Soul Of The Forest


One Man Mission: A Man who Single-Handedly created a forest of 1360 acre in a short span of 35 years. Deforestation and desertification are critical problems in India that have led to barren land, increased soil erosion, decreased agricultural production, and devastated local wildlife. However one Indian man has made a stand – by single-handedly planting and cultivating a 1,360 acre forest that is home to a complex, thriving ecosystem.

It all started way back in 1979 during the floods which ravaged Assam the floods and washed many snakes ashore onto the sandbars. A few days later, he found the snakes, reptilians were all dead. The heat and the absence of any tree cover had killed them. The sixteen year old Jadav wept over their lifeless forms but would not stand doing nothing. That was the turning point of his life. Nobody helped. It was a courageous choice.

It is not easy these days to find an exceptional person. Someone who is genuine enough and compassionate enough – to surrender his life to giving. Leave all the magnificence of the whole wide world, and transcend to a state where none of it really matters. To get back to the roots; those that sprout from the ground we stand on and create existence. This is a little story of one such exceptional man – Jadav ‘Mulai Payeng.’

Jadav Payeng was honored by the Jawaharlal Nehru University in recognition for his efforts, which also conferred the title “Forest Man of India” on him. Payeng was also given an award for his contributions to the conservation of environment by former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Ajad in Mumbai in July 2012.

  • Director : Tamal Dasgupta
  • Producer : Asad Siddiqui
  • DOP : Ratan Biswas
  • Editor : Tapas Chakraborty
  • Music : Kalika Prasad Bhattacharjee
  • Sound Designer : Anup Mukhopadhya
  • Voice/Commentary : Rajan Mitra

  • Technical Specification

  • Duration :76 Min 13 Sec (Longer version) and 53 min (Shorter Version)
  • Genre : Documentry
  • Language : English & Assamese
  • Substitle English
  • Country : India
  • Sound : Mono
  • Colour : Colour
  • Format : Quicktime HD Apple Pro Res 422HQ (1920x480)
  • Aspect Ratio : 16:9

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Awards & Nomination

DADA SAHEB PHALKE AWARD 2014, INDIA : The film has been officially nomination and given“CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION” on 30th April 2014 in New Delhi. .

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH & CULTURE, INDONESIA : Winner under category Honourable Mention and being declared “FILMMAKER OF INSPIRATION 2014” on 04th June 2014. .

WORLD FILM AWARD, INDONESIA : Winner under category “Awards of Merit” and declared “BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY” on 04th June 2014. .

KL ECO FILM FEST 2014, MALAYSIA :   Nominated in Kualalumpur Eco Film Festival 2014 held on 17-19 October 2014. .

IFFEST DOCUMENT.ART.XXI, ROMANIA : Nominated under Environmental Film Category held on 15-18 October 2014. .

KOLKATA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL-14, INDIA :  Officially nominated and given“AWARD OF EXCELLENCE” on 9th August 2014 in Kolkata, India. .

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION FILM FESTIVAL, NEW YORK – 2015 : Nominated in the year 2015 in WCFF held in USA on 19-25 October 2015. .

INTERNATIONAL EURO FILM FESTIVAL, SPAIN – 2015 :  Nominated in the year 2015 and awarded in the category BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM, in your country INDIA. .

MATSALU NATURE FILM FESTIVAL, ESTONIA – 2015 : Nominated in the year 2015 held in Estonia on 16-20 September 2015. .


AMMAR POPULAR FILM FESTIVAL- 2016 TEFRAN : Officially nominated for 2016. .

AMMAR POPULAR FILM FESTIVAL- 2016 TEFRAN : Officially nominated for 2016. .

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