Watching KATIYABAAZ was my Mughal e Azam moment , you step into the theatre expecting to support Shehzada Saleem and leave supporting a Team Akbar Tshirt. I was sure this was a movie where I would be rooting for the little man with nerves of steel--Loha Singh, the dabang braveheart looping electric wires ala a desi robinhood . Steal electricity from the rich to feed the needs of the growing poor. However, as the documentary progressed I grew more and more impressed of the " karak" MD of Kanpur's KESCO, Ritu Maheshwari who tries to make sense of the immense power crisis that has defeated the imagination and will of her predecessors. Never has a David and Goliath made you feel some compassion for the Goliath too.
And Kanpur, well any modern day city in South Asia today, what a tangled web of deceit ( and illegal electricity wires) you weave.
Watch Katiyabaaz, kiya zor ka bijli ka jhatka dheere se lage.
It packs more suspense than any modern day Hindi film and has a "real life " ending jaisa ke picturo mai nahi hota sadly .