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Mumbai, a city built on the efforts of hardworking individuals, continues to thrive in its own unique way. The challenges faced by its labor force have shaped its trajectory over the years. Regardless of the obstacles encountered, Mumbai forges ahead, its inhabitants constantly striving to overcome adversity. Vikas, a young dalit manhole worker, descends into the manhole and becomes trapped inside when the lid is accidentally closed. Determined to escape the confines of the sewer, he embarks on a relentless quest for freedom. Unfortunately, his cries for help go unheard, yet he persists in his valiant efforts.

  • Pradyumna Nandesh Patil
  • Pradyumna Nandesh Patil
  • Swati Nandesh Patil
  • Rohan surve
    Key Cast
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    drama, experimental, horror
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2023
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    English, Marathi
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Director Biography - Pradyumna Nandesh Patil

Experimented with various forms such as PSA, documentary, Photo Story, Guerrilla Film and contributed to every role within flim making during the process. ie. (Writing, Storyboarding, Direction & Production).Practicing theatre from past 10 years.Performed/directed/written scripts for several plays in nationally acclaimed festivals like IPTA, Thespo and Sawai. I have made many short films and mini feature films namely, Wadgho & Mrugaja, critically acclaimed amongst the lot.

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Director Statement

How long shall we continue to deny equality in our social and economic life? Dr. Ambedkar posed this question in Constituent Assembly, and unfortunately even after 75 years we don’t have definite answer to it.

Blackhole is a film on a sewer worker, named Vikas, who gets trapped in sewer while cleaning it. Its an attempt to make our society see the continued perils of Dalits, as society tend to ignore it, Ministers of Indian Government have audacity to say ‘no manual scavenging death reported during 2019 to 2022, It added that a total of 233 people had died “due to accidents while undertaking hazardous cleaning of sewer and septic tanks” in this time period.’ (The Hindu: Dec 14, 2022). Sewer cleaning is new form of Manual Scavenging and it has been institutionalised by integrating it with caste system. This film aims at make our society see the misery of being a Dalit and ponder over the question posed by Dr Ambedkar ‘How long shall we continue to deny equality in our social and economic life?’