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Ismail Merchant (a film made by) &
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January 1983 (UK) See more »
Roughly structured over 24 hours, we visit Pavan Pool, a compound in Bombay where poor women sing, dance... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Ismail Merchant 
Writing credits
Ismail Merchant (a film made by) &
James Ivory (a film made by) &
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (a film made by)

Produced by
Wahid Chowhan .... associate producer
Ismail Merchant .... producer
Kareem Samar .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Vishnu Mathur 
Film Editing by
Amit Bose 
Rita Stern (co-editor)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Fields .... assistant director
Sound Department
Ray Beckett .... sound
Richard King .... sound re-recordist
Vali Patel .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Rajesh Joshi .... camera operator: second unit
Rambali Mishra .... lighting technician
A. Natarajan .... lighting technician
Gyanchand Rikki .... assistant camera
Janardhan Rumde .... lighting technician
Editorial Department
Anna Ksiezopolska .... assistant editor (as Anna Ksiezopolska)
Dilip Roy .... assistant editor
Julie Talen .... assistant editor
Other crew
Azela Charles .... production secretary
Aamer Hussein .... assistant to director
Nausheer Nariman .... production accountant
Crew believed to be complete

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UK:74 min
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Documentary like film on Bombay, 8 September 2005
Author: dublin5 from Ireland

I enjoyed this film, i got it out on DVD. Its a Merchant Ivory film, there are quite a few, you will find them in the world cinema section of your DVD store.

It is basically a documentary on the old brothel area of Bombay called Pavan Pool. This place is a huge building that houses over a thousand people. The film starts off with the narrator, who is an actor playing the rent collector, he seems a little smarmy.

In Pavan Pool the family's that live there rejoice when there is a girl born as it means she will be able to make money by dancing and singing and courting. (It seems the men in PP do as little as possible and earn no money, unless they can play an instrument to accompany the women) The music is hypnotic and lively and the dancing is amazing.

The film moves along at a nice pace with various characters giving an interesting narration.

If you have an interest in India you should watch this, but keep in mind it was made way back in 1983..

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