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Our Time

Section: World Cinema
Directed by: Bappaditya Bandopadhyay


Kaal
India, 2007

Dir.: Bappaditya Bandopadhyay
Scr.: Kunal Sengupta, Sudip Bose, Bappaditya Bandopadhyay
Phot.: Rana Dasgupta
Editor: Uttam Roy
Music: Abhijit Bose
Cast: Sandhya Shettey, Chandrayee Ghosh, Dola Chakraborty, Rudranil Ghosh, Sankar Debnath, Samapika Debnath, Rupsa Guha
Format: 35 mm; Colour
118 mins

Contact: Bhaidani Films

Contact: bappadityabandopadhyay@gmail.com


Itu is in love with her music teacher who sells her to an agent involved in human trafficking after a painful abortion. Fatima, an illegal immigrant, is raped by the Border Security forces before also being sold to traffickers. Soma, whose elder sister is a prostitute, decides to follow the same path as poverty deprives her of any other choice. A young widow gets entangled in the same trafficking. Real drama unfolds when the girls land up in the city and their dreams change and soon the color of money is all that matters. They slowly get lost in the glitter and glamour of being call girls. Things become more intriguing when a European girl, sharing the same fate, shares their apartment.

Modern society’s view of what has cynically been called “the world’s oldest profession” in order to legitimate the buying of other’s bodies is dramatized in this controversial feature that might be described as Bollywood’s answer to Swedish director Lukas Moodysson’s Lilja 4-ever.





See also:
Half Moon Hello, Stranger
Kek Las Cruces
One Night in One City Pao's Story
The Pope’s Toilet Stop Revolution
The Swallows Have Arrived Those Three
Tribe
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