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“High Power”, the maiden directorial venture of Pradeep Indulkar

D'un Renard "High Power" is a The documentary made on displaced people of Tarapur Nuclear Power plant, in the State of Maharashtra, India, closed to Mumbai city (Bombay).

With a total capacity of 1400 MW, Tarapur is the largest nuclear power station in India. The boiling water reactors at Tarapur 1 and 2 units are similar to the reactors involved in the Fukushima I nuclear accidents.

Yellow Oscar for Indian film at Uranium Film Festival 31 May 2013

A documentary on the people displaced by the coming up of Tarapur Atomic Power Station, India‘s first nuclear plant near Mumbai, has bagged the Yellow Oscar at the Uranium Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 27-minute documentary, titled “High Power”, was the maiden directorial venture of Pradeep Indulkar, an anti-nuclear activist from Ratnagiri, coastal Maharashtra.

“My documentary received unprecedented response at the festival and was screened several times, besides special screening in Rio de Janeiro colleges. The issue tackled in it is true for almost all the nuclear plants and the truths they leave behind,” Indulkar told IANS from Brazil.

Chandrasen Arekar, a displaced farmer from Tarapur, Thane district, received the award to a thundering ovation, from the chief guest, Junko Watanabe, the last survivor of Hiroshima nuclear holocaust during World War II.

In his acceptance speech, Indulkar said that apart from all the sorrows and distress highlighted by the documentary, the Yellow Oscar was a golden moment in his life as a filmmaker.

“I accept this award on behalf of all nuclear project affected people of Tarapur and I dedicate it to all those farmers and fishermen who lost their land, home and livelihood for the nuclear power plant,” Indulkar said at the awards ceremony Sunday night in the Brazilian capital.

Incidentally, Indulkar is among the leading personalities opposing the proposed 9,900 MW Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant coming up with French collaboration in Ratnagiri.

Bouyed by the response to the documentary, Indulkar has submitted it for several international film festivals including India-Japan Film Fest in Japan, a film festival in Stuttgart, Germany and later at the Mumbai International Film Festival.

About the release of the documentary in India, Indulkar said the Indian censors have restricted the movie release only through DVD.

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Indian Film on Tarapur Nuclear Project “High Power’ nominated for Yellow Oscar #mustshare (

Like the Oscar we all know is held every year for the entertainment industry, an Awards Ceremony called as Yellow Oscar is too held every year. The films relating to the Nuclear Energy, Atomic Energy, Nuclear Power Plants etc. are entitled to receive the Most Prestigious Yellow Oscar.

This year around 175 films participated in this festival held in Rio-de-Janerio, Brazil of which “High Power” won the Yellow Oscar. And yes.. It is an Indian Film! I take pride in announcing that it was Written & Directed by My Uncle Mr. Pradeep Indulkar. The most important need here was - the Finance. Their team made an appeal to the people through newspapers. This appeal was read by "Mr. Uddhav Thackeray" and he immediately called Mr. Indulkar to help him with Rs. 2 lacs. He was a savior! Without his help it was impossible to attend the Oscar Ceremony at Brazil. We have no words to express our Feelings & Gratitude towards Mr. Thackeray. Like Father… Like Son! Thank You So much Sir.

The film spoke about the ill effects of the Nuclear Power Plant of Tarapur, Maharashtra. The victims had a platform to express what they are facing day in day out. Someone had his face tuning red suddenly, someone had half of his body getting swollen, People dying due to cancer and kidney failures are just common now, women in the village had their menstruation periods for 15days continuously. You need not re-read it… Yes you read it right... 15days! A teenage girl of 17 or 18yrs of age is exposed to Breast Cancer that would be detected 30 -35yrs later, where she would be in her mid-age with her kids young. Desperately needing their mother… And the mother Passes away! At times there are no names for these diseases, no medicines that can be prescribed and hence people have to watch their beloved die.

And the Government now plans a similar power plant at Jaitapur, Maharashtra. That will be a real Giant! The Tarapur plant has an operational capacity of 1400MW and the Jaitapur Proposed plant will have a capacity of 9900MW. The heat generated out of this plant will be tremendous and the Fisheries industry of Nate (A village nearby) and Ratnagiri worth 500cr Exports will come to an end. The Alphanso known as the Hapus Mango exports which is a major contributor to the country’s GDP will come to an end!

Great Nuclear Scientists which I don’t wish to name even are lying to the people. Now this is something you will not trust me for… but it’s the bitter Truth!

A film which officially had just one show in Brazil, conducted 4 to 5 shows with House Full Audience in Auditoriums that of a size of twice or thrice of any multiplex in Mumbai, is not being Cleared by the so called great “Censor Board” in India.
It’s painful to see how badly the system is corrupt. A Rs. 1120 billion project that will nearly kill the habitats and the businesses is set to start its construction activities soon, and the Tragedy is that… it’s being called as a DEVELOPMENTAL PROJECT!

Tarapur Atomic Power Station - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tarapur Atomic Power Station (T.A.P.S.) is located in Tarapur, Maharashtra (India). It was initially constructed with two boiling water reactor (BWR) units of 210 MWe each initially by Bechtel and GE under the 1963 123 Agreement between India, the United States, and the International Atomic Energy A...
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