Jal is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by Girish Malik and starring Purab Kohli, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Kirti Kulhari and Yashpal Sharma. The film is set in the Rann of Kutch, a desert region in India that suffers from drought and water scarcity. The film follows Bakka (Kohli), a water diviner who claims to have the ability to find water sources in the barren land. He tries to solve the water problems of his village, but faces unexpected challenges when he meets Kim (Kulhari), a female bird watcher who wants to save the endangered flamingos that migrate to the wetlands of Kutch.
The film explores the themes of water conservation, environmentalism, human-animal conflict and survival. The film also showcases the culture and landscape of Kutch, with its salt marshes, sand dunes and traditional music. The film was shot in real locations with natural light and minimal resources. The film received positive reviews from critics and won several awards at national and international film festivals. The film was also India's official entry for the Best Picture category at the 86th Academy Awards, but was not nominated.Jal received critical acclaim for its cinematography, music and performances. The film was praised for its realistic portrayal of the harsh conditions and the conflicts faced by the people of Kutch. The film was also lauded for its message of water conservation and environmental awareness. The Times of India gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and wrote, \"The story is stirring, handling several complex issues in the same breath, and yes, that does leave us a bit thirsty. It also needs a better edit. There are over-dramatized scenes (Bakka dragged across the desert) to enhance visual impact, but the solid performances and soundtrack make up for it.\"[^1^]Jal was released on 4 April 2014 in India on 275 screens. The film had a low opening and collected only 8.5 lakh rupees on its first day. The film's total net gross in India was 51.3 lakh rupees, making it a disaster at the box office. The film's budget was estimated to be 6 crore rupees, which it failed to recover. The film also did not perform well overseas and did not have any significant collections. The film's worldwide gross was 70 lakh rupees, which was far below its expectations.[^1^]
The film's poor performance at the box office was attributed to various factors, such as lack of promotion, low star value, niche genre, limited appeal and competition from other releases. The film also faced piracy issues and was leaked online before its release. The film's makers blamed the distributors for not giving the film enough screens and shows. They also claimed that the film was appreciated by the critics and the audience who watched it and that it had a cult following among the fans of cinema.[^1^]Jal was recognized for its technical excellence and artistic merit at various national and international film festivals and awards. The film won the National Film Award for Best Special Effects for the year 2013 at the 61st National Film Awards. The film's special effects were done by Intermezzo Studios, which created realistic visuals of the desert, the water and the flamingos. The film also received a special mention at the New Currents section of the Busan International Film Festival 2013, where it was premiered. The film was also screened at the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India 2013 and at the Jaipur International Film Festival 2014.[^1^]
Jal was also short-listed as an Oscars 2014 contender in the Best Picture Category and the Best Original Score Category. The film advanced in the top 114 films in the Best Original Score Category. The film's music was composed by Sonu Nigam and Bickram Ghosh, who created a fusion of Indian and international sounds with a lot of percussion. The film's title song was sung by Shubha Mudgal and used ragas like Marwa and Puriya combined with rare musical instruments like the Armenian Duduk. The film's screenplay was also invited to the Oscar Library for their permanent core collection.[^2^] [^3^] a474f39169