They earn their living in houses on the streets of Bombay – behind curtains drawn time and again to let in the customers from the street. They sit behind the windows staring at the world passing by. Some of them have children in villages far away from Bombay, which was the only place they could go. To survive.

The claustrophobic world the film invites us to experience also includes a young, male social worker, a modern Sisyphus who makes an endless effort to inform, encourage and provide general sexual education. He believes his efforts can change something, and he loves the girls and women in the small rooms of shadow and light.

The same basic human love emanates from the film. This has demanded great respect, a distinct filmmaker’s viewpoint and an appreciation of cinematic language that not only depicts the lives of poor Indian prostitutes among the dregs of society, but also conveys the emotion that these women endure their fate through humour and by caring for each other.

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