Vidya Balan plays the role of forest officer Vidya Vincent in the film, which throws light on the human-animal conflict and the patriarchy prevailing in the society, whose job is to send man-eating tigresses alive after falling alive. The film has been released on Amazon Prime Video on 18 June.
Masurkar, known for the National Award-winning films “Newton” and “Sulaimani Keeda”, said it was writer Aastha Tiku’s idea to end the film with a horrifying picture of a possible future if humans do not change their ways. “There is no easy solution to these problems. In a film about conservation, we have to leave a question for the audience – what are we doing for others and for ourselves?’
The filmmaker said in an interview to ‘PTI-Bhasha’, ‘We had a happy ending for the film earlier, but after the pandemic happened, Aastha thought the film should have a wake-up message at the end. We went to a taxidermy section of the museum in Mumbai and realized it was the right place to shoot that scene. Masurkar said that the idea of making a film on conservation also came from Tiku.
According to the director, it is a ‘coincidence’ that both Rajkummar Rao in Newton and Vidya Balan have played government officials in this film. “It gives me an opportunity to explore the intricacies of power and the various dynamics that arise out of it,” he said. Patriarchy and sexism – these are themes that are seen in every film because they are part of the society we live in. How the filmmaker presents it is his choice.
The shooting of the film was halted in March 2020 in view of the nationwide lockdown implemented due to corono virus. After the lockdown was lifted, the cast and crew shot two-thirds of the film. The film also starred Vijay Raj, Brijendra Kala, Sharat Saxena, Neeraj Kabi, Ila Arun, Mukul Chadha. The director of the film said that he is lucky to get such a great cast.