Duration: 13 mins
Language: Hindi and Marathi
Delisle Road Dreams
When a city transforms in slow-motion, its inhabitants undergo a transformation that isn’t always obviously visible. The story of how Mumbai’s mill character was systematically dismantled is often narrated as a series of happenings. However, what such histories of the city do to the mindscapes and aspirations of the people involved is not captured in its nuances.
Through the testimonies of three generations of an erstwhile mill worker-led family, living in a Delisle Road chawl, our film tries to explore the metamorphosis of hopes, dreams and survival itself. What does Jayashree, who was a badli kaamgaar (substitute labourer) in the mills hope for her son Yuvraaj, a computer operator in an ad agency? What does young Yash, Yuvraaj’s son, aspire for? How do all of them imagine a ‘good life’ in a city that is ruled by a real estate lobby? How do they remember their past with respect to the mill lands of Mumbai? ‘Delisle Road Dreams’ hopes to unravel these questions and more.