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Dharavi  (1993 - Hindi)

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Dharavi cumulative rating: 2.4 out of 52.4/5 (33 users)

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  • Dharavi rating: 7 out of 10(Paras Zatakia wrote on 08 Aug 2009)

    Dharavi - known as the biggest slums on Earth, has many people living in wretched poverty and poor conditions.
    One the most famous name, so that means one of the most controversial movie, which I believe a must watch atleast for all the Mumbaiya’s.

    One such person is Rajkaran (Om Puri) a taxi driver by profession, who has bought a taxi and is still for it in small installments. He, his wife, Kumud (Shabana Azmi), and his son live in small tenement. Electricity and water are not available legally, but can be obtained illegally by paying middlemen, who in turn bribe the police and the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials. Rajkaran's dream is to own his taxi, and start his own business - of dyeing clothes. His dream comes to light, when he, along with three others, acquire the necessary land and building for it. Once started, things start looking up for Rajkaran, and he even has his mom, Amma (Anjana) come over to live with them. Then things take a turn for the worse - the building is deemed illegal by the BMC and is demolished; Rajkaran and his associates are unable to protect nor save their investment; Unable to pay for his taxi, his vehicle is taken away; His associates refuse to co-operate with him nor even speak with him; His mother finds out that his wife is having an affair with her ex-husband, Shankar (Mushtaq Khan); In desperation, Rajkaran takes up another job as a taxi-driver and robs a passenger, and ends up in jail; His brother-in-law is killed by rivals; His mother, unable to see her son's suffering and misery decides to go back to her home-town; and Kumud leaves him to go back to her ex-husband. Rajkaran comes out of jail, thanks to a corrupt system and false witnesses, and is back on square once again - homeless and penniless - he must now decide what is best for him and the rest of his life.

    A simple normal story of a common man living in Dharavi, which we living in flats, nice society, have only just heard or ever imagined the life of such people. It’s a very experimental movie with a brilliant performance given by Om Puri and Shabana Azmi. A must watch!!

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