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Pravasi - A Migrant's Tale review: A mirror to our most ugly reality

What happens after work dwindles in cities due to the Covid-19 lockdown?

Audita Bhattacharya
Jul 02, 2021
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What's it about:

The film shows the life and circumstances of a group of migrant labourers who have to head back home after work dwindles in cities due to the covid-19 lockdown.

What's hot:

Despite the fact that the New Year came with new expectations, it's hard to move past the supplication of numerous who lost their employment in the pandemic. In India, the greatest misfortune during the lockdown was the predicament of the migrant labourers.

As India went into a nationwide lockdown, a large number of migrant labourers from different parts of the country had to walk to their homes in far-off regions. Some of them have an enormous weight of bringing in earnings and the pressing factor of taking care of their children. While the torment is too huge to envision and too close to home to even consider explaining, director Vivek Upadhyay endeavored to portray the story in his short film named Pravasi: A Migrant's Tale.

What’s not:

The film could’ve been a more in-depth depiction of the migrant crisis with a special lens on why it happened in the first place. A mass exodus of people being forced to go back home after their daily wages became nil, isn’t a light subject. As important it is to keep a film watchable, a subject so heavy requires no fluff.

Questions need answers and a mirror to reality, often might not be pretty but is the need of the hour. Sometimes less is more, but sometimes more is more. This film needed to be an example of the latter.


Pravasi - A Migrant's Tale is one film that does a decent job at shedding light on the plight of our fellow countrymen.

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