Deepti Murali
Prateek Shekhar
Shubhra Dixit
Smita Vanniyar
Vaibhav Sorte

Duration: 37 mins
Language: English and Hindi
Subtitles: English


Govandi Crime aur Camera

Govandi Crime aur Camera is a film that looks at a bunch of young men from Shivaji Nagar, Govandi who produce local media content as a means to combat the rampant drug problem in the area. Shivaji Nagar is an informal settlement at the edge of Mumbai, located right next to India’s largest garbage dumping ground. The SVJ Boyzz, as they call themselves, produce a crime show, Govandi C.I.D, which they then put up on YouTube. Their show is modeled on popular mainstream serials such as C.I.D and Crime Patrol. They use jugaad to procure sets and props, equipment etc. to make up for the lack of access to resources. The film focuses on six characters, Afzal, Aslam, Ram, Ruman, Shafik and Tosif, who alongside their day jobs, are pursuing their passion for acting through Govandi C.I.D. Through them and their stories, the film explores Govandi as a space, the struggle to go against the norm and produce media content, the role of the Internet and their aspirations.