Nila Madhab Panda’s upcoming movie, ‘Kaun Kitne Paani Mein’ focusses on water crisis issue which later on, turns into water politics.
Made in collaboration with a Canada-based NGO-One Drop Foundation-Panda has executed his efforts beautifully while carrying an underlying theme of water conservation. The movie’s central theme revolves around what could happen to future generations if attention is paid to conserve water.
The film also highlights some deeper social issues prevalent in Indian villages including caste system, untouchability and so on.
‘Kaun Kitne Paani Mein’ focusses the conditions of two villages. While Saurabh Shukla as a ‘Raja’ has depicted the pitiable condition of a ‘poor’ king, Gulshan Grover stands opposite Shukla as a ‘rich’ common man.
The two villages reflect our present and future situations. Grover’s village can be seen as our present, where we use water without exercising much care. Wile, on the other hand, Shukla’s village can be our future if we keep on wasting the earth’s most valuable resource.
The film showcases the condition of Shukla’s village with a tinge of comedy, where water seems to have gained more significance than money. Priests are shown taking ‘water packets’ as dakshina instead of money.
The relationship between enemies’ children may appear to be a typical Bollywood plot but it’s inclusion in the script is well justified through a well-explained narrative. Shukla, who plays the role of Kunal’s father instigates his son to have an affair with his enemy, Grover’s daughter.
‘Rangabatti’ song showing Radhika’s thumke is a good item number. The track shows celebration of Akshay-tritiya, a farmer’s festival for rice cultivation.
Overall, ‘Kaun Kitne Paani mein’ starts with the issue of caste system and ends with superstitions. It portrays how easily people make the fool of themselves by believing into irrational rituals and activities in the name of religion
Rahul Singh has penned down some beautiful dialogues for the film. The narration has been done by Saurabh Shukla, who gives a gist of the story’s history in the beginning.
Produced by One Drop Foundation and Eleanora images limited, the movie is releasing this Friday.