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Gujarati Film Dhaad Starring Kay Kay Menon and Nandita Das to Release after 17 Years

MediaInfoline January 19, 2018

After a successful release and an overwhelming response of the film Dhaad in Gujarat, the cast and crew is all set to release it in Mumbai on 19th January 2018. From Jayant Khatri Film Foundation, one of India’s leading theatre production houses and award-winning director Aditi Desai (Kasturba, Akoopar, Agnikanya and Samudra Manthan), comes an exciting new theatre production, Dhaad.

The film, shot before the 2001 earthquakes in Gujarat. Director of the movie Paresh Naik said that when 2001 earthquake struck, the film had almost been shot. The movie had funding problems, which is the major reason why it took 17 years (2000-2017) for the film to see the light of the day. The cast and crew of the film had almost given up before Shemaroo then stepped in to save the film.

Naik announced that the movie will release in the theatres in Borivali, Ghatkopar, Goregaon, Bhandup and Mulund in Mumbai. He also stressed on the fact that like Maharashtra government, Gujarat government also needs to adopt similar measures in order to promote cinema and theatre and must prioritise Gujarati cinemas over Hindi, so the filmmakers get a better liberty to express their art form, and the audience also will accept the Gujarati with support of the state government. The movie is set in the dangerous desert sands of Kutch region, where women are considered as child bearing machines, Dhaad tells the epic story of the unapologetic and eccentric anti-hero, Ghelo, and the three incredibly strong-willed women whose fate have betrayed.

The story takes the audience on an intriguing and thought-provoking journey, alongside the passion and aggression of the robbers in this barren land.

The film is based on a short story located in the interior rural landscape of Kutch, on the western borders of Gujarat, India. It is the story of an impotent man Ghelo, portrayed by Kay Kay Menon in search of a child for himself, and water for his land. His three wives: Monghi (Nandita Das), Dhanbai (Sujata Mehta), and Ratni (Sameera Avasthi) fail to deliver a child as the rains fail to soak the dry, arid terrain of the rocky land of the Rann of Kutch. The music in the film has been given by Vanraj Bhatia.

Mr. Naik also appealed to the youth to witness this piece of art with their families. He said one should have the roots of culture and tradition and that can be provided through the medium of cinema. Later during the press conference he announced the arrival of his forthcoming movie projects called ‘Samudi’ and ‘Dharaar’.


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