DIGANT (2012, Konkani)

Posted: October 16, 2014 in 100 remarkable Indian films, Regional

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DIGANT (Konkani, 2012):  A wanderer shepherd’s son acquires education and is on the verge of a promising career as an architect in the city. This is mainly due to the fact that the only daughter of the city’s top builder loves him. The builder is also in approval of the alliance.

The film works at multiple levels. At one layer, it raises fundamental questions of old profession (like goat rearing) facing dangers of drifting off into the sunset in the wake of commercialization. At another layer, it raises questions of shrinking habitat for nomadic cattle grazers with growing urbanization. Furthermore, the simplistic narrative of a father-son relationship questions our claims of civilization existing in the cities.  On a visit to Goa to meet his would-be daughter-in-law, he is repulsed by the happenings of the city (The father fell sick upon hearing a fifty year old man raping a minor girl on TV).

The innocence of her father-in-law affects the girl and she decides to embark on a journey of discovery to the forested land of her lover’s family – a land left untouched by modernity.  Though patchy in parts, overall this is a delightful watch, more so because this comes from Konkani cinema about which we haven’t heard much till date…

Rating:  4 out of 5

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