Documentary Films

Padmini My Love (2014)

Directed by: Munmun Dhalaria, Ruchi Sawardekar, Silja Wurgler and Sriram Mohan

Produced by: School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

Duration: 19 mins 35 secs

Language: Hindi

Subtitles: English

Synopsis: The film ‘Padmini My Love’ emerges from a government order in the mega-city of Mumbai, which reduced the age limit of the iconic black-and-yellow ‘Padmini’ taxis to a maximum of 20 years. What this means is that, in a few years from now, the charming-yet-robust ‘Padmini’ taxis will have vanished from the streets of Mumbai, taking away with it the livelihoods of many who depend on it for their day-to-day survival. The film explores the various ways in which the government-imposed age limit affects the livelihoods of the taxi drivers on the one hand, and shatters a peripheral economy of painters and repairmen of the taxis, on the other. The four protagonists of the film – Ravindranath, Tareef, Ansari and Quadros – talk about issues of migrant labour, the status of taxi drivers and the importance of taxis in a bustling city like Mumbai, through their own personal narratives, thereby offering a ringside view of the changing global city and its invisibilized workers.

Delisle Road Dreams (2013)

Directed by: Aastha Tyagi, Anurag Indwar, Rajashree Gandhi and Sriram Mohan

Produced by: School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

Duration: 13 mins 28 secs

Language: Hindi and Marathi

Subtitles: English

Synopsis: When a city transforms in slow-motion, its inhabitants undergo a transformation that isn’t always obviously visible. The story of how Mumbai’s mill character was systematically dismantled is often narrated as a series of happenings. However, what such histories of the city do to the mindscapes and aspirations of the people involved is not captured in its nuances. Through the testimonies of three generations of an erstwhile mill worker-led family, living in a Delisle Road chawl, our film tries to explore the metamorphosis of hopes, dreams and survival itself. What does Jayashree, who was a badli kaamgaar (substitute labourer) in the mills hope for her son Yuvraaj, a computer operator in an ad agency? What does young Yash, Yuvraaj’s son, aspire for? How do all of them imagine a ‘good life’ in a city that is ruled by a real estate lobby? How do they remember their past with respect to the mill lands of Mumbai? ‘Delisle Road Dreams’ hopes to unravel these questions and more.

The Cinema Resource Centre (2013)

Directed by: Sriram Mohan

Produced by: The Cinema Resource Centre (TCRC)

Duration: 3 mins 57 secs

Language: English

Subtitles: English

Synopsis: The Cinema Resource Centre (TCRC) is a not-for-profit public archive of Indian cinema designed to enable research on the audio-visual cultural artifacts produced by Indian films, especially those made in the regional languages of South India. This film explains the trust’s aims and objectives.

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