DOCUMENTARY: Film on hill rail bags UK award – Toy train documentary shows life and struggle of Darjeeling people

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DOCUMENTARY: Film on hill rail bags UK award – Toy train documentary shows life and struggle of Darjeeling people – any watchers in Bengal’s power base feel the slightest twinge of conscience ?!!

BY AVIJIT SINHA

Siliguri, June 30: A three-episode film on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and two other mountain train services in India has bagged the award for the best “factual documentary” series conferred by the Royal Television Society in the UK.

Indian Hill Railway, produced by UK-based director Gerry Troyna, has one episode each on the DHR, Nilgiri Mountain Railway and Kalka Shimla Railway — all three recognised as world heritage sites by the Unesco.

While the DHR part was directed by Shillong-based Tarun Bhartiya, the episodes on Nilgiri and Kalka Shimla railways were created by Hugo Smith and Nick Mattingly. Both Smith and Mattingly are from the UK.

“I have done the film on the…

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