Moti Bagh, documentary based on the life of a farmer from Uttarakhand becomes India’s official entry to the Oscars


Moti Bagh, a documentary film based on the struggle of a farmer in a remote Himalayan village of has been nominated for the Oscars. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat revealed the good news on Tuesday. He congratulated the director Nirmal Chander Dandriyal for this achievement.

Moti Bagh is based on the life of Vidyadutt, an 83-year-old farmer who grows award-winning radishes and writes poetry and lives in the state’s Pauri Garhwal region. The film, Rawat said, will inspire youths to stay in their villages and work for their communities. "It will help stop migrations from remote areas," he said.

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The chief minister appealed to young farmers to play a role in preventing migration and said they should take advantage of schemes launched by the state government. Vidyadutt left his government job to stay connected to his roots and till his family plot in Sanguda village.

Moti Bagh showcases a pressing problem of how people have left fertile lands and migrated to urban areas to live a more civilized life abandoning agriculture. The film also won first prize in International Documentary Film Festival held in Kerala.

Watch the trailer here:

(Source: PTI/Twitter)