An Essay of the Rain
India. 26 min. 2017
Many words have been used to exalt the magnificence of rain. But when young Raja is given the homework assignment to write about the beauty of rain, lush green mountains, flowing rivers and magical rainbows is not what comes to mind for him. His is another kind of essay on the rain.
Evocative cinematography and an unnerving soundscape make the pounding rain an unforgettable character in this film–omnipresent and unconquerable. Mixing raw realism with a dash of poetry and a gentle touch of humor, masterful storyteller Nagraj Manjule (FANDRY) delicately crafts a visceral and deeply moving tale about the disparities and ironies of life, and nature’s daunting reign.
Nagraj Popatrao Manjule hails from Jeur, a small village in Maharashtra. His debut short film “Pistulya” won a National Award for Best Non-feature film. His debut feature, FANDRY, won the Indira Gandhi National Award for Best Debut Film. His next film, SAIRAT, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. Nagraj is also an acclaimed Marathi poet whose poetry collection “Unhachya Katavirudhha” has received numerous awards.