New Delhi: Powerful visuals that capture a nightmarish reality, leave you shell shocked with a series of overlapping questions. Questions which reflect the helplessness of people who have stopped hoping for change, questions which pop up unfailingsly every year, questions which perhaps will by the sheer force of visual impact, force authorities that be, to find answers which will prevent a city from sinking.
Aerial view of a flooded Mumbai in the monsoon of 2006
Mumbai’s floods of 2006 may be a dream project for a creative visualizer but imagine the predicament of a people who resign to their fate every time monsoons pass them by. The city, which is supposed to be the commercial capital of the country, grinds to a hault and all the magic and romance associated with monsoons remains confined to outpourings of playwrights, song writers and film makers.
Documenting with research and on camera
Miditech, an independent production house, took it upon themselves to graphically depict the aftermath of the floods which devastated India’s financial capital, a city which Vilas Rao Deshmukh, Chief Minister, Maharashtra, desired to remodel on the lines of Shanghai!
Premiered on National Geographic on 15 July 2007, it traced the siege of Mumbai which came to a standstill for over 48 hours. Along with some high quality images, it has excerpts from interviews with meteorological experts and environmentalists, who opine on what went wrong and what needs to be addressed for future.
Had it not been for thousands of good Samaritans, casualities would have been higher
Recognition is round the corner
The documentary has been nominated for the CMS Vatavaran Film Festival Directorate in the 4th Competitive Environment and Wildlife Film Festival in the Indian Category: Festival Theme: Climate Change.
P. N Vasanti, Director, Centre for Media Studies (CMS) said that the initiative attempted at sensitizing the Indian public about environmental issues while highlighting complexities of conservation through the use of a creative medium like cinema.