Ghanti is a short film adapted from a story of the same name. The story is written by Harish Vasvani, recipient of the Sahitya Akademi award for contribution to Sindhi literature.
It follows the journey of Baba, an old Sindhi man living in Ahmedabad with his son’s family, who longs to speak to someone in his mother tongue, before he dies.
Among Hindu Sindhi migrants today, the language is nearing extinction, as the only remaining speakers of the language are members of the grandparent generation.
The film attempts to raise awareness about this dying language and also seeks to ask - what happens when a thing as rich as a language and a culture dies? How do speakers of that language communicate authentically? And what account shall we keep of its loss, in the future.
In today’s increasingly homogenising world, Ghanti brings to the spotlight the subtle, unspoken sentiments and predicaments of being from a minority diasporic community alienated from its home.