A die hard underground music fan embarks upon a journey across countries, cities & towns of the Indian subcontinent, viz. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka, unravelling a gripping tale of diverse and equally discordant but well connected nexus of a volatile & extreme subculture. This is harsh music and lifestyle, emerging from a region steeped in common history & geo-political strife, that reveals a scathing commentary of our times.
The emergence of one unique subculture against the backdrop of religious radicalism, rising waves of nationalism & terror mongering fringe groups in the region over the last five years.
Extreme Nation is a personal, cinematic journey to analyze years of evolution of what people call “the devil’s music”. Shot over a timespan of four years and above, this feature length film delves deep into the lives of those who are die-hard beacons and irrepressible spirits of the subculture, unfolding an awe-inspiring anthology of the emergence of metal underground in the Indian subcontinent. Since time immemorial, mainstream namely popular music in the form of film soundtracks, has been the mainstay in the Indian subcontinent as calibrated by numerous radio plays and record sales.
Heavy metal or its more obnoxious offshoot underground extreme music, has largely remained unexplored, misconstrued and misrepresented since years.
After four and half years of traversing across the Indian subcontinent, through countries, towns and cities, here's a film that stands at its ultimate stage of completion. This is a story that waits to be told and made known to the entire world. An anthropological view through the unadulterated eyes of a traveller and an ardent fan of extreme underground music spawning through three decades of walking in the dark side by bands, individuals and organisers - the doomsayers of our times, the narrators of armageddon, perpetrators of those spreading ill doctrines, never heard before from the region.
The project was selected to be presented to national and global commissioners and broadcasters at documentary film forum and workshop - Docedge 2016, Kolkata. Also successfully crowdfunded on Wishberry in 2017 as one of selected projects at The Goa Project 2017.
Extreme Nation is a thoroughly researched and honest attempt in capturing the true facades of extreme underground metal music in India and the SAARC countries, promising a high-power historic and exciting ride from the past to the present of this genre of music, without following the usual TV/ Youtube style music episodes which are sometimes painfully academic, often half-baked & lop-sided, and blatantly sponsor-led.
Dealing with more serious and darker themes and producing an even harder sound extreme metal has become the subject of a full blown subculture spreading quickly to neighboring countries of India like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.