A musical travelogue shot by two filmmakers gives you a glimpse of the majestic Himalayas
Put together like a travelogue, Way Back Home is a new show on Pepsi MTV Indies by two travel enthusiasts a�� Rohan Thakur (filmmaker-musician) and Bharati Bahrani (filmmaker). The music, created by Thakur, is inspired by the trip. They tell us more about their adventures and the behind-the-scenes stories.
What prompted this trip?
Rohan: I was born in Manali, went to boarding school in Mussoorie (St. Georgea��s), and then to Australia to study further. Therea��s always been this urge to return and immerse myself in the a�?mountain lifea��.
Bharati: Asad (founder Shoelace Films) approached me saying that he wanted to produce a travel show and that was my opportunity to go and explore the Himalayas!
Top priority during planning.
Rohan: We wanted the show to have a certain casual attitude, while being as experiential as possible and completely honest
Bharati: Also since we had to shoot during the winter the landscape is drop dead gorgeous! And people are out celebrating, rejoicing, relaxing. Basically, ita��s super chilled out!
Biggest challenges on the trip.
Rohan: The cold, over a span of four months, can get to you. I remember shooting an Astral time lapse at night from my room window with freezing winds and temperatures. It was a a�?numba�� night for me in the village of Kibber (Spiti), also one of the highest villages in the world.
Bharati: We climbed up to the Village of Malana once the sun had set, up a narrow zig-zagging one-foot wide path, in the middle of a snow storm, so we couldna��t really shoot while we were climbing up, but this was one of the toughest, albeit also stupidest things wea��ve ever done!
Any culinary highlights?
Bharati: We stayed at a lot of home stays and ended up eating whatever was being made. It was really simple food but extremely delicious. I think because a lot of it was organic, (and trust me on this), even a boiled potato with some salt tasted heavenly.
How has travel changed you?
Rohan: Therea��s way too much stuff to see and experience out there. Travel makes you look at things from a different perspective, and also the way you look at your own life, changes.
Bharati: Travelling made me realise that Ia��m like a tiny, little speck in this ginormous Universe! There is so much to learn and do and feel out there! I think merely one lifetime isna��t enough!
Your comments on music as an integral part of the show.
Rohan: The songs are more about how I perceive the mountains, and what I imagine my future to be like, and just my connection with these giants. All the songs are about having a good time and connecting with nature and truly feeling it. I wrote these songs because they describe the lifestyle of my people and take me into the minds of the locals.
Bharati: I think that the music that Rohan has composed for the show really expresses what we felt while we were travelling. It has a very feel-good and chilled vibe to it.
The best part of filming.
Rohan: Ita��s like kids playing with toys! Ia��ve literally had my camera up peoplea��s noses while they were probably wondering, a�?What is wrong with this guy?!a�? Most of the time, people think that you are taking a picture! Ita��s a perfect cover for the way we film.
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