Powai is a triptych of stories about three women from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds living in the titular suburb of Mumbai: a domestic worker, a government preschool teacher and a software professional. As they struggle to realize their aspirations and claim their autonomy in a fast-changing, male-dominated, chaotic, and often unforgiving urban landscape, their lives intersect in small, unexpected ways.
KULDIP PATEL is a tech entrepreneur and independent filmmaker based in Powai, near Mumbai. His first film was a Hindi-language short called Paroskh (2012). He then co-founded November Films, through which he produced Dhunki (2019), a hugely popular Gujarati-language film that he wrote, and which received a large distribution, opening on 125 screens across India. Powai is his debut feature film as a director. It premiered at the Moscow International Film Festival before coming to the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), where it garnered the Best Screenplay award. The film’s story is based on the director’s own experience as an inhabitant of Powai. “I was fascinated by its diversity”, he says, “where you meet migrants from all corners of the country working in different domains, living starkly different lives in this closely knit neighbourhood. It is like a microcosm of India in a way. […] The suburb’s geographical range is quite cinematic with hills, lakes, parks, office complexes and underbelly lanes. And while the subjects are universal, I wanted to treat them entirely as personal struggles, keeping the stories and characters rooted and faithful to their space, culture and social milieus.”
scr.: Kuldip Patel | cin.: Vidya Nath Bharti | ed.: Shankar Regar, Kratika Adhikari | cost.: Neha Patel, Tejal Rane | art dir.: Niraj Singh | snd: Urmil Pandya | cast: Nishant Bahl, Satyen Chatuverdi, Urmila Mahanta, Smriti Mishra, Shruti Pandey, Ashriya Vast, Princi Lakra | prod.: Kuldip Patel, Neha Patel, Anish Shah, Jay Shah
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