Today is a special day. Because you’re about to see one of the most meaningful films made on trekking.
It’s called Heroes of Himalayas.
After a long long time, we’re seeing a documentary that’s not only worth watching, but has also left every single one of us who saw the first screening teary eyed.
Ambuj Gupta is the filmmaker behind this. It took him almost a year to make this film. The film releases today. In this film he brings in his perspective of Indiahikes’ Green Trails initiative.
The story behind this film
Ambuj Gupta of Searchglass films has been making films and documentaries for quite some time. His documentary “Community” on stray dogs earned critical acclaim.
Almost two years ago, Ambuj wrote to us, wanting to make a documentary on the Indiahikes’ Green Trails initiative.
The Searchglass team had heard a lot about our Green Trails initiative and wanted to explore it deeper.
“When Ambuj approached us to make the documentary, we were a bit skeptical. Though many filmmakers have tried to make a film on Green Trails, rarely has anyone been able to showcase Green Trails with the depth it requires. We were wary of that,” shares Arjun Majumdar, the founder of Indiahikes.
Nevertheless, we gave Ambuj a green signal.
The Searchglass team approached the project very differently. They first went to our Sandakphu trail, documenting the Green Trails processes there. They interviewed an entire cross section of people.
Then they travelled to our office in Bangalore to understand Green Trails better. “They shot extensively at our office. After their shoot, we didn’t hear from them for the rest of the year!” shares Lakshmi Selvakumaran, who was then heading the Green Trails team.
It was only after almost a year that Ambuj resurfaced. They had been working on the film all the time! That’s when he shared the first cut of his film with us.
True to that last statement, most of us at Indiahikes were left teary-eyed by the end of the 38 minute film.
“This documentary shows the world the true emotion behind Green Trails. It helped all of us zoom out, see it from an outside perspective and realise how powerful Green Trails really is,” shares Neha Satheesan, who heads the Green Trails initiative now.
In a gist, Neha captures how all of us felt about this documentary.
“My hope with this beautifully captured documentary is that it makes the Green Trails vision everyone’s vision for trekking in India,” says Lakshmi Selvakumaran, who now heads the Experience Team at Indiahikes.
Give the film a watch. If you’re an Indiahiker, you’ll be extremely proud that you’re a part of this community.
And if you’re not an Indiahiker, you’ll still love the film. This film on the Heroes of Himalayas is a terrific documentary.
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