A film on the daily struggles of four sisters against the backdrop of farmer suicides in Vidarbha in Maharashtra has made it to the “best picture” category of Oscars. The final list of 323 films was recently disclosed by American Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences. The film directed by Pune-based Mrunalini Bhosale.
Kapus Kondyachi Goshta (The Unending Story) has been adapted from the real-life story of four sisters in a small village near Nagpur. A Marathi agricultural magazine, Baliraja, owned by the Bhosales, has published their story.
Bhosale said that it is a topical film, detailing social ostracism and poverty rife among Vidarbha’s cotton growers. The film charts the travails and triumphs of the sisters left orphaned by the suicide of their cotton farmer parents overwhelmed by debt. Focusing on the story of the eldest sister, Jyoti, the film delineates the problems and complexities of feminism in the rural area.
She added, “The thought of recognition in the form of awards was nowhere in my mind when I began working on this film. I just hoped to tell a sensitive story in a sensitive manner so that better-off people would prick their ears and take note of just how difficult life is in rural India.”
Bhosale has created and directed close to 50 films in a variety of regional languages as well as in English.