Kadvi Hawa Reviews
The child actors are excellent, as they always are in Madhab’s films. It is the older lot whose performance is effortful, especially the calling-attention-to-itself-part from Mishra, who is capable of much more subtlety. Shorey’s loan-recovery shark, in his bright printed shirt, and persuasive tongue, fares better. You also wish the film was tighter: it feels like a stretch even at 100 minutes.
The cinematography works as an ode to Madhab's story. It lay bares the despondency of debt-ridden farmers while simultaneously showing an accurate portrait of these parched lands. The best part of the film perhaps is that it doesn't intend to answer or preach on the difference between right and wrong but instead leaves you with plenty to think about. Unsettling but rightly so.
Though Kadvi Hawa is touted as a film on climate change, it talks as much about farmers’ suicide in draught and flood-hit areas of our country.
Still the vital definitive crux is marked with slightly long-drawn-out juxtapositions that could debilitate the overall emotional impact of the film.
Kadvi Hawa is intended to be a wake-up call, but look closely and it is also a chant.
The chemistry between Ranveer and Sanjay is darkly entertaining. You may even feel guilty while enjoying a moment of black humour in scenes between the two actors. With powerful dialogues by Nitin Dixit and achingly beautiful lyrics by Mukta Bhatt, the film is an engrossing watch. For a serious film on global warming, Kadvi Hawa is non-preachy and entirely watchable.
Despite a running time of 95 minutes, Kadvi Hawa still feels a laboured watch. Nitin Dixit's screenplay trudges along, not digging deep into what has created the harsh landscape that has made the farmer woes from bad to worse.
Kadvi Hawa or the dark wind is from those movies you don’t watch to entertain yourself. Stay away if you’re watching this as your usual movie but watch it for sure if you want to be aware what’s really happening around.
I must also make a quick confession here. Due to unavoidable time constraints, I had to watch the screener of this film, rather than catch it in a theatre. I don't know whether that puts me at an advantage/disadvantage as a viewer.
If you insist on watching Justice League this week you mustn't regret having missed out one of the most thought-provoking and exhausting and yet finally exceedingly rewarding film.
While Kadvi Hawa may not fit into the conventional definition of cinematic entertainment, it is certainly everything that good cinema is expected to be. It is raw, evocative, poignant, and thought-provoking. Kadvi Hawa is a film that needs to be watched.