This Short Film is a Window Seat to India’s Diversity
Move over homogeneity, it’s time to celebrate diversity this Independence Day!
From the towering snow-capped peaks of Kashmir to the lush greens and calming blues of a South Indian coast, counting everything that falls between these geographical extremes — let’s remind ourselves of the beauty of differences.
This is the aim of Kashmir to Kanyakumari, a short film by Tapan Babbar.
The visual and poetic narrative of the film is that of a train journey from the northernmost tip of India to the southernmost point. On board the Himsagar Express, Kashmir to Kanyakumari provides the viewer a window seat to India’s diversity.
Himsagar Express covers a distance of 3,787 kms in 72 hours, making it the second longest railway route in the country. The short film, similar to the train route, takes you through the myriad regions of India, each of which boasts a rich cultural legacy.
The film also reminds you that differences do not always necessitate hierarchies. Folk music from Kashmir may have little in common with Andhra women returning from a pilgrimage, but both are different hues in India’s large cultural canvas.
So, why not let our differences make this Independence Day more colourful?