Abbas Sheikh is a jewelry polisher by day, and also one of India’s top ultramarathon runners. Every morning at 5, Sheikh is up well before the crowds, traffic, and heat to run along Mumbai’s Marine Drive. At 9, he’s at work in a factory for 12 hours. The filmmaker Veena Rao captures the duality of Sheikh’s life and what running means to him in her short film, Mumbai Mornings, just in time for the Mumbai Marathon on January 17, 2016.
For more of Rao’s work, visit her website, or check out another one of her short films on The Atlantic about a Harlem swim team called the Honeys and Bears.