Access 360 World Heritage - Taj Mahal for National Geographic Channel
Production Company: Infocus Asia, Singapore
Director: Aditya Thayi
Location: Taj Mahal, Agra
Film: This documentary was amongst the 9-part series for National Geographic Channel on UNESCO Heritage Sites around the world. The 15 day long schedule was most grueling for the crew with temperature soaring as high as 47 degrees and strong heat waves. The intense heat however was compensated by the rare all-access monument permission. We were perhaps the few lucky ones who got to climb the Minarets and roof of the Taj Mahal and got to see the wonder of the world so closely.
Taj Mahal is one of the grandest works of architecture on the planet. The critics insist that this monument to undying love is at risk of collapsing into the river that runs beside it. The conservators who know it best dispute the claims. We follow the controversy as two scientific groups examine the Taj's stability. The 360-year-old monument is under serious pressure from the effects of climate change, pollution and mass tourism. . The film expolores various controversies and finds out if the threat is real.