Odisha Sun Times Entertainment Bureau
Mumbai, Jul 22:
‘Kaun Kitney Paani Mein’, the much-awaited Hindi film by Odisha-born filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda had its exclusive trailer launch at Juhu PVR here today.
Starring Kunal Kapoor, Radhika Apte, Gulshan Grover and Saurabh Shukla,’Kaun Kitney Paani Mein’ by the “I am Kalam” fame director is a satire based on water scarcity faced in villages. It is the first Hindi film shot in two villages in Western Odisha, Panda said.
A major point of interest in the film is the use of a Hindi version of the iconic ‘Rangabati’ number, which is currently at the centre of a huge controversy over a remix version presented by Coke Studio sung by Sona Mohapatra and Rituraj Mohanty and composed by Ram Sampath. Unlike Coke Studio, however, Panda has taken due permission from the copyright holders – lyricist Mitrabhanu Gauntia and composer Prabhudatta Pradhan – before using it in his film.
Addressing the press at the event, Nila Madhab Panda said; “Social cinema is a misconstrued word when seen from a developing country’s perspective. Impactful cinema is assumed to be one that has to show the depravity and pathos in the viewer’s face and make them squirm. This might be an option, but I have always believed in making films that carry important universal messages without being cloaked in heavy philosophical preaching.”
“Having grown up in eastern Indian state of Odisha and having lived with water scarcity for three decades, this crisis is one I have grown up with,” said Panda.
“The only thing that gave the strength to me and my fellow villagers to survive this crisis were jokes and stories about an imaginary world that seemed full of everything. Much like everywhere else, this escape from realism was an effective staple diet. The first thing I thought while making this film was to make it to laugh on a serious human issue. And yet, when the audience walks out, they are laughing but in an awkward kind of way and are actually trying to deliberate on what they have just seen. This is a universal issue and very soon there will come a time, where power will lie with whoever has water. I’ve set this film in Odisha because this region has already seen what the world is going to witness soon. And also because this satire, this ability to laugh at one’s plight in the face of self-induced disaster is something I have learnt from the people of Odisha. This is what makes the treatment of ‘Kaun Kitne Paani Mein’ unique – The strong local favours and humour that will have the audience chuckling and yet shaking their head in thought at the cinemas,” said the filmmaker.