(out of 5)
Lovely documentary by Merchant Ivory’s composer Richard Robbins. Inspired by his own experience of waking up in Bombay to the sound of a beautiful melody being sung by lepers traversing the streets, he takes his cameras around the region and films street musicians who make their living from their talents. The variety of characters he meets have the vibrant personalities to match their colourful clothing, and the insights we discover about some of their personal lives are enriching as well (the segment where he interviews Hijrahs, traditional eunuchs of Indian society, is particularly memorable). It’s not particulary lengthy at only 59 minutes, but Robbins makes the most of its running time and provides a rewarding experience. Available on the DVD of The Courtesans Of Bombay.
Merchant Ivory Productions, FilmFour
Directed by Richard Robbins
Cinematography by Jehangir Choudhary
Produced by Wahid Chowhan
Music by Ustad Sultan Khan, Richard Robbins
Film Editing by Amit Bose