Short Film ‘Marigold’ Realistically Portrays Same Sex Love In Rural India

Short Film ‘Marigold’ Realistically Portrays Same Sex Love In Rural India

An independently shot film with a micro crew and almost zero budget, ‘Marigold’ has garnered international recognition in spite of its humble beginnings. The short film has made it to 'Marche du film Cannes', got shortlisted at 'Cannes Quinzaine des realisateurs', is an official selection at London Short Film Festival (UK premier in January 2023 at BFI), all in addition to getting its online premier at the prestigious Indian International Film Festival of Melbourne this year. 

The short film has been created by two young creatives, Abhinav Dubey and Mangeshi Dronkar. The newbie director and cinematographer are just entering the world of storytelling with their master project ‘Marigold’ but have already curated a powerful presence in the industry. Produced by Brown People Films, the twelve minute long film takes a unique approach towards exploring intimacy.

The film talks distinctively about the growing connection between two married women who are caught in the maze of their mundane lives. Their journey’s are limited by cultural hindrances and the film provides a different take on same sex love interest primarily in a rural set up. The environment makes it difficult for the two women to even step out, explore the world or just be on their own. Within such a narrative, the ultimate triumph happens to be finding peace in little things. 

The conversations between the central characters, Geeta and Shashi explore their desires and sexuality while waiting for the last boat to arrive at the shore. It is an honest portrayal of womanhood in its many forms where the two women find comfort in dialogue and attachment.