After we published a popular post sharing tips for those whose wanderlust might take them to India, I thought you’d also be interested in watching a movie shot in this incredible country.
This is no Bollywood. This is no ordinary documentary, even. Hit The Road India, is a a feature travel adventure documentary. It follows the adventure of 2 friends from North America, Richard and Keith, who take part in a rickshaw rally across India during 12 days. The Mumbai Xpress starts in Mumbai and ends up in Chennai. You can imagine that, for both the team in the rally and those shooting the documentary, this was a trip full of adventure.. even more adventure than the “regular” dose one gets to experience by default when touring Incredible India. And that is saying a lot!
I don’t think my imagination could have dreamed up what it was actually like!
Auto rickshaws are one of the most common methods of transportation in India. But for those behind the wheel this time, things are not as usual. As the team drives around in India, we the viewers get to go with them on a voyage around a country that often makes words obsolete when travelers who’ve been there try to describe it. Instead, Hit The Road take you there, as straight-forward as that. If the auto rickshaw trip of the team is full of break-downs and frustrations, the in between parts when they get to interact with locals make up for it. Smiles, camera friendly people and a lot of communication that goes beyond words – these parts are, hands down, my favorite moments of the documentary.
Hit The Road is, in theory, a documentary about the Mumbai Xpress race and the particular team featured in this case. But ultimately, it’s about more than that: it’s about observing, from an outsider’s perspective, how life rolls in India. But do not expect an “Incredible India” type of commercial here. This is a documentary that doesn’t necessarily show you the most colorful or pretty side of India, but it does give you an insight on the real deal of smaller cities, away from landmarks and popular monuments. It would have been nice if more info is shared about each place the team drives through, but I guess the point of the movie was just to show the places as those driving by would (and they did have limited time as they were always on the move – it is a race after all!).
This is an independent production that was created entirely by a team of two brothers from Armenia, Gor and Mushegh Baghdasaryan. They are dying to share this mighty adventure with you and, at Backpack ME, we also think you are missing out if you don’t watch this doc, that will certainly inspire you to pack (light) and travel to India!
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