Godaan (based on a famous work by Munshi Premchand)

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GODAAN: The word means donation of cow to a priest within lifetime to help the soul cross a mystical river , when the soul leaves the body. Godaan used to be a very common ritual among the Hindus.The script is based on a famous and a well celebrated novel GODAAN by great Munshi Premchand that was published in 1936, several changes are made to provide a message in a contemporary situation.Now that many Hindus do not even know about Godaan, the presentation begins with an explanation of the word, shows an image of Premchand and then moves on to a scene 80 years ago focusing on the lead character of the story, a poor farmer named Hori, who is a low caste and believes that serving the people of higher caste, specially priests would earn him good karma to be born in higher caste in a future life. One of his agenda items is donation of a cow to a priest, this annoys Hori’s wife Dhaniya, who always treated Hori as a loser. Dhaniya had helped Hori raise his younger brother Heera, who now does not get along with Dhaniya. Dhaniya wishes that her son Gobar gets education to get a brighter future. Time passes, Hori’s brother Heera gets married, the conflicts in the joint family escalate further and Heera and his wife separate from Hori’s family and Hori has to acquire the burden of loans of his joint family, he is further burdened.After the division, Hori gets a cow on a loan, and pledges that he would donate the female calf of the cow to the priest Matadeen. To show a higher status so that his son Gobar could get a bride from a good family, Hori conceals the fact that the cow was bought on a loan. Heera suspected that Hori concealed family money during the division and poisoned Hori’s cow. When cops found out that Heera poisoned a cow, Heera ran away, leaving the burden of his family back on Hori.Hori’s miseries continued, when his son Gobar falls in love with a girl of another caste. The girl Jhuniya got pregnant as result and there is a big uproar because of such out of caste marriages were strongly disapproved at the time. Gobar runs away from these problems and Jhuniya also becomes Hori’s responsibility.Carrying on all these burdens Hori passes away.A few years after Hori’s death, Gobar came back to the village. He even brought a cow to donate to the priest Matadeen but Matadeen taunted Gobar that if one could not donate a cow in the life time, then the donation of a cow for dead man has to be made with 100000 cows.Since Gobar had become financially better off, a scene shows the upper caste people fighting to grab Gobar’s little fortune.THE MOVIE THEN ADVANCES BY 80 YEARSEven though the exploitation of lower castes by the upper castes is not that widely prevalent but Indians are still divided along the caste and religious lines. This is impacting the outcomes of Indian elections. Making priorities along the caste lines has also resulted in grossly corrupt practices. It shows that Gobar’s grandson, who is the top leader running a state, is arranging donation of 100000 cows to honor the wishes of Gobar. The movie then ends with a message that if corrupt practices change, India would achieve a great status in which all the people will be happy and healthy.The producer apologizes for missing to mention the following names from the acting creditsi-VANSHITA TIWARI 2 YATHARTH TIWARI 3 VINAYAK TIWARI 4 ROHIT TIWARI 5 YOURAJ SHUKLA 6 ISHUJAISWAL 7 SHANU JAISWAL

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