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Split Wide Open (1999)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 25 July 2001 (Belgium)
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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Nandita
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Farida Haider Mulla ...
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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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KP aka Kut Price: [to Nandita] You know, I'll tell you one thing. If TV is sad, life is fun. If TV is fun, life is sad.
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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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