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