It’s a great paradox that for meeting out the drinking water requirement of more than 2 crore population of national Capital Delhi, water is being fetched from a distance of more than 300 kilometer from Giri river in Sirmour district of Himachal. That too at the cost of displacement of about 2500 families of 25 villages living on the both banks of river Giri for their livelihood. Again, Himachal will soon witness displacement like Bhakra and Pong Dam and oustees will be left at their fate to run from pillar to post for shelter and livelihood. The debut documentary film of Mela Ram Sharma "IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE" brings forth the travails and lurking danger of displacement of the innocent and peace loving people of the villages which will be submerged in the dam. While portraying the sufferings and painful displacement of the affected families, the film also dwells on the deep nuances attached with the cultural moorings of the area and a civilization that took centuries to develop and establish its distinct identity. It's true that government has disbursed compensation amount to the oustees but the question of their resettlement and livelihood remains to be answered for which government seems to be highly insensitive and unconcerned. Numerous interview of affected families narrate their stories of grief which has stepped into their doorstep and they all are living in an atmosphere of fear and danger. The film raises many questions like the identity crisis and havoc being wreaked on the rich cultural and socio economic society with no ray of hope in the end of the dark tunnel of displacement.

  • Mela Ram Sharma
  • Dr. Sandeep Sharma, Rajendra Rajan
  • Mela Ram Sharma
  • Mela Ram Sharma
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  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 10, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 USD
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    Afghanistan, Albania, Antarctica, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium
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    Full HD
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  • Best Documentary Film of State Award during 4th Internation Film Festival of Shimla 2018
    October 15, 2018
    Best Documentary Film of State Award during 4th International Film Festival of Shimla 2018
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  • Mela Ram Sharma
    Country: India
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Director Biography - Mela Ram Sharma

Name : Mela Ram Sharma

Date of Birth: 8th April,1959

Present Address: Haripur Bhawan, Anji, Lower Vikasnagar, Shimla-171009

Edu. Qualification: (i)Graduation.
(i)Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism.
(ii) Film Appreciation Course of FTII, Pune & NFAI org. by HP IPR, Shimla.

Professional Experience: (i) Retired as Deputy Director from Information
& Public Relations,H.P. Govt. Shimla-
38 years Service in HP IPR Deptt.
(ii) Serveed as Press Secretary to Governor Himachal for 5 years.
(III) Served as Film & Photo Officer for 5 years
(iv) Produced 18 Documentaries , Short films & Folk Music Albums on Culture,Religion
and Tourism of Himachal Pradesh.

Organisation: (i) Devbhoomi Telefilms, Shimla-171009.
(ii) Devbhoomi Digital Recording Studio,
Garg Bhawan, Panthaghati Shimla-9.

Works: (i) Book entitled "Thirathraj Shri Renuka ji"
(ii) Ever beigest Photo Exhibition of my Photographs organized by HP Art, Culture & Language Department, Shimla at Gaiety Theatre Tavern Hall.
(iii) Photo Exhibition at FTI Art Gallery, Chd.
(iv) Produced about 50 Audio and Video Albums of Himachali Folk Artists.
(v) Organized more then 7000 Folk Media Shows/Nukkar Nataks/Street Plays upto village level in the State of H.P.
(vi) Published hundreds of Articles and Features on various topics in renowned Magazines and News papers.
Awards: (i) Swargandha Award for Journalism,Art & Culture.
(ii)Punjab Sahitya Kala Academy Award,2014.
(iii) Best Documentary Film of State Award to the Film "IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE" during
IFFS,2018 held from from 12th to 14th Oct,2018

Hobbies: Writing,Reading,Film making, Journalism, Photography, Travelling, Cooking, Driving .

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Director Statement

Oned must feel human grief as we have in this Documentary.