Bahadur - The Brave

A nationwide lock-down is imposed in India during the coronavirus pandemic. While all Nepalese migrant labourers are boarding the vans to leave for Nepal, Hansi sees this as an opportunity to earn more money for his ailing son in the emerging labour crises. His brother-in-law, Dil Bahadur, offers him illegal work in a godown. One day they find alcohol there that they sneak out for fun. Things take a tragic turn when Dil Bahadur is accused of stealing money instead. Hansi encourages him to leave for Nepal. However, Nepal has closed its border during the pandemic and the migrants have no place to go. Their innocent mischief has led to a tragedy of an irretrievable accord, ignorant of the pawns they have become at the mercy of the bigger powers at play.

  • Diwa Shah
  • Diwa Shah
  • ThomasAjay Abraham Arikkat
  • Visvesh Sing Sehrawat
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Bahadur - The Brave
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    1 hour 22 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 14, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    70,000 USD
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    Hindi, Nepali
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Director Biography - Diwa Shah

Diwa Shah has studied Creative Writing from the esteemed Durham University, UK. Ever since, she has written two novels that are at the verge of being published. She has also worked as an assistant director alongside her national-award winning mother, Shalini Shah, on many films. She has written lyrics for the song of the movie, Samosa and Sons, that is yet to be released. Bahadur is her first feature length project that got selected in the WIP Lab by NFDC Film Bazaar.

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Director Statement

Bahadur dwells on the vulnerable plight of the poverty stricken Nepalese migrant labourers in India. The tragic existence of an open border such as India and Nepal share despite the fluid travel to and fro. The story is set in the times of the corona-virus pandemic; it highlights the distressed situation of the migrants desperate to reach their homes. ‘We wouldn’t die of the disease, we would die of hunger.’ I grew up in a small hill station at the foothills of the Himalayas – Nainital. There were a lot of Nepalese migrants around us since childhood, they had weaved themselves into our society and it was difficult to imagine the hills without them. During the lockdown, I witnessed their exhausting situation and it became imperative for me to pen their heart wrenching stories down.