A film on Delhi’s iron pillar — from Italy

Inspired by the engineering excellence of the iron pillar at Delhi’s Qutub Minar complex,an Italian film production house shot a documentary in various parts of the country including the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K).

Written by Express News Service | Kanpur | Published:March 3, 2009 3:01 am

Inspired by the engineering excellence of the iron pillar at Delhi’s Qutub Minar complex,an Italian film production house shot a documentary in various parts of the country including the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K).

The documentary “Mystery of the Delhi Iron Pillar” stresses on the metallurgical excellence of the Pillar which has withstood corrosion for the last 1,600 years.

Shot by a leading production house from Europe — Terra SRL Productions from Rome — the documentary on the pillar is expected to be broadcast on all major television networks around the world.

The team members,Producer-Director Diego D Innocenzo,Marco Pasquini and Marco Salustro,took extensive shots of the pillar.

The focus of the Italian documentary crew was the research work done on the iron pillar by Professor R Balasubramaniam of the Materials and Metallurgical Department at IIT-K. Balasubramaniam,who assisted D Innocenzo in the shooting of the film at the institute and other locations in the country,said: “After shooting over 45 hours of the documentary on different aspects of the pillar,the team has left for Italy for the editing.”

His team has been conducting extensive research to trace why the pillar had not rusted for centuries. “The documentary will highlight the scientific information we gave on the history,manufacturing excellence and the corrosion resistance of the pillar,” he said.

In search of all the possible details,the Italian team shot the documentary at Delhi,Udayagiri,Gwalior,Mathura,Vidisha,Besnagar,Sanchi,Kanpur,Konark and Bhopal.

The crew halted at Bhopal for the final shots before leaving for Italy on Monday. In Bhopal,they also filmed the traditional way of the Agaria tribe to smelt iron. “The Agarias are perhaps the only people in the world who still produce iron in the traditional manner,” said the professor.

The oldest inscription on the pillar mentions that it was originally erected at Vishnupadagiri,which means ‘Hill with footprint of Lord Vishnu’. Vishnupadagiri has been identified as modern Udayagiri near Vidisha. The team has done some wonderful computer simulation and animation to highlight the fact that the shape of the Udayagiri hill is very much like a foot.  

The crew also shot at Konark’s Sun temple.

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