Konkani film maker Laxmikant Shetgaonkar’s latest offering, Paltadacho Munis (The Man Beyond The Bridge), has been selected for a world premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. This is first time that a Konkani film has made it so big.
The film will be shown in the ‘Discovery’ section, which showcases new and emerging filmmakers who “are certain to become household names”. Incidentally, four years back when the Goa government decided to give funds to Goan filmmakers to promote Konkani films, national award winner Shetgaonkar had approached the state government with the script. But his idea was rejected.
Later, he got funding from the National Film Development Corporation of India to turned down. But we are happy that now have done Goa proud,” said Paresh Shetgaonkar, the line producer of the film and Laxmikant’s brother. The film, a study of the environment in the backdrop of village dynamics, is a tale of a widowed ranger who falls in love with a mad woman.
The story unfolds with Goa’s Western Ghats as the backdrop. The director beautifully weaves village traditions and beliefs, while casting a jaundiced eye on those who exploit them. “The movie explores small but enduring dilemmas.
What liberties can be taken with a natural environment by those entrusted to protect it? Is a man who marries a madwoman helping her or taking advantage? Our movie raises these issues and we hope to touch every heart with our story,” the line producer said.