Cosmopolis

Two Tales of a City
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English (subtitled), 13 min, 2004, India

In two discrete but associated shorts, 'Cosmopolis' looks at divisions of language, class, memory and food, and queries the myths of Bombay as a great cosmopolitan city.
 
TALE 1: THE FORGOTTEN CITY (1 min 30 sec)
A poem called Mumbai, about a city built by workers. A skyline where mill chimneys are replaced by glinting, cylindrical highrises, that mimic their shape, but do not hold their memory. A singer who recites the names of train stations, a map in song. In the eye of change, a forgotten city.
 
TALE 2: DEFEAT OF A MINOR GODDESS (11:30 min)
Annapurna, goddess of food, blesses the city with gastronomic abundance and reigns as its patron deity. However, soon she faces competition with the arrival her sister, Laxmi, goddess of wealth. The city spirals into a war over food and property, livelihood and living.

 
Producer:
Devi Pictures
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Arun Verma, Mrinal Desai, Setu
Editing:
Jabeen Merchant, Kavita Pai
Sound:
Gissy Michael, Hari M, Paromita Vohra, Vipin Bhati
Actors:
Kartik Krishnan, Paromita Vohra, Renuka Shahane