The Film seeks to explain why underground fires – literally and metaphorically – are raging for so many years in and around the township of Jharia in Dhanbad district of Jharkhand. Thousands of residents are living on top of a veritable inferno whereas powerful mafia organisations are exploiting the underprivileged – by mining illegally, supervising organised pilferage, running extortion rackets and bagging lucrative contracts.
Paranjoy is an independent journalist and an educator whose work cuts across different media: print, radio, television and documentary cinema. His areas of interest are the working of India’s political economy and the media. He is a regular contributor to newspapers, magazines and websites and is frequently featured on television channels and radio programmes as an analyst and commentator. He is also a visiting faculty member at various educational institutions.