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Kohima is a music video for an original song written and performed by pop tenor Saahil Bhargava. The heart-wrenching, edgy ballad focuses on the trauma of soldiers at war. Using the backdrop of the Battle of Kohima from World War 2, the story rock music video employs rotoscope animation to explore the despair and desperation that come in the heat of a brutal battle.

  • Saahil Bhargava
    Ronin, Young Captain Nemo
  • Harmeet Rahal
  • Saahil Bhargava
    Young Captain Nemo, KinToons
  • Saahil Bhargava
    Key Cast
    Young Captain Nemo, KinToons
  • Ryan Benyo
    Animation Production
  • Monte Malone
    Animation Production
  • Keshav Dhar
    Animation Production
  • Keshav Dhar
    Mixing and Mastering
  • Neeraj Bhargava
    Executive Producer
    Hasmukh, KinToons
  • Marlene Sharp
    Sonic Boom, Pearl of Wisdom
  • Deborah Gilels
    The World Without You, The Gilligan Manifesto
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Short, Television, Web / New Media, Other
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 15, 2021
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Maya (animation)
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • LA Shorts International Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    July 1, 2021
    Official Selection
  • La Femme Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 16, 2021
    Finalist and Nominee, Best Music Video
  • Golden Movies International Festival
    March 12, 2022
    Quarter Finalist
  • Aporia International Village Film Festival
    Korea, Republic of
    December 15, 2021
    Quarter Finalist
  • Poppy Jasper Film Festival
    San Jose, CA
    United States
    April 15, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Los Angeles Animation Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    December 4, 2021
  • LIFFT India Filmotsav and Awards - World Cine Fest
    December 25, 2021
    Winner, Best Song and Best Animation Music Video
  • Los Angeles
    United States
    January 22, 2022
    Official Selection of Monthly Screening Series
Distribution Information
  • Rainshine Entertainment
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Saahil Bhargava, Harmeet Rahal

Saahil Bhargava is originally from New York but has lived in London and Mumbai before calling Los Angeles home.

After performing in front of a crowd as a young boy, he was hooked and knew he would pursue music.

Saahil enjoys telling stories and exploring interesting concepts and emotions. All of his songs tend to be stories about characters going through emotional experiences or intense moments.

He is musically influenced by a range of artists such as Freddie Mercury, Bono, Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell to Radiohead, Muse, Keane and My Chemical Romance.

Saahil is founder and creative lead of Raijin Entertainment and Kinsane Entertainment.

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Director Statement

From RadioandMusic.com April 19, 2021 interview:

Talking about the song, Saahil says, “I just thought it was an interesting perspective to the narrative of war that we’ve all grown up with. I imagined a soldier who was not driven by winning the war or bringing glory to his people - he just wanted to survive. And that is what the core of this song is all about. This soldier’s desire to get back home, somehow.”