Private Project

Magnum 87

"Magnum 87" is a documentary film that tells the inspiring story of Team Savitar Racing, a group of young engineering students from a college based in the Himalayas who come together to participate in the SAE BAJA 2020 off-road racing event in Indore, India. The film highlights the team's remarkable journey, from the challenges they face during preparation, including heavy snowfall in their college, to the intense competition itself, where they must rely on their collective skills and teamwork to succeed. With stunning racing footage and insightful interviews with the team members, "Magnum 87" is a captivating and uplifting portrayal of the power of teamwork and the pursuit of a common goal."

  • Praveen Semwal
  • Amit Rana
  • Prashant Upadhyay
  • Rahul Singh Rawat
    Director of Photography
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    Sports, Inspiring
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 12 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 30, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - G B Pant Institute of Engineering & Technology
Director Biography - Praveen Semwal

Praveen Semwal is a director hailing from a remote higher Himalayan village. His passion for storytelling and interest in the stories based in this region drew him towards filmmaking. Praveen pursued his graduation in engineering from Uttarakhand but his passion for filmmaking was so intense that he taught himself the craft of filmmaking in the absence of a professional environment for cinema.

Praveen's debut in filmmaking came during his graduation when he created a short commercial for Gatsby, which went on to represent India at the global level in Japan. During his college days in a remote hilly region, Praveen came across an interesting story of students struggling due to geography and lack of resources. This experience laid the foundation for his debut feature-length documentary film, which explores the lives of students living in remote areas and the challenges they face to get an education.

With his debut film, Praveen Semwal showcases his unique perspective and strong voice as a director. His passion for filmmaking and his ability to tell compelling stories make him a director to watch out for in the future.

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Director Statement

My debut feature length documentary film is a heartfelt exploration of the struggles and achievements of engineering students from remote hilly regions in India, where opportunities are scarce and resources are limited. Inspired by my own journey as a filmmaker in a similar environment, I was drawn to these students' tenacity and perseverance in pursuing their dreams despite daunting challenges.

Through their stories, my film not only highlights the intense competition and determination among engineering students, but also sheds light on the broader struggle of people from hilly regions who are often marginalized in mainstream society due to geographical and infrastructural disadvantages. By documenting the students' journey of competing on a national level, I aim to showcase the resilience and resourcefulness of human beings in overcoming the odds to achieve their goals.