The Indian Diaspora





Split Wide Open

Dev Benegal

104 mins

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

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