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The regional film scenerio in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand is gaining ground with the government of Uttarakhand also taking innovative interest in reviving the official film body but still lot needs to be done to encourage national and regional film makers to produce quality movies in the hilly environs full of serene beauty and conducive pleasent climate.

Of late, the Uttarakhandi artistic talents have shown tremendous amount of interest in regional film making and also their active participation in Bollywood. While Uttarakhand cultural and folk presentations are quite popular worldwide amongst the people of Uttarakhand with legendery singers and musicians like Narendra Singh Negi, late Gopal Babu Goswami, late Chandra Singh Rahi, Heera Singh Rana, Kishan Mahipal, Gajendra Chouhan, Kalpana Chouhan, Rajendra Chouhan, Hema Negi Karsai etc having already made their mark and special contribution to promote the regional Garhwali Kumaon dialects and culture through their melodious songs, prominent actors and producers like Urmi Negi, Late Khanna Sahab, and scores of Uttarakhandi actors including those in Bollywood films like Hemant Pandey, Deepak Dobriyal, Brijendra Kala, Govind Pandey , Himani Shivpuri and Tigmanshu Dhulia have also contributed handsomely to prove their artistic talents and mettle in acting and direction.

Though, there is no dearth of CD films and songs of Uttarakhand flooding the local market with thousands of CD on sale but in terms of exclusive quality things are still on the back bench. Conclusively,we can say that due to the dearth of budget and the lack of governmental support and encouragement to promote regional film making, the desperate rush of low budget CD films and songs have degraded the quality aspect of these productions dominating by quantity.

Though, Uttarakhand has witnessed large screen films like Jagwal, Kabhi Sukh Kabhi Dukh, fyoli, Ghar Jawain, Bhuli E Bhuli etc with number of films still lying in cold storage but after a long time an outstanding Garhwali film produced by SNOWY MOUNTAIN FILM COMPANY owned by prominent actress and producer URMI NEGI, of Pauri Garhwal, living in Mumbai for a long time has made record of sorts by producing an extraordinary Garhwali movie that became super duper hit in Delhi, Mumbai, Pauri, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Roorkie, Lansedown and several other parts of the country. In fact the people of Uttarakhand in and around the 17 year old state have for the very first time fulfilled there desire and hunger for a magnificient movie that was perfect and extraordinare from all aspects viz. carrying a social message, full of sequential passionate story, outstanding cinematography, lovely scenes, precision in dialogues, mesmerising songs and music of legendary singer Narendra Singh Negi and melodious woman co singer Anuradha Nirala, fantastic script and excellent aura which kept the audience tied to their seats for three complete hours, not ready to leave theatres even after the film ended.

The film titled SUBHERU GHAM produced by prestigious Snowy mountain productions with the producer Urmi Negi herself playing the lead role of its heroine made the audience cry in sorrow with the fantastic story line and dialogues. The film was viewed by lacs of students, women from rural and urban areas, youths, middle and old aged and the educated and appreciated by one and all. Produced with a whopping budget of over 90 lacs, the producer has covered the entire amount because the movie being a block bustre in box office n super duper hit in Uttarakhand and the theatres of the cities, towns and metropolises like Delhi and Mumbai satisfied the long pending urge of cinemagoers for an excellent movie like this.

The outstanding quality of this regional Uttarakhandi film in Garhwali dialect titled Subheru Gham meaning early morning sunshine, has been for the very first time selected in the Canada film festival and screened for the international audience as well. This was the first ever Uttarakhandi film having been selected and screened in any international film festival. Primarily hailing from Pauri Gaon, Pauri Garhwal Urmi Negi shifted to Mumbai about 35 year ago and have carved a niche for herself in Bollywood and regional film industry by the dint of her hard work, commitment, intelligence, perfection and perseverence, having produced and acted in big screen regional movies like Ghar Jawain, Fyoli, Kauthig and hindi movies Sautan, serial Tijori, Swami Dada of Devanand and several plays including regional Marathi, Bhojpuri, Nepali and Punjabi films also.

She had been honoured with prestigious Kala Shree award, golder award of competition success and scores of other prestigious regional awards at the hands of the Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat and several state ministers. After the resounding success of Subheru Gham highly talented and versalite actor Urmi Negi is currently producing documentaries for discovery channel and also working on her new project of a fantastic Garhwali film to be in our midst in two years or so. Good luck to her.


Strange, shocking and ridiculous things are happening in Uttarakhand these days.

I have recieved a press clipping of a news published in Rashtriya Sahara,Uttarakhand edition with a Pauri date line,in my FBmessenger box send by one of my wellwishers’, regarding the identification of the authentic Uttarakhand movement activists who had contributed dedicatedly and relentlessly during the separate UK movement by way of their participation in the long phase of struggle, thus being an important person enabling his or her pivotal role in getting separate statehood.

The govt of UK had been doing this at the decentralized level to identify such genuine people who were arrested, or the important part of the movement so that they can be issued an official identity card declaring them as UTTARAKHAND ANDOLANKARI, who could further be officially liable for certain benefits or privileges.

In one of the instances as per the news clipping, one of the official member of Uttarakhand ANDOLAKARI PARISHAD namely Mrs Beera Bhandari of Pauri has officially identified and recommended her own son who wasn’ t even born during the movement phase 1994. Not only this but those who were addmitted in Pauri hospital during the movement days undergoing treatment for simple ailments like fewel and loose motions were also recomended for the official andolankari status showing them to have been injred fr injuries while participating in the demonstrations pertaining to the separate hill state. Sounds shocking.

There are few other examples of such manipulations putting the government in the dark and misusing the official position. On can easily come to the conclusion that if this is the doubtful status n modus operandie of this Uttarakhand movement identification exercise in one district what is the guarantee that things would be moving in right direction elsewhere.

Actually after the formation of separate Uttarakhand state in 2000, the new government had established a full fledged UTTARAKHAND RAJYA AANDOLANKARI PARISHAD, having the full fledged vice chairman of state cabinet rank. Its primary job was to identify AANDOLANKARIES from all over the state under certain criterias so that they are officially declared the Uttarakhand movement activists and sanctioned a pension or a job depending upon their eligibility.

But the way things are moving the real and genuine andolankaries have expressed there reservation and apprehensions over the selection process accusing the powers that be of alleged nepotism and favoritism.



Today is the black day and has been registered in the history of Uttarakhand. The 1.25 crore inhabitants of the 17 year old state could never forget 2nd September, 1994 when the merciless, most inhuman and barbaric police without any provocation, fired from point blank range and killed innocent separate state movement activists Belamati Chouhan and Hansa Dhanai and four others namely Balbir Singh etc who were democratically raising anti establishment slogans and demanding separate state out of undivided Uttar Pradesh then ruled by the anti people and erroneous  Samajwadi party and its chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. Mussourie was the epicentre of outstandingly spontaneous Uttarakhand movement after Pauri where for the very first time Uttrakhand’s Matra Shakti ( women power) Belamati Chouhan and Hansa Dhanai the relentless women fighter n four other andolankaries were brutally martyred from point blank range and hundreds of others injured by the reckless anti people and ruthless police thus mobilising the movement in whole of Uttarakhand and nationally.

The notorious murderous police were so high-handed and brutal that those who opposed their illegal and reckless actions were also dealt with severely and the then DIG Umakant Tripathi was also horrendously killed from the point blank range. Twenty-three years ago on this day, Mussouri had become the ground of blood bath where six innocent demonstrators were mercilessly lynched in broad day light as if anarchy prevailed in Mussouri. As a result, the news spread like wild fire and the movement gained tremendous momentum at Pauri where hundreds of thousands of Uttarakhand activists demonstrated at the district magistrate’s office and courted arrest. Hundreds of activists were lathi-charged and put behind bars. It was Mussouri’s lynching that later on gave Uttarakhand movement a national character finally leading to the fulfilment of the Separate Uttarakhand demand on 9th November 2000. But sadly after the sacrifice of Belamati Chouhan, Hansa Dhanai, Balbir Singh and three others and those martyred at Khatima, Dehradun and Mujaffar Nagar Rampur tri-junction on 2nd October 1994,  Uttarakhand has not fulfilled the aspirations and expectations of those who’d sacrificed their precious lives for achieving separate statehood. Eight chief ministers in merely 17 years and the state witnessing more than thirty lakh villagers migrating to cities, towns and metropolises for want of jobs, health and educational options and facilities. State literally sold out to liquor, land and mining mafias. Politicians filling their bellies’ with wealth. Nepotism at its peak and corruption taking the front seat. Women, youths in total disarray. State in a fiscal deficit of 37 thousand crores and politics of Aaya Ram Gaya Ram gaining ground than resolving core issue of peoples’ concern.

People of the state while extending their most revered heartfelt tributes to these brave and courageous martyrs wonder what did they really achieved after so much of sacrifices? Corruption, politician, liquor, mining  mafia and thekedar nexus, a huge fiscal deficit state bereft of employment opportunities, lacking health and job avenues, locks in 2 lakh village houses, Uttarakhand with 32 lakh migrations and closure of more than three thousand village houses finally pronouncing it an UTTARAKHAND OF RICH POLITICIANS CONFINED TO LOOK AFTER THE INTERESTS OF THE PLAINS NOT THE VILLAGES. What do you say, friends?