Fandry (2013)/Sairat (2016) | Marathi | Nagraj Manjule
If you notice these two scenes from both movies, you will understand some deep connections in the Nagraj Manjule Universe. In Fandry and Sairat respectively, Jabya and Parshya are from low castes, and Archi and Shalu are from high caste affluent families. Both movies have this sequence where there is a party/public event, where the boy is seen to be dancing in the crowd trying to catch the attention of the girl, who stands in the balcony with her friends and watches the crowd from above - a stark contrast in social class as well as gender dynamics. Women aren't allowed to mix in the crowd and dance with men. While in Fandry, Shalu is unaware of Jabya's feelings and her attention to Jabya is short-spanned, sparks have already been flying between Parshya and Archi, and they basically send each other signals the whole time. Shalu is quiet and shy, she laughs along but does not shake a leg. Archi is carefree and explosive, she dances on as energetically as the men below. Jabya and Shalu's love story are far away from taking shape, while Parshya and Archi share a kiss just after this scene. It is amazing how these similar scenes pave the way for further twists and turns in the story. We see that in the end Jabya is made to hold the cylinder with lanterns up for everyone, hindering his happy dance routine, hitting him hard with the realisation that his life is not going to change and Shalu probably doesn't care. On the other hand, this is the moment when Parshya and Archi are discovered by Archi's family, and while their feelings grow even stronger, it changes their life forever. Two films, two parallel scenes - one approach to steer the story in two different directions.