A film by a Pune-based director on the daily struggles of four sisters against the backdrop of farmer suicides in Vidarbha in Maharashtra has made it to the longlist in the “best picture” category of the 87th Academy Awards, popularly called the Oscars. The American Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences recently disclosed the final list of 323 films.
Kapus Kondyachi Goshta ( The Unending Story), directed by Mrunalini Bhosale, 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, had published their story.
“It is a most topical film, detailing the social ostracism and poverty rife among Vidarbha’s cotton growers,” says Ms. Bhosale, who initially never thought of entering her film for the Oscars.
The film charts the travails and triumphs of the sisters orphaned by the suicide of their parents, cotton farmers overwhelmed by debt. “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 people would take note of just how difficult life is in rural India,” she says.A specialist of the “agricultural documentary”, Ms. Bhosale has created and directed close to 50 films — all focussing on the pitfalls and triumphs of men and women who work the soil.