Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
This drama from India chronicles the tumultuous life of a simple rural ferryman who has lived all his life on the banks of a rushing river. Like his father and his grandfather before him, old Puwal makes his meager living by rowing people across the river in his ramshackle boat. He loses his livelihood when the government constructs a little bridge across the stream. Puwal becomes even more depressed when his eldest son Hemanta, who lives with his upper-class wife and her snooty children, tries to swindle his father out of prime acreage. Though it could bring the old man a great profit from the developers who want the land, Puwal wants to keep it and pass it on to his orphaned grandson, Hkuman (a flood took the lives of his parents).
boatman, bridge [structure], family, grandson