Roshni lives in the land of the gods known as Dev Bhoomi and wants to travel to the land of illusions, Mumbai city known as Maya Nagari. Located at the foothills of the Himalayas the north Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are known as the land of the gods.
ROSHNI has been filmed entirely in the Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh and Dehradun in Uttarakhand. It is an important film and immensely relevant for the times we live in today. The documentary not only embodies the spirit, values and mindsets of the people who reside in the Himalayas but also portrays the sheer exuberance and untouched beauty of the place.
ROSHNI was invited to be screened twice by Boston University in Massachusetts and the University of Lausanne in Switzerland for PhD students, researchers, and teachers in the department of South Asian Studies and the department of Contemporary Literature and Modern Languages respectively. It was recently invited by IIT (BHU) Varanasi to be screened for students as a part of the Film and Media Council Festival.
It was selected to be screened at the Krakow Film Festival in Poland and at the Mzansi Women”s Film Festival in South Africa.
The film features Dr. Vandana Shiva, a quantum physicist and vedic ecologist. Dr. Om Kumar Sharma, a Sanskrit Scholar and Sanskrit school principal, Margaret Alva the former governor of Uttarakhand, Vidya Rao an Indian classical vocalist and literary writer amongst others.
ROSHNI means a ray of light. Within complete darkness when there enters a ray of light, that is called ROSHNI.
Producer: The Unknown Film Company
Directors: Nazneen Bhatia & Anshul Adhikari
Runtime: 45 minutes
Language: Hindi & English
Subtitles: English (Closed Captions)
Country of origin: India