In the backdrop of Globalization, Indian Economy started acquiring a new face of modernization through liberalization over the last 20 yrs. Glittering Malls & Marts were seen as some of the symbols of modernization. City dwellers who were solely dependent on Kiraana (neighborhood) Stores getting attracted to Malls & Marts leading to societal turmoil forms the subject of ”Bharat Stores”
Bharathi has come to Bengaluru from America after nine years with her husband Sharath. She had promised her father that she would repay his dues to Mr Govinda Shetty.
The queries to that effect went in vain.
Now the frantic search begins. By the fruition of a dedicated search, she meets Chandru and Manjunath, who had worked in that shop. Chandru tells her how he learnt along with the tricks of the trade, to be humane from him. Manjunath tells her, he stayed in the shop till the end until Shetty was hospitalized. He brings her to the Old Age Home. Bharathi finds Shetty there gazing at nothing, having stopped speaking for months and unable to react to her.
Globalisation and Liberalisation brought the countries nearer. It is a couple of decades India also accepted these, resulting in the gradual change in the lifestyle. Malls and Marts popped up. New ethics and style of business were adapted. Curious clientele gradually were being attracted to the Mall culture. Repercussion was the deteriorating retail, small and box shops. Govinda Shetty too was a victim of the Tsunami of this dangerous evolution. It is the status of lakhs and lakhs of those like him.
On 14th Sept 2012, Central Cabinet of India approved 51% Foreign Direct Investment in Multi-Brand Retail in pursuit of its Economic Reforms. Public Debate followed this Breaking News. The story of Bharat Stores was born as a natural reaction.
Before this, in 1991, Government had opened itself to liberalization of Indian Economy. Present Prime Minister was then the Finance Minister. In these intervening years, India has been a witness to many changes in our Economic Policies.
In this backdrop, interaction with Owners of Kirana Shops, Road-side Small Traders, and Consumers threw up many viewpoints. Implications of the impending competition was clearly the main issue, and writing on the wall as they could see was that it would be difficult to face Competition ,and these neighborhood shops would see a natural, but sad end sooner than later, and these present Owners could survive only as Workers elsewhere in days to come.
Bharat Stores took the final shape as a film in the process of exploration of the socio-cultural implications of this development.
Govt of India took certain steps which gave its Socialistic Economy a tilt towards Free Market Economy
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for Cash & Carry in Wholesale was permitted
India announced the opening of FDI in multi brand retail
After heated debates, Govt of India secured vote of approval in both houses of Parliament for its FDI policy
Producer – Basanthkumar Patil, Amrutha Patil
Story-screenplay-dialogues-direction – P.Sheshadri
Cinematography – Mahendra Simha
Music – V.Manohar
Editior – Kemparaju B S
Govinda Shetty – H.G.Dattatreya
Bharathi – Sudharani
Sharath – Chi.Gurudatt
Damodar – V.Manohar
Military Rajanna – M.P.Venkatrao
Balki – Shringeri Ramanna
Vasavi – Deepa Iyer
Ramya – Suryakala
Manjunath – Prasad Cherkadi