The promise of a global city is being used to bulldoze Bangalore, India's I.T. capital, at the expense of the people who live in it. To whose advantage?
Bangalore is being refashioned as a 'world-class' metropolis. Livelihoods and homes make way for flyovers, glitzy malls and a shiny Metro. Threatened with violent transformation of their city, residents confront the authorities. Beneath the State's ideal of a 'global' city lurks the intent to clear a pasture for big business.
The film captures the city from 2008-2013, a period of dramatic transformation: the building of the Metro; mushrooming of swanky malls and gated communities; destruction of homes, livelihoods and shrinking green cover. Many felt that the State had ignored social justice, environmental concerns and basic principles of democratic governance in its haste to build a global city. Consequently this period witnessed escalated conflict between authorities and city residents.
Supported by Asian Network of Documentary
(Busan, South Korea), 2013
Selected for DocWok
(Magic Lantern Movies & DOK Leipzig), 2012-13