Gitanjali S
Mukta Patil
Munmun Dhalaria
Rohini Talewar
Sandeep Viswanath

Duration: 15 mins
Language: Marathi
Subtitles: English


Mahatma Phule Vyayam Shala

Three generations of men come together and share their stories to tell us why they need this Mahatma Phule Vyayam Shala and the sport of kushti. Though the film is set in Lower Parel, Mumbai, it is a universal story of migration and the aspirations it brings. It is a reflection on the concerns surrounding a dying sport. ‘Mahatma Phule Vyayam Shala’ is a gymkhana that was established in the 30s to house and train kushti wrestlers who worked at the cotton mills of Bombay. Following the demise of the mills at the end of the 20th Century, this ‘vyayam shala’ now stands at the brink of its demise. With its context eroding from the city, the sport is slowly disappearing. Today, it struggles to remain open and provide a space for practice and fitness for its members.