Split Wide Open (1999)

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A search for a lost street girl in midst of exposés of modern sexual behaviour in Bombay and a water mafia in the city, this is a real 'split wide open' of the Indian glamour capital.


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Director:

Dev Benegal

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Dev Benegal

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3 November 2011 | Chrysanthepop
Hidden In The Darkness of Streets
Dev Benegal's fascinating and yet disturbing tale 'Split Wide Open' reminded me of Mira Nair's 'Salaam Bombay'. Very few Indian films have been able to portray street life in Bombay as authentically as these two. While it brings forth disturbing issues and tackles subjects about harsh reality, 'Split Wide Open' is both intense and comical.

Like Bose's K.P. says at some point in the film, 'When life is bad TV seems fun and when TV's bad, life seems fun'. Then Nandita mentions that Bombay is so deeply sunk in corruption that it is beyond repair and that the media is the only one that has power to tell the truth. But this raises another question. What value does the truth have in Bombay? Would it heal the city? Sex is also a key theme. Right from incest and prostitution to paedophilia and pederasty, 'Split Wide Open' touches on all these issues.

'Split Wide Open' is a well-crafted film. The art direction looks very genuine. The cinematography brings a voyeuristic feel. The writing is solid. The humour and intense sequences are treated well. The script does occasionally steer away from the main plot only to come back. Rahul Bose delivers one of his best performances. K.P. could have easily been a clichéd slumdwelling loser but Bose makes him likable and roots for him to succeed. Laila Rouass is charming as sexy Nandita who wants to do good through her work. Shivaji Satham and Farida Haider Mulla are brilliant. Ayesha Dharker tends to go over the top at times.

A satire that's poignant and enjoyable, 'Split Wide Open' works on various levels of entertainment. Not everybody would be comfortable seeing it, but it's definitely worth watching.

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