Darkness spreads in the town that provides power to the country, and this time it seems to be here to stay. Tarapur Atomic Power Station, the first nuclear power plant in India, was set up 40 years ago with much fanfare. Tarapur, the town that gives its name to the plant, is, however, miles away from the dream it had promised to be. What really happened in Tarapur in these 40 long years is an awakening the whole world needs to arrive at, before it is too late. Set against the backdrop of yet another heaven being brought down by man's deed to meet his greed, this documentary unfolds a world unknown, a picture unshown, and a nature unborne.. .
is a qualified engineer and worked in an Atomic Research Center for 12 years, who turned then an anti nuclear activist and presently fighting against Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project. High Power is his first documentary which talks about the suffering of project affected people and the villagers of nearby villages of Tarapur Nuclear Power project, which is India's first nuclear power plant.
Tarapur Nuclear Power Project
Tarapur Nuclear Power Project is India's first civil nuclear establishment came in existence around 50 years ago, displacing few villages near town named Tarapur. Once a protagonist visits those villages Dandi, Pofaran, Ghivali, Unbhat and Tarapur after 40 long years. He observes the situation of thousands of displaced people. He finds that they lost their traditional jobs and they did not get any new jobs, they lost their lands, homes and sea and they didn't get proper compensation neither they got the promised services and infrastructures like roads, water, electricity, medical facilities, schools etc. etc. Instead they got illness and unknown deceases. The high blood pressure and heart attack cases increased. Kidney failure and miscarriages and still births and complicated delivery cases increased. Impotency increased in newly married couples. The kids below 5 years are suffering by mental disorders. Their IQ is low. In few villages people got migrated in other towns and cities due to these problems.
When he reaches home he realizes how a common man who stays in city, waste the electricity, which is produced by encroaching lands, homes, jobs and freedom of thousands and thousands people. He realizes that he only pays the bill of power he uses but the real cost of power is paid by those unknown and innocent people.
Best Short Documentary 2013
The 2013 finalized documentary "High Power
" is an important, well made film that can give worthwhile impulses to current "nuclear question" in India. For that it received the Yellow Oscar in the category best short documentary of the 3rd International Uranium Film Festival of Rio de Janeiro 2013. Pradeep Indulkar, director of "High Power", is an Indian engineer, who has been working during 12 years for India's nuclear program. High Power tells the disturbing story of the local population of Tarapur in the state of Maharashtra, where India's first nuclear power plant was constructed in the 1960s. Local fishermen families lost there land, their fishing grounds and health. Pradeep Indulkar?s short documentary about the Tarapur Atomic Power Station had to be made. "It is an important, the nuclear discussion stimulating documentary, that comes at the right time, when thousands of people in South-India struggle against a new nuclear power plant at Kudankulam is the state of Tamil Nadu", says Festival director Norbert G. Suchanek. "High Power is Pradeep Indulkar?s first documentary, and we hope to see more documentaries by him in future."
"Apart from all the sorrows and distress my film brought to you, this is a golden moment of my life as a film maker", said Pradeep Indulkar during the Award Ceremony in the Museum of Modern Art cinema. "At this moment I remember and thank all my friends and well-wisher who helped in making of High Power. I also thank to all those Indian people who contributed even a smallest amount to make our trip happened. I thank you all who supported this film with as a great audience. I thank Rio, I thank Brazil and I accept this award on behalf of all the nuclear affected people of Tarapur and I dedicate this award to all those farmers and fishermen who lost their land, home and life for nuclear power plant. "