Dear friends, Jai Bhim. Finally, my documentary film on Bhima Koregaon has been completed with your kind support. In the last six months of my filmmaking journey, I have had a lot of good and bad experiences. A lot of friends on Facebook and elsewhere ask me one question: why am I making a history film on the battle of Bhima Koregaon? And why does the film have a long name like 'The Battle of Bhima Koregaon: An Unending Journey'?
My close friends know about my personal life. I completed my graduation in sociology, first class, while staying in a small village, a very casteist one. In the last eight years, ten caste atrocities have happened in my village. In my college days, I was active in student movements. In 2012, I completed my Master's in Media Studies in the Pune University campus and joined an archaeology course in Deccan College in Pune, but I faced caste discrimination and social boycott and lost one academic year. That's why I have dedicated this film to our brother Rohith Vemula, because I know the pain of hostel suspension. After one year, I got a contract job in FTII and I feel I learnt cinema there.
My film journey of making the Bhima Koregaon documentary also started in that institute. If you were born in a Maharashtrian Buddhist family, you hear some common social stories in your childhood. One is about Ambedkar's life and struggle. Another is of the Bhima Koregaon battle - how our 500 brave Mahar soldiers ended the Peshwai by defeating their army of 25,000 soldiers in 1818, which is also a significant event in the military history of the world. Another thing we also hear is about the cruelty of the Indian caste system and how Brahmins have exploited our social life.