(U Ushacha) | Eng: U for Usha
Directed by Rohan Parashuram Kanawade Marathi film
उ उषाचा (U Ushacha) | Eng: U for Usha is a sensitive portrayal of the awakening of desire between two women — an illiterate, poor laborer Usha (Kiran Khoje) and the primary school teacher (Arpita Ghogardare) at the village school.
The film recently won the Satyajit Ray Short film award at the London Indian Film Festival.
Directors Statement - Rohan Parashuram Kanawade
I grew up in Mumbai, but spent my holidays with my grandparents, in a small village, a few hundred kilometers from Mumbai. The simplicity of the rural life had always touched me deeply, yet as I grew up, I realised the life here was richly nuanced and complex as well. So, when my friend Chhaya Kadam suggested, I write a lesbian script, I immediately thought of using my village as the backdrop to tell my story. I wanted the woman in my film to be strong, and positive, despite the harsh realities of her life. I didn't want to make her a victim or a sad person, which is usually the case in Indian films. Now that homosexuality is legalized in India, films made on LGBTQ characters (which are often sad stories, especially in India) needs change. Usha, in my script, is that women, who isn’t afraid to explore her needs, abilities and her new attractions. With this script I am trying to take the audience on a journey, that ends on a sweet note; one that will bring a smile on their faces.