Times were unprecedented, the nation was locked in their homes but still, some feet kept walking to survive.
The year 2020, turned this into a bitter reality for many with the nationwide lockdown announcement to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. At a time when citizens were required to stay put at their homes, there were millions on the road longing to go back to their villages and loved ones.
Disney+ Hotstar VIP brings Hotstar Specials presents 1232kms, a film to commemorate the indomitable human spirit that shows up in the face of adversity while also highlighting society’s apathetic side.
Produced and Directed by the country’s finest journalist and filmmaker Vinod Kapri who travelled with migrant workers as they pedalled for several hours each day across highways, villages, and towns, the executive producer of the film is Oscar winner Guneet Monga and Smriti Mundhra’s Meralta Films and is creatively shaped by the veteran film editor, Hemanti Sarkar.
Dodging the police at check-posts, swimming across the mighty Ganga, and fighting a constant battle against hunger and exhaustion – their journey was filled with innumerable challenges, but also with several heartwarming stories of kindness.
From the friendly truckers who offered them a ride, to Dhaba owners who provided them meals, this film inspires each one of us to be more considerate towards one another especially in the time of need. Elevating this real-life story with striking soulful music is the legendary lyricist Gulzar Saab along with the industry finest music composer Vishal Bhardwaj. Bringing alive the heartfelt emotions of the migrants’ journey is the flawless and strong voice of Rekha Bhardwaj and Sukhwinder Singh.
Director Vinod Kapri said, “2020 has been an eye-opener for the entire world, and the journey of these migrants as they undertook the longest route to return home taught me the biggest lesson i.e smallest of help in the time of need can go a long way and save lives. When I got to know about these 7 men, I wanted to help and capture their journey in order to make people aware of their plight. Traveling with them, as they cycled for about 16 hours and covered almost 160 km every single day for one week, and seeing the ordeals of all the others like them who were experiencing the same, was a life-changing experience for me. We are really honored to showcase their struggles through 1232 Kms releasing on Disney+ Hotstar VIP for everyone to see.”
Live this long yet inspiring journey in Hotstar Specials presents 1232 KMS this 24th March only on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.