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Inferno: Jharia's Underground Fires by Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

The Film seeks to explain why underground fires – literally and metaphorically – are raging for so many years in and around the township of Jharia in Dhanbad district of Jharkhand. Thousands of residents are living on top of a veritable inferno whereas powerful mafia organisations are exploiting the underprivileged – by mining illegally, supervising organised pilferage, running extortion rackets and bagging lucrative contracts.

Delhi; Puri; India

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta is an independent journalist and educator. His work experience, spanning 35 years, cuts across different media: print, radio, television and documentary cinema. His areas of interest include the working of India’s political economy and the media, on which he has authored books, directed films and lectured widely.

  • Cinematographer: Manish Kaushik
  • Editor: Pooja Iyengar
  • Project Partner: Doordarshan

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