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Split Wide Open (1999)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  25 July 2001 (Belgium)
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A search for a lost street girl in midst of exposés of modern sexual behaviour in Bombay and a water mafia in the city, this is a real 'split wide open' of the Indian glamour capital.

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Rahul Bose ...
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Nandita
Shivaji Satam ...
Shiv
Farida Haider Mulla ...
Didi
Shiv Paul ...
Bobby
Kiran Nagarkar ...
Arti Gosavi ...
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Auntie
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Leela
Veerendra Saxena ...
Altaf
Anjula Bedi ...
Mrs. G (show "I can't get no satisfaction")
Amit Divekar ...
The Son-in-Law (show 'I can't get no satisfaction')
Sopan Dorkar ...
Peon (show 'I can't get no satisfaction')
Adya Bedi ...
Virgin 1 (show 'The Virgins')
Neha Dubey ...
Virgin 2 (show "The Virgins")
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The film pits the new India of mobile phones, fancy cars and a growing middle class against the better known India of impoverished and exploited street urchins and caste structures. "Split Wide Open" refers to an American style talk show in which people, in darkness, confess to their secret sexual lives. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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16 Million People, 16 Million Stories, 16 Million Secret Lives. Which one of it is yours?

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Nandita: Remember these Mafia dons that you were telling me about? Do you think they'll...
KP aka Kut Price: [interrupting] They will not come Nandita.
Nandita: Well, I think you'll be surprised what people will do to get on television.
KP aka Kut Price: Good. If they come then you don't need me.
Nandita: Need you? Not just for the show. I mean, I find you, interesting.
KP aka Kut Price: Interesting? Arre, then you must be Aquarius. You're both intelligent and beautiful.
Nandita: [laughing] What? What the fuck line is that?
KP aka Kut Price: Bono was teaching me English. He said, that is romantic.
Nandita: [...]
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It's not Bollywood!
10 July 2001 | by (Tokyo) – See all my reviews

Indian Film industry does have something more to offer than Bollywood- sing-n'-dance-in-unison flicks! Mind you, Indians used to make politically and philosophically challenging profound films several decades ago. This film, I repeat, is NOT bollywood. What a relief. KP is the leading charactor who wanders about Bombay saerching for "value", I think. He has four main contacts, one with a little girl Didi whom he cherrishes like his sister, another with a female TV presenter who's hosting a expose program "split wide open", and yet another with a nice Catholic priest, finally with a mob who sells water. All four lead us to a different story, each intertwined together. Each contact represents a certain set of value, and KP struggles to find out what is truly valuable. You have to see for yourself what he finds at the end. This film says that there isn't such thing called pure value. Profound love, wisdom, realism, tradition, post-modernism, violence; "ha-ha-" to all of them. Since I'm not an expert in acting and filming, so I won't comment on them.

But the strong message must be rated 18. Can you refute?


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