A boy from an “untouchable” caste strives to impress a socially superior schoolmate in Nagraj Manjule’s exceptional feature debut, “Fandry.”

Beautifully constructing his narrative to form a multidimensional picture of a village in Maharashtra state, the scripter-helmer movingly captures the yearning and humiliation of his young protag along with the societal and family constraints that shackle him. Just when the story becomes most warmhearted, Manjule strikes with a finale of shocking power, testifying to his sophisticated understanding of nuanced storytelling. Winner of the Mumbai festival’s jury grand prize, “Fandry” (the title refers to a type of wild pig).