The nationwide lockdown in 2020 to curb the spread of Covid-19 left millions of migrant labourers without jobs, food and shelter. Desperate and helpless, most took to the road, embarking on the long, often fatal, journey home.
Ritesh, Ashish, Ram Babu, Sonu, Krishna, Sandeep and Mukesh-migrants from Bihar-undertook a similar journey on their bicycles that lasted for seven days and seven nights. Their harrowing trip from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, to their hometown of Saharsa as they braved police lathis and insults, and battled hunger, exhaustion and fear, was documented by National Award-winning filmmaker Vinod Kapri.
1232 km is a story of the extraordinary courage of seven men in the face of tremendous odds.
‰Û÷A wake-up call to our conscience . . .they built our cities; they cannot remain anonymous any longer‰۪ Rajdeep Sardesai
‰Û÷A heartbreaking document but so necessary‰۪ Anubhav Sinha
‰Û÷A testament to the resilience and resolveof our working classes and the callousness of our state‰۪ Kamla Bhasin
‰Û÷Riveting, touching and resonates with allof us‰۪ Manoj Bajpayee
‰Û÷Very impressive . . . The heartbreakingjourney of 1232 km should shake your conscience‰۪ Ronnie Screwvala
January 1, 1970
Vinod Kapri is an award-winning filmmaker and has won a National Award for his film Can't Take This Shit Anymore (2014). His critically acclaimed film Pihu (2017) bagged two awards at an international film festival. Before venturing into filmmaking, he spent twenty-three years of his career as a journalist with media organizations like Amar Ujala, Zee News, Star News, India TV and TV9.