April 10, 2010 01:45:56 PM IST Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
Though he started off as a mainstream commercial filmmaker with VAASTAV being a Mumbai boy, Mumbai never went out of his film making oeuvre and it continues to find reverberation from the time of VAASTAV to MEE SHIAVAJIRAO BHOSLE BOLTOY and now with LALBAUG PAREL in MARATHI and CITY OF GOLD in Hindi Mahesh Manjrekar has put into perspective one of the primary edifices of the city of Mumbai, which made what it is, the hub of cotton textile mills, as a mirror to the society of Mumbai, who has conveniently swept the mill workers under the carpet.
The erstwhile name of the city, Bombay is an offshoot that derives its name from generic name of cotton, and the city got its vitality owing to the cotton mills, trading of cotton etc. all. It is also an interesting fact in the commercial genre after a really long time a film has been released that tries to focus upon the plight of the cotton farmers as Mahesh Manjrekar has done with CITY OF GOLD.
It indeed is an opportune moment to pay tribute to the memory of these foot soldiers that were responsible in a major way to define the cosmopolitan culture of Mumbai.
MAZDOOR: Who else but B R Chopra could have thought about bringing into relief the plight of the mill owners coinciding with the strikes of mill workers in Mumbai where Dilip Kumar played an important role ably supported by Raj Babbar and Padmini Kolhapure.