44th edition 21 January - 1 February 2015

Kali salwaarHF-2002 
The Black Garment

Colourful film version of a forbidden story about the feelings of an Indian prostitute in the lively slums of Bombay. Filled with references to Indian and Western film, poetry and other arts.

Sultana, a prostitute from a small India town, moves with her pimp/husband to the metropolis Bombay. She is completely overwhelmed by the hectic city and it is almost impossible for her to get enough customers. Her pimp tries several jobs, but has no success and turns to religion. Flat broke, Sultana remains behind. Her greatest desire, to wear a black salwaar during the month of mourning, would seem out of reach.Fareeda Mehta brings the characters, sounds and colours of the slums of Bombay to life in Kali salwaar. The sets are as lively as street life itself, with great emphasis on colour schemes. Based on primary colours, they change from earthy tints to more synthetic colours, ending in black, the colour of the salwaar Sultana so yearns to wear.The script is based on several stories by Saadat Hasan Manto, a wellknown writer who also shows up in the film as a character. His 'Kali salwaar' was banned in India because of the allegedly obscene message of the story that is largely about the feelings of a prostitute and about sexual power and oppression. In addition to this literary background, Kali salwaar is full of references to poetry, painting, music and western and Indian film.

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India 2001
DirectorFareeda Mehta
ProducerAndaaz Productions
 Praveen Kumar
 National Film Development Corp.
ScenarioFareeda Mehta, based on works of Saadat Hasan Manto
CastSurekha Sikri
 Sadiya Siddiqui
 Irfan Khan
 Jeetu Shastri
 Vrajesh Hirjee
PhotographyAvijit Mukul Kishore
EditorAseem Sinha
Production designBhupen Khakhar
Sound designNamita Naik
MusicVed Nair
Length113'
Film format35mm
Themes
2002 hubert bals fund International premiere



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