Not Caste in Stone
Firdaus Soni, Keduokhrietuo Sachu, Kritika Agarwal, Prateek Shekhar, Vaibhav B. Sorte
The film tries to understand the significance of a temple while delving into attributes like caste and power associated with it. It tries to do so, through the story of a more than a century old temple in the heart of Mumbai city, in Dharavi. The Adi-Dravida, a dalit community from Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu had started migrating to Bombay in the late 19th century. Apart from other occupations, most of the people from their caste worked in the leather tanneries. In the hustle of the Ganpati festival preparations, organized by the newly elected temple committee, the film explores the history of migration and occupation, understands how Matunga is an exclusionary space and the significance of the temple in everyday life of the people from this community.
Firdaus Soni, Keduokhrietuo Sachu, Kritika Agarwal, Prateek Shekhar, Vaibhav B. Sorte studied M. A in Media and Cultural Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (during 2013 – 2015). Currently they are all engaged with various organizations.