K Bikram Singh will soon be relating another tale about the regeneration of barren land in his new film. He has earlier made two films on the same subject: Rebirth and Jhilmil.

FIVE YEARS ago, the social forestry department in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra cleared several trees from a forest near Nandivse village to plant acacia trees. It did not know that the 4-ha patch was a sacred grove surrounding the temple of a powerful local deity, Kal Bhairon. The villagers, too, joined in because they were paid for the felling and planting.

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