This movie is based on the real life saga of the mill workers although the disclaimer totally contradicts the statement.It begin the narration of ...
This movie is based on the real life saga of the mill workers although the disclaimer totally contradicts the statement.It begin the narration of story by one of the protagonists and goes on to explain each character's significance.I liked the movie personally as it was based on true life but slightly tailored to suit the audience and it leaves a depressive effect in the end.Atleast ,it makes us aware of the true facts of life and makes us appreciate the smaller luxuries more.Mahesh manjrekar has selected the starcast carefully and some of them are actual son's of mill workers so the actual portrayal comes out naturally.It's a one time watch movie.people looking for humour and entertainment would be dissapointed.view less
Manjrekar knows the language and manners of the chawl Mumbaikar and what makes life here vibrant and precarious. All his best films have pluck and ...
Manjrekar knows the language and manners of the chawl Mumbaikar and what makes life here vibrant and precarious. All his best films have pluck and a loud dynamism, almost always bordering on melodrama. City of Gold is no different, although its far inferior to VaastavManjrekar made City of Gold in Marathi as Lalbaug Parel, which released earlier and has been a success.
Its the late 1980s, and after a nexus of mill owners, politicians and the mafia has shut down Mumbais cotton mills, the Dhiru family is struggling to survive. Three sons, a daughter, the father, who was a mill worker, and his dogged, embittered wife (movingly and authentically portrayed by Seema Biswas) tackle penury and petty crimes.
There is no reprieve in this story. One of the sons get embroiled in a mafia-industrialist conspiracy to kill mill worker union leaders, the daughter is cruelly betrayed in love, another son is an angry, failing playwright simultaneously battling writers block and poverty.Outside this household, and on the streets, its a dog-eat-dog world. While union leaders led by an elderly leader and his young protege (Sachin Khedekar) rouse the hopes of unemployed workers with impassioned speeches, youngsters brawl over money and ego. There are some powerfully intimate moments in the film, and some are blatantly brazen. In a world seething with frustration and deprivation, almost every conversation can be fuel for violence and breakdowns. view less
Today, there is hardly anyone who hasnt visited the swanky shopping malls, nightclubs, lounge bars, clubs and other such lifestyle destinations tha...
Today, there is hardly anyone who hasnt visited the swanky shopping malls, nightclubs, lounge bars, clubs and other such lifestyle destinations that sprung up across the centre of Mumbai.
However, very few know that buried deep below theses glittering edifices to consumerism lies the dark, dirty and painful reality of many thousands of mill workers who once worked the cotton mills in this very same area. Rising and toiling to the wail of the cotton mills in this very same area. Rising and toiling to the wail of the mill sirens each and every day, seven days a week, these workers embodied the true unbridled zeal and unflagging spirit of the city and played a pivotal role in the evolution of Mumbai as the modern day business capital of India. And then it suddenly was if they never existed. Following the mill workers strike in the mid-80s, these mills began closing down rapidly and the mill-workers mysteriously disappeared. What happened to them, and where they went is one of the most shameful secrets that the city of Mumbai will have to bear for generations, one that until now has always been spoken about in hushed whispers. City of Gold the story of these long-forgotten masses not only explores the apathy of these mill workers narrated through the story of one such family, but is also a take-no-prisoners account of the birth of the true underbelly of organized crime in Mumbai. view less