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Mumbai400008 - A story of betrayal,pain and desperation !

“Mumbai 400008 – A story of betrayal, pain and desperation” is an insightful documentary which highlights the struggle for survival of commercial sex workers during Pandemic Covid-19. It highlights the predicament of destitution faced by the commercial sex workers in Asia’s the oldest and largest district – Kamathipura.
The documentary film, depicts how 7000 plus sex workers from Kamathipura, Falkland Road, Faras Road went penniless in lockdown. As the trade of prostitution totally depending on physical intimacy and touch, was ensured to be under strictest of strict locked down so as the contagious coronavirus doesn’t spread in city.
“Mumbai 400008 – A story of betrayal, pain and desperation”- the film portrays the Pandora of problems of commercial sex workers surfaced during pandemic. How daily earning and daily spending forced them to fall in pit of debt. It also narrates trafficking story of each sex worker.
The documentary - “Mumbai 400008 – A story of betrayal, pain and desperation” high spots how despite directive by the Supreme Court of India to provide financial assistance, food grains, masks and sanitizers to 9 lakhs sex workers and transgender botched up.
It focusses how the commercial sex workers’ despite being integral part of the society remain invisible both for society as well as government. It also depicts on the struggle of commercial sex workers to get recognition rights of ‘informal workers’ in the society.
- By Santoshee Mishra

  • Santoshee Gulabkali Mishra
  • Santoshee Gulabkali Mishra
  • Santoshee Ramashankar Mishra
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    34 minutes 36 seconds
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    August 25, 2021
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    15,000 USD
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    July 23, 2022
    Nomination for Best Documentry
  • CultureCinema (C2F2)
    July 19, 2022
    Nomination for Best Documentry
Director Biography - Santoshee Gulabkali Mishra

Santoshee Gulabkali Mishra, is an Independent Journalist and a Documentary Filmmaker. Presently pursuing Bachelor of Law from University of Mumbai and has completed Bachelor degree in English literature.
Born in Mumbai has worked as Journalist for more than two decades with leading media houses - Free Press Journal, Hindustan Times, Mid -Day Multimedia Pvt Ltd, The Indian Express group in India. Well-studied and investigating stories which created milestones are:
Interview of Haseena Parkar,sister of Underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim
Hasan Ali's evasion of taxes
BBC (Bombay Blast Case)
Mumbai Terror attacks
As a veteran in crime and legal beats have reported human interest stories of the city too which have been awarded and appreciated by, Shri K Sanakarnarayanan the former Maharashtra Governor and also by the Mumbai Marathi Journalist Association.
During pandemic, as an Independent Journalist highlighted heart wrenching stories of the Commercial Sex Workers from Mumbai and Pune. The stories were published in TheNews21 and Citizen Matters -news portal.

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