Gandhi influences short film at Cannes
By Renuka Vyavahare
Rohit Khaitan's short film "Lehenga" directed by Richa Srivastava, has been chosen, and is going to be showcased in Short Film Corner, at 65th CANNES film festival.
'Lehenga' is a children's film based on real story of a Gandhian Family and set in independent India.
The Khadi movement was started by Mahatma Gandhi in 1920, which aimed at boycotting foreign goods and promoting locally manufactured ones, thereby improving India's economy. Mahatma Gandhi began promoting the spinning of khādī for rural self-employment and self-reliance thus making Khadi an integral part and icon of the Swadeshi movement.
The freedom struggle revolved around the use of khadi fabrics and thus it symbolized the political ideas and independence in itself.
Lehenga is set against the backdrop of a newly independent India where the new generation are trying to forge an identity separate from the freedom struggle.
An upcoming dance competition in a school requires its students to get an outfit from home and khadi becomes the conflict between two generations in a household torn between two different ideologies.
The whole team is very excited about film and are hoping for a positive response, as the concept of the film is very diverse and unique.
Looks like fashion is not the only thing Indian artists will endorse at the festival after all.