We all have seen Bollywood movies, where people lose their loved ones in a fair and reunite with them years later, in a very different circumstances. But have you ever heard about a person who didn’t wait for years to reunite people with their family, who get lost in Kumbh mela and Magh mela in Allahabad.
Famous filmmaker Siddharth Roy Kapur is going to make a film on a person (Raja Ram Tiwari aka Bhule Bhatke Tiwari) who reunited families in Allahabad, during Kumbh mela. Biz analyst, Taran Adarsh tweeted about the news.
Siddharth Roy Kapur to make a film on Kumbh Mela’s famed ‘Bhule Bhatke Tiwari’, as Rajaram Tiwari was popularly called… He helped reunite people lost in Kumbh Mela… Umesh Tiwari, his son, now carries forward this distinctive legacy. pic.twitter.com/yeirgnz09c
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) November 29, 2018
Raja Ram Tiwari, fondly known as ‘Bhule Bhatke Tiwari’, came to the banks of Sangam in Allahabad when he was just 18 years old. He saw an old woman crying uncontrollably for her family, which she lost on her way. Raja Ram constructed a temporary Bhopu to call out to her family.
When he finally succeeded in doing so, the idea of reuniting people struck in his mind and he went on to set up a ‘Khoya Paya Shivir’ or ‘Lost Found Camp’ during coming every Kumbh.
During his 71 years term, he reunited 14 lakh adults and around 21,000 children with their families. He started the mission alone but then engaged a group of volunteers in his camp. Currently 150 volunteers are working in the camp.
In an interview with LA Times, which he gave in 2013, he said, “There’s no such thing as lost forever, that’s only in films.”
After the death of Raja Ram, his son Umesh Tiwari has now taken over as the chief of Khoya Paya camps.