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Government and Netflix join hands to film inspirational stories of Indian changemakers

The Government has collaborated with Netflix to make inspirational films on Indian changemakers (Pic. Courtesy PIB)

Making the celebration of the country’s 75 years of Independence Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav more meaningful and people oriented, the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Singh Thakur today launched “Azadi Ki Amrit Kahaniya”. This initiative presents inspirational stories of Indians in varied fields like women empowerment, environment and sustainability and others in short videos.

The first set of videos feature seven women changemakers who share their experiences in breaking the glass ceiling and talk about what “Azadi” means for them.

These short video series are being made in collaboration with Netflix and according to Thakur, “this initiative aims to bring out inspiring stories of Indians and these stories shall motivate and empower more people to achieve their goals". These two-minute short films have been shot in different locations across the country and are narrated by seasoned actor, Neena Gupta.

Three of the seven changemakers whose videos were released today — Basanti Devi, Padma-award winning environmentalist from Pithoragarh known for her contribution towards revitalizing the Kosi river; Anshu Jamsenpa, a Padma Shri awardee for being the first woman in the world to summit Mount Everest twice in five days in 2017; and Harshini Kanhekar, the first female firefighter in India — were present at the event


Other changemakers include Poonam Nautiyal, a healthcare worker who walked miles across Bageshwar district in Uttarakhand to vaccinate everyone; Tessy Thomas, the first woman scientist to head a missile project in India; Tanvi Jagadish, India's first competitive woman stand-up paddleboarder and Aarohi Pandit, the world's youngest and first woman pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean solo in a light-sport aircraft.

Trailers offering a sneak peek into the series were also released.

Sharing details about the initiative, the Minister said: "Netflix will be producing 25 videos on themes including women empowerment, environment and sustainable development and other days of significance. Netflix will produce two-minute short films for the Ministry which will be shared on social media platforms and telecast on Doordarshan network.”

These films will also be available on Netflix and will soon be made available in other languages like Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, English and Malayalam to ensure their wider reach.