In Khamgaon, a kite festival is taking place. The sky is not blue but orange, pink, green, red filled with kites. A kite floats, slowly descending from the open skies..
A young girl chases it, forgetting that she is crossing the bridge that divides her village. A chain of events has been put in motion.
Ganga and Salma belong to lower caste families and stay on one side of the bridge. Poonam stays on the other side where high caste families live. But everyday, they walk the same path to collect firewood from an ever-decreasing forest. And everyday the forest recedes further and so they have to walk longer.
The bridge separates them – customs dictate that Ganga and Salma cannot cross the bridge, cannot touch Poonam, cannot eat with her… but what they are about to discover, is that their problems unite them.
A dilapidated biogas plant that everyone had forgotten about promises freedom – from the need to walk miles to the forest, from the hours spent collecting firewood, from a kitchen filled with smoke that is slowly eating away at their lungs. But is the promise of freedom enough to overcome the caste divide? Is it enough, the idea of biogas, to convince Bhavani Devi to cook with lower caste women?
And where is the money to repair the biogas plant going to come from? After all, this is a small, forgotten village… where the only thing everyone remembers is that we should not work together…
Watch the film April 2011.
Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat
Director of Photography: Vivek Thakur
Script: Vikas Chandra
Photographs: Nitin Upadhye