Starring Rahul Bose, Laila Rouass,
Shivaji Satham, Ayesha Dharkar, Rajika Puri
Welcome to Bombay2000, a city of extremes where globalization
is the buzz word. After 50 years of being the worlds largest democracy
one billion people are finally coming out in the open. On the
hot streets of Bombay, KP - a hustler with a cell phone and a
scooter, unlock taps and sells water to the poor and Evian to
the rich, while Didi, his adopted 10 year old sister stalk the
traffic lights selling flowers to earn her next meal. Nan an expatriate
Indian from London, hosts an exploitation television show where
people come and in the darkness talk about their secret sexual
lives. In search of Didi, KP gets enmeshed in different worlds
from Nan's show. Several stories emerge to form a vivid tapestry
of the city.
||Sex and poverty mingle to question our notions of morality in
this urban drama set in contemporary Bombay.
Split Wide Open is the second feature to be directed by Dev Benegal,
written by Indian born British author Farrukh Dhondy (Former commissioning
editor for Channel 4 - UK) and featuring a soundtrack from Nitin
Sawhney (acclaimed London based musician) it is a true collaboration
of both East and Western influences in presenting a fresh new kind
of independent cinema from the subcontinent.
It's Diaspora cinema at it's best.
Official selection at Venice International Film Festival 1999
winner of the Grand Prix at Turnhout Belgium International Film
Festival, Best Actor and Special Jury award at the Singapore International
Film Festival 2000.
Director Dev Benegal, who inaugurated a new wave of urban English
Language films in India with his first feature, English August
(1994) will be present for a Q & A session after the screening.
Saturday, November 9th, 9 pm