Kaun Kitney Paani Mein
Director : Nila Madhab Panda
Kaun Kitney Paani Mein Synopsis
A satire on the impending Water Crisis where water actually becomes so scarce that it's elevated to (or reduced to) the trade currency for all transactions! Set in the rain-shadow areas of Orissa, Kaun Kitney Paani Mein travels between two villages fighting over water reservoir, since acouple of decades.
It's a story of the two warring villages, Upri(The Exalted) and Bairi (The Outsiders) that have always been divided because of money, caste and power hierarchy. Initially, there existed only one village for its powerful kingdom and great economic and social status. Bairi was created as a place of banishment for those who went against the king.
Thirty years back, love between 2 castes led to the total banishment of "the workers" from Upri to the newly created village of Bairi.
This scarcity (of water and cash) propels the king to realize that he has only one trump card left and that is his son Raj. He coerces his son to go and impregnate the daughter of the Bairi Village chieftain. And the proverbial hell breaks loose.
What the king has not factored in, is the changes in Raj when he goes to Bairi. He falls in love with the girl instead. And this leads to a turmoil involving the chieftain, their decades of enmity, politics and romance blooming in the middle of all this.
The film takes a satirical look against the backdrop of a traditional love story but all set in a realm where water is the new currency. The film resides in the genre of satire, a rare-to-come by treatment in Indian cinema, with an ever rarer darkly humorous plotline aimed at a positive social outcome.
Not since "Jaane bhi do yaaron" a film like this has been attempted where the surreal and the real lose their boundaries and lead to a serious discussion. Produced with both scale and grandeur, with multi-location shoots in the heart of Orissa, with grand music, action and dollops romance – the film will tickle the heart and tackle the mind with a firm grip.