Fandry is director Nagraj Manjule’s debut film, about the problems encountered in villages due to the caste system. We think that education is the path to removing caste system, but the director shows us that this may not be always the right way. Jabya is constantly made fun of, called “blacky” by his classmates and also laughed at due to his parents’ occupation of catching pigs.
The title of the movie was well chosen as well, since “Fandry” actually means pig. Hence, one is left to wonder can these villagers be convinced ever that this caste system is pointless. The differences in the caste have been pointed out clearly in the movie. For example, the protagonist of the movie, Jabya is dark skinned, while the girl Shalu, being from an upper caste, is fair-skinned. Finally, one can realise the significance of trying to catch the sparrow.
Although Jabya was informed that it brings good luck, but it has an inner meaning as well. Jabya is bound to the shackles of this village life, and despite his efforts, he can never free himself. This shows that he can never get away from this intercaste discrimination, just as he was never able to catch the bird.
In the end, the movie Fandry must be watched by everyone; the director Nagraj Manjule has brilliantly portrayed how the dogmatic principle of this caste system still looms large in several villages throughout India, and the sufferings of the villagers. The dialogues, music and acting, together, make this a must-watch film.