At a time when citizens were required to stay put at their homes, there were millions on the road longing to go back to their villages and loved ones. One year after the beginning of the lockdown, Vinod Kapri is telling the story of the largest human exodus since Partition through 1232kms, a film to commemorate the indomitable human spirit that shows up in the face of adversity while also highlighting the society’s apathetic side.
Kapri travelled with migrant workers as they pedaled for several hours each day across highways, villages and towns. From the friendly truckers who offered them a ride, to dhaba owners who provided them meals, this film captures each aspect of their journey.
Elevating this real-life story with soulful music is lyricist Gulzar Saab along with the music composer Vishal Bhardwaj. Singers Rekha Bhardwaj and Sukhwinder Singh have lent their voices to the film.
Watch the trailer here:
Vinod Kapri said, “2020 has been an eye opener for the entire world, and the journey of these migrants as they undertook the longest route to return home taught me the biggest lesson i.e smallest of help in the time of need can go a long way and save lives. When I got to know about these 7 men, I wanted to help and capture their journey in order to make people aware of their plight. Travelling with them, as they cycled for about 16 hours and covered almost 160 kms every single day for one week, and seeing the ordeals of all the others like them who were experiencing the same, was a life changing experience for me. We are really honored to showcase their struggles through 1232 Kms releasing on Disney+ Hotstar VIP for everyone to see."
1232 KMS will be streaming from March 24 on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.