Private Project

BULLET

This film is the first phase documentation on affected people of Bullet Train project which is a dream project of India's Prime Minister Mr. Modi. The film investigates that how this no-sense project piercing into the lives of families dependent on their land to make living through farming or running business units. Men and women are losing means and hopes for their livelihood because of an unnecessary, unwarranted and unwanted but much hyped developmental project of Bullet Train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. How just a signature on a paper called legislation is forcing thousands of people to be uprooted from their own land and devastating their lives. The policy makers have introduced the overnight policy changes and legislation to facilitate the project and ignored thousands of people’s human rights to live and livelihood. The film also shows great anomalies in systems of compensation and rehabilitation, land acquisition for the project and packages announced by Gujarat government.

  • Dakxin Bajrange (Chhara)
    Director
    Sameer, Toiletwale, Birth 1871, Sundarana, Broken Gods
  • Gujarat Khedut Samaj
    Producer
  • Dakxin Chhara
    Editor
  • Baylon Fonseca
    Sound Design
    Raees, Zindagi Na milegi Dobara
  • Sheeraz Khan
    BGM
  • After Studio
    DI
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 1 minute 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 12, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Language:
    English, Gujarati
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16.9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Peer Review Screening
    Ahmedabad
    India
    July 12, 2019
    Peer Review Screening
Director Biography - Dakxin Bajrange (Chhara)

Dakxinkumar Bajrange is an award winning filmmaker, playwright, director and an activist from the Chhara De-notified Tribes of Ahmedabad in the western part of India. He is a recipient of Ford Foundation International Fellowship (2010-11) to study Graduate studies in ‘Theatre and Global Development’ at the University of Leeds, UK. His book ‘Budhan Bolta Hai’ (Budhan Speaks) got first prize for "Mahatma Gandhi Best Creative Writing on Human rights" by National Human rights Commission (NHRC) for 2010-11. He is also a recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Arts Fellowship (2004-05) and Bhasha Fellowship (2002-03) to study art forms of nomadic and de-notified communities in Gujarat. Currently, he works as an “Artistic Director” at Budhan Theatre (www.budhantheatre.org ) which is a community theatre group of the Chhara de-notified tribe of Gujarat and also a founding director of Nomad Movies Pvt Ltd.

As a Filmmaker, he directed 70 fiction and non-fiction films on various development and political issues of India. His films are widely screened in Film Festivals and universities in India and abroad. He is the winner of South Asia documentary film award Jeevika-2005 for his film ‘Fight for Survival’. His most recent film is on De-notified Tribes of India entitled ‘Birth 1871’ which recently screened in 11universities of USA and Canada and 5 UK universities. From 2008 to 2010, He has worked as an Associate Director with renowned Documentary Filmmaker Mr. Rakesh Sharma on his three films on political issues of Gujarat (1) Chet’ta Rejo (2) Khedu Mora Re (3) Kesariyo Kono. Bajrange. He also runs his film company called Nomad Movies (p) Ltd which provides production and post-production facilities to make fiction and non-fiction films. For more info, please visit, www.nomadmoviesinc.com

He has written and Directed 11 plays and Supervised 46 Theatre Productions of Budhan Theatre and performed more than 700 shows in different part of India. He has conducted number of theatre Workshops for community development in marginalized communities, schools, colleges and institutions, trained more than 300 Actors and founded number of Theatre Groups. He has co-ordinated and organized Gujarat’s biggest community theatre festival called ‘Ahmedabad Theatre Festival’ (ATF) in 2012

Mr. Bajrange is an author of two books ‘Budhan Bolta Hai’ (2010)’ in Hindi and the play ‘Budhan’, in Hindi and English published by Bhasha Research and Publication Centre. ‘Budhan Bolta Hai’ (Budhan Speaks) is also published in Marathi language published by Ranade Publication, Pune. His academic publications have appeared in Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography, Liffey Press Ireland, Seminar India, Bhasha Research and Publication Centre, Penguin India, Malayalam Manorama, Budhan News Letter, Padmagandha Publication. He has also presented papers in many reputed national and international conferences in India, USA, UK, Canada and gave talks on Theatre and Films including United Nations in 2007.

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Director Statement

What is the definition of development? Development for whose cost? India's Prime MInister Mr. Modi is in rush to bring "Development" but in this mindless rush, thousands of...millions of people are affecting...they are loosing their livelihood, land, houses, shops and they are forced to migrate because of so called "Development" projects. Bullet Train is one of no-sense project taking place from Ahmedabad to Mumbai and that will cost 1.1 trillion USD, will affect more then 5000 households. Nature Parks, Natural Mangroves and tribal land which is violation of fifth schedule of constitution of India. When there are hundreds of options are available for travel between Ahmedabad and Mumbai than brining Bullet Train is a dangerous, hazardous and horrific nonsense idea.

The films travels from Ahmedabad to Vapi (Areas to be affected by Bullet Train project in Gujarat) and investigate regressive and unconstitutional land acquisition of farmers land in rural part and shop owners in urban areas. This film follows an advocate Anand Yagnik who is fighting land acquisition cases in Hon. Gujarat High Court. By conducting small meeting, he is trying to educate peasants for their legal rights, fair compensation and legal information before they give up their land for Bullet Train Project.

This first phase documentation questions what is development? for whom? and for whose cost? In coming months, this film will be screened in affected areas, in villages, in small towns and in tribal areas in Gujarat and Mumbai to educate Bullet Train project affected people about their rights.

This film also aims to sensitise Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) who is funding the project and urge them to follow their own guideline to fund the said project.