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City of Gold - Mumbai 1982: Ek Ankahee Kahani (2010)

An impoverished family faces challenges and obstacles after strikes/shut-downs/arson shut down Mumbai's mills.

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... Arvind Rane
... Lakshmi G. Dhuri / Aai
... Giri Dhuri / Baba (as Ankush Choudhary)
... Mama
... Ganesh 'Ganya' G. Rahate / Speedbreaker (as Siddharth Jadhav)
Shashank Shende ... Anna G. Dhuri
... Mahendra
... Naru G. Dhuri
... Manju G. Dhuri / Manju A. Rane
... Mami (as Kashmera Shah)
... Mohan G. Dhuri
... Govind Rahate
Nitin Jadhav ... Pakya
... Parshya Bhai
Kishore Pradhan ... Khetaan (as Kishor Pradhan)
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Today, there is hardly anyone who hasn't visited the swanky shopping malls, nightclubs, lounge bars, clubs and other such lifestyle destinations that sprung up across the centre of Mumbai. However, very few know that buried deep below these glittering edifices to consumerism lies the dark, dirty and painful reality of many thousands of mill workers who once worked the cotton mills in this very same area. Rising and toiling to the wail of the mill sirens each and every day, seven days a week, these workers embodied the true unbridled zeal and unflagging spirit of the city and played a pivotal role in the evolution of Mumbai as the modern day business capital of India. And then it suddenly was as if they never existed. Following the mill workers strike in the mid-80s, these mills began closing down rapidly and the mill-workers mysteriously disappeared. What happened to them, and where they went is one of the most shameful secrets that the city of Mumbai will have to bear for generations... Written by Anonymous

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Alternate-language version of Lalbaug Parel: Zali Mumbai Sonyachi (2010) See more »

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Has the director seen other mumbai-based slum movies?!
27 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Vaastav still remains Mahesh Manjrekar's biggest hit till date - City of Gold was not even half of what Vaastav was. I was so excited to see this movie however it turned out to be one of the biggest disappointment of the year. The hype behind the movie was an untold story and the director's name but to tell you the truth - the core message of the movie that should have been was lost between a family's problems in poverty. The mill-workers that it is supposed to be based upon were only seen as poor people and any other mumbai-based slum movie would have shown what it did. Many of the actors were look-alikes e.g. Naru (character name) resembled R Madhavan and his brother resembled another TV actor which made this a little on the funnier side. Some tragedy scenes were done so tragically that it turned out to be funnier at times.

Bad acting, bad screenplay, nothing new - just not worth the time and money. After having seen Vaastav and Satya (by RGV) this movie falls flat.


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