Gutter Boy ( A Journey to Hell)

"Gutter”, sewage - you hear the word the visuals of dirty, filthy water running through the tunnels, underground the big rich cities come to your mind. We don’t see the dirty water or smell the stench coming from it, it’s exactly like how we have demarcation between the expensive buildings and slums. Those worlds don’t collide. But for a few unfortunate people, those worlds do collide, because the dirt, the filth that we create, they clean it”.
Sandeep was no different, he belonged to a poor, lower status/caste family, where they struggled to meet the ends but like every other youngster, he had the dream to be part of the world that creates the muck, not clean it. He goes to the big city with all the dreams to uplift him and his family from that grime life. His friend’s brother helps him in getting to the big city but the realization of how tough his life would be, comes crashing to Sandeep as he sees that in big cities as well, there are corners and areas for people like him to not live life but to merely survive and earn their living.
Gutter boy is a story of caste divide, societal segregation and life changing experience of a young man Sandeep. It speaks about how as a society we don’t consider the man cleaning our gutters human enough to even offer water. The film raises important points about the deaths that happen due to the toxic gasses that develops in sewages and how these poor people just to earn money, risk their lives every day to feed their families. It’s an inspiring story of Sandeep’s never to die spirit, where he doesn’t surrender to the circumstance, instead he educates himself so he doesn’t have to spend his life in the gutter.

  • Anupam Khanna Baswal
    Director
  • Maneesh Kumar
    Writer
  • Anupam Khanna Baswal
    Producer
  • Ajeet Kumar
    Key Cast
    "Sandeep"
  • Ankit Mahana
    Key Cast
    "Usmaan Bhai"
  • POOJA BHARDWAJ
    Key Cast
    "Sandeep's Mother"
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    58 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 15, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Language:
    Hindi
  • Shooting Format:
    HD, Cannon Mark IV
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Anupam Khanna Baswal

Anupam Khanna Baswal is from New Delhi, India. After completing her Masters in Mathematics and Bachelor in Education she wanted to become a filmmaker but the commercial pot-boilers were not her idea of telling stories. Deciding to make enough money to make her movie, Anupam got side-tracked for about 20 years and ended up building a successful career as a Teacher, a Sales Coordinator with SETMAX, and a Technical Recruiter in the USA. This has afforded her the financial stability to begin investing in her projects, opening up a world of creative possibilities. In 2018-19 she returned to her first love film-making and completed her film-making course from IFI (New Delhi) and FTII (Pune). Her first film ‘Gutter Boy – A Journey to Hell’ is a self-funded project depicting the harsh lives of sewer cleaners and the ugly caste divide in India. ‘Gutter Boy – A Journey to Hell’ has already been selected as the official entry to several film festivals including the prestigious (Bridges International Film Festival, Greece, Darbhanga International Film Festival, Chinh Youth Film Festival), winning her nominations in Best Direction. Best Feature Film and Best Story Categories. Recently her movie had UK Premiere at Watermans, London and got officially selected in Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards 2021 OIFFA., Canada.

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