Shot against the majestic landscapes of rural Rajasthan, 'Bhasmasur' is a tale of love and sacrifice, and narrates the story of a father and son, and their donkey.
"The idea for 'Bhasmasur' came about when I read an article in a daily. Though it didn't immediately transform into a film at first, the news piece was unsettling enough and stayed on my mind," Nishil Sheth, the director of the film, said. "'Bhasmasur' is a film about people who exist on the periphery."
The plot sees Dhaanu, a debt-ridden farmer, deciding to sell off his donkey, Bhasmasur, to a buyer in the city. He wants to use the money to pay back the moneylender whom he owes a huge sum of money.
Tipu, Dhaanu's son yearns to go the annual fair in the city. Tipu also shares a very strong bond with Bhasmasur. The trio set off on their journey to the city, by foot. As their journey unfolds, father and son come closer.
For Mr Sheth, a film must be able to provide the viewers some food for thought. "I believe films are not only supposed to give out a
message but also raise necessary questions in the viewers' minds. 'Bhasmasur' does the same via a simple narrative guided by a linear plot," he said.
The film has been shortlisted under the annual NFDC Film Bazaar Recommends List at IFFI, Goa, 2016.