emLast year's Hollywood blockbuster, The Help looked at Mississippi white women and their black maids. Now closer to home, Indian attitudes towards their help are being challenged by director Prashant Nair in Delhi in a Day./em
emThe film is a satirical look at the lifestyles of the nouveau-riche in Delhi and how they interact and lord it over their home help, said 34-year-old Nair who has an engineering degree from Purdue University./em
emNair, co-founded Avedya, a successful social media consultancy firm in 2000, but turned to movie making nine years later after taking a filmmaking intensive and editing classes at New York University. /em
emThe well shot film is a masterly portrayal of Delhi's baba-log, examining how the haves and the have-nots coexist in Indian homes. It looks at what happens in the palatial Bhatia family mansion in South Delhi run by a semi-alcoholic cook, an over-excitable butler, two Tamil drivers, a maid and a major domo after a British house-guest suffers a theft./em
emNair talked to Firstpost about his first feature film on the sidelines of the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF). Nair and the film's lead Anjali Patel were nominated for best director and best actress at the NYIFF. The film has had a successful festival run in the US and Europe. /em
emDelhi in a Day which is in Hindi and English with smatterings of Tamil and Punjabi will open in theaters in India on 24 August. It is anchored by a lively cast that includes veteran Victor Banerjee, Lillete Dubey, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Anjali Patil and Welsh actor and former Calvin Klein model Lee Williams. Here are excerpts:/em
strongDoes emDelhi in a Day/em explore the warts and all relationship between India's pampered rich and those who pick up after them?/strong
Yes, in fact the film is a satirical look at the lifestyles of the nouveau-riche in Delhi and how they interact with their staff.
I wanted to explore the often troubling ways in which the ultra-rich co-exist with those who work for them in their homes. In many cases, even young people in their twenties and teens behave obnoxiously with their help. There's very little space for dignity and I wanted to portray this in hope that it will give people a chance to reflect on all this. It's worrying to see, in so many cases, such a basic lack of courtesy, values and crude class differences.
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