Kabhi Thunderstorm, Kabhie Flood: The Making of an Indian Apocalypse Movie

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Kabhi Thunderstorm, Kabhie Flood: The Making of an Indian Apocalypse Movie

Illustration: Juergen D'souza

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he Indian Meteorological Department has issued alerts and predicted thunderstorms in over 13 states – which means the sun will be out and shining bright in at least 12 of them. Many of us were caught unawares by the widespread destruction that dust storms unleashed in Rajasthan and other parts of India over the last few days.

Some of the video and pictures, in fact, reminded me of all those Twister and 2012-type movies we grew up watching. If there’s one lesson in disaster management to be learnt from American pop culture, it’s that calamities and crises make for a kickass plot, the outcome of which is a mega-budget apocalypse movie.

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