MUMBAI: Documentary film maker Madhushree Dutta’s nonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“fiction documentary feature Seven Islands and a Metro will be released in multiplexes on 6 October by Shringar Films.
“Though I have made many documentaries, Seven Islands and a Metro is my first release. Generally these so called arty movies get a very specific and class consumption and never mass consumption. I’m glad that my documentary is reaching its subjects and right audiences,” says Dutta.
Dutta had earlier won the Filmfare Award in 1994 for her documentary I Live in Behrampada. Subsequently she also won two National Awards in 1996 and 2001 for Memories of Fear and Scribbles on Akka.
Shringar Films managing director Shyam Shroff added, “I was highly touched by this piece of art and felt it deserved a wider audience. Hence we decided to make available our platform for this creative effort. I’m sure it will receive a very good response and will narrate a new tale to the citizens of this city about their city.”
Seven Islands and a Metro will be the first of its kind to bag a multiplex release by Shringar Films. It deals with the multilingual Bombay, the Bombay of intolerance, the Bombay of closed mills, of popular culture, sprawling slums and real estate onslaughts, the metropolis of numerous ghettos, the El Dorado. This non-fiction documentary is structured around imaginary debates between two legendary writers Ismat Chugtai and Sa’adat Hasan Manto, who lived in this metropolis Mumbai. Their characters have been played by Harish Khanna and Vibha Chibbar.
Seven Islands and a Metro has been produced by Majlis Production. This 100 minute documentary is a fusion of English, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi and Bombaiya.