Just like every other festival, the season of harvest is celebrated all across India albeit under different names. Some call it Pongal, some call it Lohri, while some, Makar Sankranti. But no matter what you call it, the season of harvest is celebrated unilaterally across India. And when something is so popular, how can Bollywood resist making a movie or two about it. So here goes a list of harvest films that depict stories related to farming on the silver screen.
1. Do Bigha Zamin (1953)
A festive film from the early days of Indian cinema, based in a bygone era that is still remembered by this film and many others like it, Do Bigha Zamin follows the story of a debt-stricken family and their struggles to save their 2 acres of land from a loan shark.
2. Mother India (1957)
Another highly revered film from the same era, Mother India is the story of a lady who against crushing odds persevered in providing an upbringing to her children. The film is set in a village and the lives of the characters revolve around farming.
3. Manthan (1976)
Manthan is the first crowd-funded film in India. The film was entirely crowd-funded by 5,00,000 farmers of Gujarat, who donated Rs. 2 each. Set in the formative years of the White revolution of India, the film presents a dramatized version of the origin of the White Revolution.
4. Upkar (1967)
Even though the entire movie’s plot doesn’t revolve around farming, Upkar does really well in depicting the conditions farmers have to endure and how sometimes they end up getting cheated by the cunning, educated person from the city who is only after the farmers’ land.
5. Kadvi Hawa (2017)
A film that represents the condition of farmers in certain drought-prone regions of India and how the villages near the coastline are vanishing. Taking a departure from the themes prevalent in some other movies on this list, this movie talks about an issue that is much more severe - climate change.
6. Gabhricha Paus (The Damned Rain) (2009)
A modern classic, Gabhricha Paus, tells the story of a farmer in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, who, despite all odds, tries to make ends meet while keeping his head up but finally becomes a victim of lack of education.