The trailer of the upcoming Anubhav Sinha directorial Bheed, starring Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar, is out which will give you goosebumps throughout. It has once again stirred conversations around one of the most talked about periods of recent times, the Covid-19 pandemic-induced lockdown, which the film called the “darkest times”.
The movie dramatises what happened right after the first lockdown in 2020 and how it affected various socio-economic classes of society. The film, made in black-and-white, makes references to the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan through both images and more overt dialogue from a journalist’s character.
The two minutes 37 seconds trailer video begins with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech addressing the nation in which he announced the full lockdown that would be enforced in a matter of hours. As millions of people, mostly migrant labours were left stranded in cities and attempted to return to their homes and villages, the film takes you down memory lane bringing alive the horror visuals of the days.
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From migrant labours walking miles back home to the privileged classes locked inside their homes, this article will take you through some of the scenes that were an exact visual representation of the horror of the Covid-19 pandemic induced lockdown.
Migrant Workers Walking Miles Back Home
Following the announcement of the sudden nationwide lockdown for the first time, millions of migrant workers who were stranded in major cities without work, food or shelter started walking thousands of miles to return to their homes and villages. As state borders were closed, these labours were beaten and water hoses were deployed by the police to stop their movement who sat in demand of transportation on highways.
15-Year-Old Girl Cycles 1,200 KM With Injured Father
The film portrays the story of Jyoti Kumari who was left with no choice but to cycle 1,200 kms from Gurgaon to her village in Bihar carrying her wounded father, Mohan Paswan. The story of the indomitable courage and persistence of this daughter made headlines at the time and will be remembered in history.
One of the most controversial incidents of the Covid-19 pandemic in India was the Tablighi Jamaat. The film features the effect that the misinformation of Tablighi Jamaat being the biggest spreader of the virus had at the time.
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In March 2020, when Covid-19 cases had just begun claiming lives in India, reports said that over 600 cases were recorded in two days due to 9,000 people attending the Tablighi Jamaat gathering in the Nizamuddin area in New Delhi. India had recorded 2,301 cases in a day, and several Central government ministers had blamed it on a specific community.
The film is scheduled to release in theatres on March 24, 2023.