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'Fandry' (Pig) followed by discussion with Director Nagraj Manjule

Nagraj Manjule
David Mosse, Nagraj Manjule (Director), Meena Varma

Date: 21 July 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 21 July 2014Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Film

Film: FANDRY (Pig)

Fandry literally translates into 'pig' in the Kaikadi language of the nomadic Kaikadi tribe, an 'untouchable' community in Maharashtra, and is a casteist abuse in some parts of Maharashtra. A  love story which foregrounds the experience of caste discrimination, it was released symbolically on Valentine's day in 2014, to much commercial and critical acclaim.

Fandry is the story of Jabya, a teenage boy from a village in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The plot opens with Jabya and his school friend hanging around the village trying to catch a bird. The duo keep trying to catch the bird in the entire film the reason for which is explained later. As untouchables, Jabya and his family live in a segregated part of the village. The family does odd jobs, but earns their livelihood by catching pigs. Jabya too helps his family by working after school hours, selling ice candies in neighbouring villages. While in school, jabya falls in love with a girl named Shalu, born in an upper-caste family. He tries to hide his family's menial job and his caste-status from her. The film then revolves very poignantly around the life of Jabya, his family, love, and caste.



Nagraj Manjule is a National Award-winning Indian filmmaker and screenwriter. Fandry is his first feature film, written and directed by him. He is also a writer and a poet and has published a book of poetry in his native language Marathi. His first short film was Pistulya.

Born and brought up in Jeur Tal village in Karmala taluka, a small town of Solapur district in Maharashtra, Manjule closely saw the struggles for education of those belonging to poor, backward families in rural India. He himself pursued an M.A. in Marathi Literature, followed by another Masters in Communication Studies, both in Maharashtra.

His first National Award winning short film Pistulya is a reflection of his ‘felt experience’. Thereafter he made his debut feature film, Fandry in 2014. Manjule is one of the important poets in Marathi literature in the last decade. His collection of poems 'Unhachya Kataviruddha’ has received a very warm welcome in contemporary Marathi literature, was praised by literary stalwarts, and won the prestigious ‘Damani literary Award’.

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