M.Air Nair’s greetings Bombay! Her screenwriting was developed with her partner, Sony Taraporola, in 1988, through research research on street children in Mumbai. Now it has been re-released and what hurts you is not just the hunger for its energy and vitality and its Dickens story but its severe anomalies. It’s a film that thwarts a resolution for which the audience may feel sorry for itself, only to show that street children can’t imagine their future like street adults, only imprisonment. Or seeing death. I found myself in conflict with Gart Davis’ latest film Lion from 2017, the true story of a street child who fell asleep on a train and moved himself thousands of miles to Quetta without a trail. The film manages to entertain as well as inform, without the attention of reckless officials. Hello Bombay! Can’t and won’t
The beginning is not so different. Krishna, later renamed Chiapao (played by non-professional Shafiq Syed) is working in a circus to pay off family debts. When the cruel master sends him to buy three cans of food, poor Krishna returns in search of the circus: a bare patch of land where there was a big tent. It’s an amazingly dark image that, in its own way, reigns supreme on the world stage for the rest of the films. With the little money he has, he buys a train ticket to Bombay (Mumbai), where his three cans are, of course, immediately stolen.
She gets a job selling tea in the Red Light District, where she befriends Manju (Hansa Vithal), daughter of the prostitute Rekha (Anita Kanwar), and her pimp Baba (Nana Patikkar), another big, street girl. Employs (Raghuveer Yadav). ), Selling drugs – which is why he himself is addicted to despair. Chipao is in love with another prostitute, Sweet Sixteen (Chandra Sharma). Irfan Khan, a young man, is a cameo as a letter writer. Inevitably, Chipo and Manju both find themselves institutionalized: in the boys ‘teen hall and the girls’ detention center, respectively, where Rekha and Baba are clearly told that their daughter will be taken away from them. ۔ And, of course, the state, which seemed completely absent from the first half of the film, now appears in its most authoritarian form: the police, the jailer and the children’s services.
And what’s going on in Chiapo’s hometown? This supposed paradise, for which Chepau is trying to save money for a ticket house, is completely missing. It was his family’s bad behavior for the money that put him in this mess for the first time. Mumbai is the only universe, and for all its vastness and crowds, it is a small and secluded place that is always tense and lonely. Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person.
Hello Bombay! Released on digital platform on June 21.
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