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Baga Beach (2013)

  • LanguageKonkani
  • Run Time103 min
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingUA
  • Censor Certificate NumberDIL/2/184/2013 - Mumbai
  • Certificate Date31/07/2013

In the opening scenes of the film, one can see a carnival on the beach. Bikini clad women, migrant bead sellers, masseurs and drug peddlers mark the scene. The film delves into the lives of disparate groups of people and deftly handles the main problems faced by Goans, viz. the ill treatment of the migrants and the vice of child abuse.

A Goan family with a view to earn some extra money rents a part of their home to a German tenant. Their greed pushes them to ignore the advice of their well-wishers. An instance of sexual abuse occurs, and a worker’s nephew is led into prostitution.

A host of characters throughout the film come up against a variety of problems that are bred in their milieu. Imagining a possible move to Paris, a young bead seller falls in love with a French woman. The temptation of a good life makes another couple elope from the beach. A worker from Karnataka employed as a life guard faces discrimination because he is a migrant.

Baga Beach sheds light on the underbelly of a tourist state. All five youngsters who appear through the course of the narrative wish to make a living in the highly profitable tourism industry, but various instances of abuse shatter their dreams forever.

Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, the director of this film, has earned international acclaim for his first film by bagging an award at the Toronto film festival. Baga Beach, in turn, is an impressive accomplishment that stars a number of German and French artists alongside local artists, and employs Konkani, Hindi and English throughout the film.