Espirito Kashi joins Danish architect Henrik Valeur’s project to document Urban Transition in Gurgaon

It is our quest to constantly learn from other filmmakers and also to assist them in their research in India.

Tracing Gurgaon’s rapid transformation  from a deserted land bordering Delhi to compact centre with magnetic pull drawing MNC’s (remember GE story), flashy business class, White-collar and Blue-collar workers alike to make it theirs.

Espirito Kashi joins Danish Architect Henrik Valeur and Swedish-Danish Documentary Film maker Ulrika Winther in their sojourn to document Urban Transition in Gurgaon and its social impact. The film will be depicting four life stories spun around the daily lives of four families hailing from four different strata of the Millennium city.

As we break bread with one family at Neem Tala, an informal settlement, present at the margins of Village Wazirabad, we learnt of their many struggles and redemptions. Wazirabad village on the other hand, largely dominated by Yadav Community (landed gentry), found us in midst of a wedding of two sisters on same date. Trailing through a dump-yard, at some distance we enter a buffer zone with some vegetation still intact is the middle class settlement. Being surrounded by enclosures that go by exotic names in contrast to Saraswati Kunj – Belmonte, Verandas etc. luring elites with high-rise apartments and round the clock security, Saraswati Kunj finds less takers.

No doubt like many others, Gurgaon is a city of contrasts, trying hard to break-away from water and sewerage crisis, the documentary tries to make a vital point about sustainable urbanisation through individual participation, as Lefebvre (1996) enlarges his view on the term ‘living’, we always need to remember ‘living’ entails not just renting a flat but further “being a part of the world”. To develop social practices enabling interactions with others will help them create a certain integration, in space and time, causing it to endear and counter, the private sector’s allied with government’s apathy, towards its many environmental problems in the long run.

This project is being assisted by our newest team member Jennifer Jenny. She is a PHD scholar from JNU.


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