Sunpat : Director Rahul Rawat at IFFI52
Sunpat (सुनपट) is the loneliness felt by us and even the nature and mountains, when everyone around leaves. It is the emptiness at a festival ground when crowds deserts the place after the celebrations are over. In his Garhwali film Sunpat Director Rahul Rawat tries to capture this emptiness and void in the ghost villages of Uttarakhand which were left lifeless as a result of migration of its people to urban areas for jobs.
“Due to lack of opportunities people of Uttarakhand for long have been migrating to other parts of the country. These migrations which have happened due to various socio-economic factors has created approximately 1500 ghost villages in the state. More than 4000 villages are left with very few people and due to this the society, culture and tradition of these regions are at stake. I wanted to tell this story and tell people how migration is wreaking havoc in my state.” said Rawat.
Sharing his experience of about making the film, Rawat said the film were inspired by real life people whom they met and interviewed across the state. The shooting of the film was completed in 20 days once the casts were identified.