Delhi in a Day
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2011/India/Director: Prashant Nair/88 min.
Cast: Lee Williams, Lillete Dubey, Anjali Patil, Vidya Bhushan (Language: Hindi and english with English subtitles)
Festivals and Awards: Mumbai
When the entire life savings of a young British traveler disappears during his stay in an upper-class South Delhi home, the household staff is suspected. The Ghambir family demands the servants replace money within 24 hours or face the consequences.
Yet despite his tremendous loss, the idealistic Westerner, Jasper (Lee Williams), remains calm. After all, he came to Delhi to experience a “spiritual, mystical, less worldly” India. He courageously breaks social barriers and tries to connect with the household staff, even catching the eye of the lovely Rohini (Anjali Patil), a vivacious young maid who dreams of stardom in Mumbai. Rather than harshly blaming the staff as the Ghambirs do, his sympathizes with their plight.
But from his perspective, Jasper cannot see the whole picture. While Rohini searches for a way out and fears for the life of the fatherly servant Raghu (Vidya Bhushan), Jasper is surrounded by the Ghambir’s pampered life of sleek cars, fine-dining and parties. As Jasper will come to learn from a small piece of advice from the uncle Dhanbir (Victor Banerjee), “There are many different Indias.”
Set between the palatial mansion of the Ghambir family and the hidden underworld of servants and slums, this dark comedy examines class differences and challenges stereotypes of social norms in modern day India.
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