exhibition(China), Lift off sessions, (UK), Inshort film fest(Lagos), 8th Ankur Film fest( Nashik) and Dadasabeb Phalke International film fest( Mumbai). Abhishek’s film ‘Pandharwada’ has been selected officially internationally at the CinemaLab, Colombia Film festival where only twelve projects were selected from the globe and Pandharwada was the only Indian film to be scree and become semifinalist. He has worked for ZEE5 on web series ‘Sex Drugs and Theatre’ as First Assistant Director. Abhishek has recently collaborated and made a documentary for Western Coal fields, India a central government company on topic Coal mining. His written and directed plays ‘Ummeed’ and ‘Vimukti’ have been showcased with repeated houseful shows in Pune, Nashik and Solapur and have been well acclaimed by Times of India, Lokmat and Sakal in respective cities. He has won award for three consecutive years 2012-2015 for the prestigious drama competition Firodiya karandak, Pune for best dance direction and
The dynamics of an adivasi family facing the turmoil of demonetization in a paada ( a small tribal community than a village living on mountains) are changed due to migration to city life. Migration is an unnoticed change today where these small vendors like balloon sellers or fruit sellers and maids are considered. It has always been a curiosity on how these people end up in city life
leaving their own setting.