You get grateful for living a privileged life when you watch a movie based on true events of “groom kidnapping” and forced marriage. Arranged marriage has a totally different and brutal emotional connotation in places where groom kidnapping occur. Antardwand is a story based in a village in Bihar. The plot revolves around an aspiring IAS candidate, who gets abducted by a local strongman wanting to get his daughter married.
After been forcibly married under the influence of alcohol and threats to a rural girl the protagonist sees himself in a distressing situation. He is held captive in the girl’s house where he is constantly struggling to be honorable with his new bride; and comes clean about having a pregnant girlfriend who was unaware of his current whereabouts and status. While the men of the household are awaiting the boy to consummate the marriage, the mother and sister-in-law (bhabhi) empathize with the girl. The women do not have a voice in any matter and spend most of the time cooking. The boy is again forcefully made to drink and goaded about his masculinity leading to him raping his bride and impregnating her.
Meanwhile, the boy’s parents report about him missing to the DG of the place. The boy manages to escape the house and goes back to his girlfriend, who informs him how miserable she had been and refuses to believe his story. Also, telling him that she was getting married to guy chosen by her parents.
As for the bride, she finally takes a step against her domineering father and leaves her house when he suggests abortion and re-marriage to rectify his “mistake”.
Directed by Sushil Rajpal, the film has strong actors playing the respective roles. Noteworthy performances by Akhilendra Mishra as the father of the bride and Swati Sen who is carefree as a young girl, helpless as a distressed bride finally graduates to a woman who takes a bold step to stand against her authoritative father. Other actors are Raj Singh Chowdhary and Vinay Pathak.
The film has won the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues at the 2009 National Awards.