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‘Fandry’ – A love story that spells caste as it exists in India

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Nagraj Manjule’s lesser known debut Marathi film shot to fame after it bagged the Indira Gandhi award for the best debut film of a director at the 61st National film awards in 2014. It addresses intricate issues related to caste, love, power and emotions. Nidhi Shendurnikar-Tere on what makes Fandry a must watch.
What happens when a boy from a lower caste falls in love with a girl from a higher caste? Usual Bollywood fare tends to treat caste and caste based discrimination in a non-serious manner by projecting important societal issues as trivial love stories of the “rich girl, poor boy/rich boy, poor girl” types. What follows is parental opposition amidst which the romance blossoms eventually culminating into drama, violence, parental acceptance, marriage and a happy ending. Very few films have attempted to address caste based discrimination in a serious but subtle manner. Fandry is one film that stands out for its deft and subtle handling of an issue that has plagued the fabric of In…