“Main wapis nahin aan raha hoon, Phulwa. Is virane me apne liye kuch nahin rakha hai…koi naukri nahi na koi future.”
“I’m not coming back Phulwa, there’s nothing left for me here…no job and no future.”
When Phulwa, a mechanic who works at her father’s rundown garage on the highway, hears that her friend Kanhaiya is leaving the village–like thousands of other young people–she is distraught. In her village, there is no electricity and as a result, no enterprise. Everyone depends on the mercy of the corrupt diesel mafia who is hand in hand with the sarpanch’s husband for expensive diesel to power generators for electricity.
This is the turning point for Phulwa. She knows it’s time to take matters into her own hand. She finds a village 100km away that generates electricity from a biomass gassifier plant. She decides to construct a biomass plant in her own village, and start a business to supply electricity. But to do this, she will have to get the villagers to support her–even as Jogesh, the sarpanch’s husband tries to sabotage her at every step.
Shot on location in a village near Lakhisarai, Bihar, the film follows the amazing adventures of Phulwa as she tries to bring electricity and enterprise to her dark, dusty village.
Director: Kanchan Ghosh
Director of Photography: Arvind K.
Photographs: Nitin Upadhye