Fandry is a 2013 Indian Marathi-language film, written and directed by Nagraj Manjule in a directorial debut. It stars Somnath Avghade and Rajshree Kharat as the film leads. The story focuses on a romance amidst caste-based discrimination. The film set in Akolner, a village near Ahmednagar is about a teenager from a Dalit (lower caste) family, who lives at the village fringe, and falls in love with an upper caste girl.
The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Mumbai International Film Festival. The film released theatrically on Valentine's Day 14 February 2014. At the 61st National Film Awards, it won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director.
Fandry is a story of an intense revolt against caste discrimination by the most unexpected individual - a 13-year old boy of innocence.
Jambhuvant (nickname: Jabya) (Somnath Awghade), a pre-teen lives in a makeshift house on the outskirts of a caste segregated village with his parents and 2 sisters (one a widow with a toddler). The family belongs to a low-caste community and earns its living by doing menial jobs. Owing to the caste-ridden power structure of the village society, the boy's father has a fearful and submissive personality which is exploited by the upper-caste inland villagers.
Jabya is disillusioned by the predicament of his family and shows interest in school where he has also fallen in one-sided love with a forward caste girl named Shalini (nickname: Shalu) (Rajeshwari Kharat) who he has never talked to but tries desperately to get her to notice him.
The plot opens with Jabya and his school friend Pirya armed with a slingshot trying to catch a bird (the Black Sparrow) in the wilderness. However, the bird call that punctuates the film is that of the Red Wattled Lapwing (titawi), which is supposed to bring bad luck. The black sparrow, with its distinctive forked tail, and the call of the red wattled lapwing occur repeatedly throughout the film. The reasons for the mismatch between the call and the bird shown are unclear. The duo keep trying to catch the bird in the entire film for an unknown reason which is later explained in the film. According to a local legend, it is believed that when the ash obtained by burning the black sparrow is sprinkled on someone, it hypnotizes them to fall in love with the person sprinkling it. AWARDS FOR FANDRY MOVIE
Festival / Awards
International Federation of Film Critics
Best Film of the year 2013
Pune International Film Festival
Best Film, Best Film(Audience), Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Actor
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
Best Indian feature film
Mumbai International Film Festival
Jury Grand Prize
Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Child Artist, Best Script, Best Editor
New York Indian Film Festival
Reel Asian Film Festival 2014
National Bank Best First Feature Film Award
Seattle South Asian Film Festival
Outstanding Film in Social Category 2014
Best First Film of a Director – Indira Gandhi Award (Golden Lotus) National Film Festival
Maharashtra State award
Kishor Kadam - Best Supporting Actor
Special award, Best Background Music
The FIPRESCI India- Film Critics Award 6th BENGALURU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Best Indian Film 2013
Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival 2014
Best First Feature Film
First Marathi Filmfare Award 2014
Best Director, Best Child Artist (Somnath Awaghade), Best Supporting Actor (Kishor Kadam), Best Cinematography (Vikram Almadi)