Film on Cauvery reinforces need to protect forests

Feb 24, 2018

Mysuru: In a fortuitous coincidence, the film, ‘The Story of Cauvery’ was released on the same day the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on the longstanding water-sharing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The film, which is aimed at educating the public about the age-old conflict and chronicles the river’s journey through time, and towards the sea, is largely a tale of peace that is meant to leave the viewer feeling the imminent need to save the river.
The movie also highlights the need to conserve forests, and the benefits of reforestation. The filmmakers said that the film acted as a timely reminder for the need to reestablish the lost connection between forests and water. The film has been made in three languages – Kannada, Kodava and Tamil – the languages of the stakeholders of the river.
“We think water comes from dams, canals and tanks. Water comes from forests. It is forests that produce rain, store freshwater that feed streams, which in turn feed the rivers. We need to seed the soil, not clouds. This will ensure our future generations continue to drink water from the Cauvery, and for that matter, every other river,” said Vinod Eshwer, trustee of Reforest India, who came up with the concept for the film.Managing Director of Cycle Pure Agarbathies Arjun Ranga said that the movie portrayed Cauvery in her true form – a divine being who descended from the heavens to save mankind from a demon who had brought about drought.
On his choice to make the film in black-and-white, the director Ayappa said, “It brings to life the part mythological, part real story of the river in a divine yet dystopian manner.”

President of Reforest India Janet Yegneswaran said, “Each one of us can be a part of the solution. We can all plant a tree and help reforest India. One tree at a time.”