Inspired by The Hindu’s Vidarbha storiesNov 25th, 2008 | By editor | Category: Most Popular, On the silverscreen
Karza maafi or voter maafi?: File picture of the relatives of a farmer who committed suicide due to mounting debt last year. Photo: Sandeep Saxena
Ziya Us Salam
PANAJI: The in-depth coverage of the incidence of farmer suicides by The Hindu has resulted in a rare Hindi film highlighting the problems of the Vidarbha farmers. The film ‘Summer 2007’ was screened at the ongoing International Film Festival of India on Monday.
Directed by first-timer Sohail Tatari and produced by Atul Pandey, the makers gave credit to The Hindu for giving maximum coverage to the rural tragedy which was otherwise ignored by the press that prefers “happy stories.”
“P. Sainath has done a lot of work on the subject. We were definitely inspired by that at the scripting stage. Then the work on micro credit by Nobel laureate Mohammed Yunus helped us in firming up the story,” Mr. Pandey said.
“The youth is concerned about the meltdown and its effects on the fortunes of a billionaire but not even aware of the grim tragedy in rural India. That does not exist,” Mr. Tatari added.
‘Summer 2007’ was released earlier this year but did not do very well at the box office, suffering because of amateurish marketing. It has, however, been appreciated for its theme since it got selected to the Indian Panorama.
“This is a film that has been inspired by the writings in The Hindu and the work of Mohammad Yunus of Bangladesh. It touches on farmer suicides in Maharashtra that has not been tackled by any Hindi film so far,” Mr. Pandey said. Mr. Tatari rued that the film circuit did not back the film.