Pokhi (1999)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Childhood Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - India  |  
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A greedy moneylender learns an important lesson from a young girl he detests in this intimate drama from director Jahnu Barua. Living in the small village of Lohpohia with her aunt and uncle following the death of her parents, young Pokhi receives little attention at home as a result of her uncle's constant job hunting and eventually drops out of school to care for the house with her aunt. When a job opportunity that may finally let her uncle pay off the loans taken from penny-pinching shopkeeper Dayananda arises in a nearby town, Pokhi is left in the care of Dayananda's kindly wife Toradoi. As the village begins to turn on Dayananda, Pokhi and Toradoi's plans to reform the despised moneylender is unexpectedly cut short due to Toradoi's accidental death. Although the superstitious Dayananda foolishly believes Pokhi to be the origin of all of his recent woes, he panics when the young girl disappears out of fear that the villagers will never forgive him if any harm comes to her. Although the villagers rail against Dayananda at a town meeting, an appearance by Pokhi at the meeting brings a new perspective to the situation.