Exclusive! Anant Narayan Mahadevan: 'Bittersweet' is beyond cinema; it exposes the dark underbelly of Maharashtra’s sugar industry

National Award-winning director Anant Narayan Mahadevan’s film ‘Bittersweet’ is rocking the headlines for not only getting nominated for the Jiseok Awards at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival but also for Mahadevan’s research that exposes dark underbelly of Maharashtra’s richest industry.

In an exclusive chat with Etimes, Anant Narayan Mahadevan said “‘Bittersweet’ is probably my most challenging projects so far. Because I have always been trying within myself grow as a director, right from ‘I am Sindhutai Sapkal’ to ‘Mai Ghat: Crime No 103/2005’. So, I always wondered what should I pick up next, if I really wanted to grow as a director. And what fell into my lap was not just growth as a director but a very big challenge cinematically and socially”

“‘Bittersweet’ is beyond cinema, it goes into a realm that we have to get shake ourself and find out what are we doing with humanity. Human life is so cheap that we treat them like dirt just to grow our own economic or country’s economics. What are we doing? and what cost are we doing this? ” Mahadevan added

While speaking on hysterectomies, Mahadevan said “Do we realize that we are not only emotionally and physically damaging the women who are cutting sugar cane but biologically destroying her future. The result of hysterectomies is very shocking. So, it was a very big challenge for me because to write it in the first place and then film it. It is a very burning subject and I will very keen to know its impact on society”