1000 Stories of India – Warriors

Virtual Bharat is a monumental project by renowned Indian filmmaker and director Bharatbala to create a repository of high-quality content on India through 1,000 short films. We will be sharing the 22 short films that have been released so far, all available to watch on Virtual Bharat’s YouTube channel.

This is the third instalment of films from the Virtual Bharat collection featuring three films about warriors.

  1. Silambam

This is the story of a 3000-year-old martial art Silambam, often considered a masculine sport, told by Aishwarya Manivannan. She speaks of a journey of strength, discovery and spirit. Watch the film here.

  • Pehlwan: The Migrant Warrior

The Pehlwans of Mahatma Phule Akhada in Mumbai are migrants with dreams to become the greatest warriors of India, practising the centuries-old wrestling tradition, Kushti. Watch their story here.

  • Gatka: The Lion’s Roar

Growing up without a father, Sandeep found his calling in learning and teaching Gatka, the martial art of the Nihang warrior sect. This is his story here.

About Parminder Vir OBE

Parminder Vir OBE has dedicated herself to positively impacting and transforming lives through a professional career spanning 40 years in philanthropy, entrepreneurship, film and television production, arts and culture, and investment funding. She is the co-founder of the Support4AfricaSMEs campaign and The African Farmers Stories, launched in 2020. She served as the CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, based in Lagos, Nigeria from April 2014 to April 2019. Prior to joining the Foundation, Parminder has enjoyed a distinguished career as an awarding winning film and television producer and private equity investor in film and media.

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