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The Man who Dwarfed the Mountains

Directed by Ruchi Shrivastava | |

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Seldom do a man’s deeds loom so large that they dwarf the very mountains from where they emanate. One such person is Chandi Prasad Bhatt, who has strong claims to being the first modern Indian environmentalist, and arguably also its greatest. Bhatt was one of the pioneers of the Chipko movement, not just a fight for protecting forests and environment, but a struggle for protecting and renewing livelihoods. The Film seeks to decipher the life, the motivation and work of a man who silently changed the paradigm of environment activism in India and has been described by Ramchandra Guha as one of the finest Indians alive today.

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Ruchi started as a journalist and moved to general entertainment in television. She has worked on multiple non-fiction formats for over a decade and has now created a niche for herself in Food Media. Creating content for MasterChef India for the past four years, she has just launched ‘Greed Goddess Media’. She runs a small campaign called ‘Light a Smile’ which bridges the gap between food and the needy.

Sumit started his career working as an assistant to directors Aziz Mirza, Saeed Mirza and Meghna Gulzar on various feature films and documentaries. He made his first independent documentary for PSBT on the lives of assistant directors in the Mumbai film industry. Since then, he has made numerous documentaries, corporate films and promos for feature films. He was associate producer on the acclaimed film Parzania. His film Mere Desh ki Dharti won the National Award for the Best Investigative Film. His latest work, A Movement, A World, A Cinema – the Indian New Wave, will be screened at the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai.

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