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04 October 2023

Movie to depict Air India Express crash from Dubai to Mangalore

Shaheer Ummer will direct the film based on Air India Express flight crash from Dubai to Mangalore. (SUPPLIED)

By VM Sathish

Three and half years after 158 passengers of Air India Express flight from Dubai to Mangalore were killed in an early morning plane crash on May 22, 2010, many of the victims families are yet to get a due compensation and a group of Indian social workers who have surveyed the plight of these families after their bread earning members death in the plane crash have a lot of painful stories to reveal.

Now a youth human rights activist under the Human Rights Foundation, India and a film enthusiast has decided to tell the story of expatriate families, who have suffered the maximum loss from the Mangalore Plane crash.

Shaheer Ummer, General Secretary of the Youth Human Rights organization and the director of the proposed film says: “After visiting families of Air India express passengers who died in the plane crash, we feel sorry about their life after the crash. Many families are yet to get any compensation and advocates, politicians and some so called social workers are every day bargaining about the price of their dear and near ones who have died in the plane crash.”

“While the international aviation rules specifies that each victim should be paid Indian Rupees 70,00000 plus Indian Rupees 70000 for the lost baggages, many families are yet to get their due compensation.

“We are working closely with the Air crash Victims’ Families Association and All Kerala Pravasi Association and the most under privileged families of the air crash victims will be selected to give the support within our resources,” said Ummer, who used to work in Dubai when the plane crash happened.

UAE based camera man (2nd from right), film director and producer for the movie in aircrash victims

“I have worked in the UAE for seven years earning a small salary and know the financial compulsions of an expatriate family. The idea for this movie came when I was asked to visualize a lullaby for an expatriate mother whose husband died. I have developed this into a story about the real pain of an expatriate family whose bread earner died after reaching too close to his home. The emotional stress facing such single women whose husbands have died in the plane crash is too strong,” he said.

Ummer who has acted the lead role in the Tamil movie, Kattu Vali (Forest Way) and UAE based Indian businessman, Abdul Rasheed will be producing the movie under the Golden Seven Productions banner.

“Now it is time for me to give back something to the expatriate community and I am devoting my first commercial movie to give some lessons to the community,” he added.

“There are many movies that tell the expatriate worries and problems. This movie will be telling a different story about the mental agony of expatriate passengers in the background of the Manglore plane crash. The movie will tell some really touching real life stories form the plane crash and its impact on the victims families,” added Anil Vadakkekkara, an Indian photographer turned cinematographer, who will be doing the camera for the new movie.