The GodSend

An impoverished migrant, with a violent past, finds refuge as a domestic worker, and turns his life and the lives of his masters around.
This is a journey into the lives of modern day servants, and the challenges they faces in a fast-changing India. It's estimated that there are between 20 million to 80 million domestic workers in India. Some are treated worse than dogs – often given rotten food, little rest and very little respect.

  • Sid Katragadda
    B.L.I.N.D - Born to Live in Near Darkness, Varanasi, City of Lights
  • Sid Katragadda
    B.L.I.N.D - Born to Live in Near Darkness, Varanasi, City of Lights
  • LakshmiNarayana
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  • Rajani Katragadda
    Key Cast
  • Subrahmanyam Katragadda
    Key Cast
  • Siddharth Katragadda
    Key Cast
  • Saranamma
    Key Cast
  • Shweta
    Key Cast
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    30 minutes
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    April 29, 2023
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    10,000 USD
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Director Biography - Sid Katragadda

Sid Katragadda is an emerging, award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker. His film B.L.I.N.D:Born To Live In Near Darkness was a semifinalist at the Rhode Island Film Festival, one of the top 10 film festivals in the US, and was an official submission to the 94th Academy Awards (Docu Short Subject).
His short film, ‘Varanasi’ won Best Foreign film at the Atlantic City Film Festival. His screenplays have been finalists in various Hollywood screenplay contests, including Page Contest, Screencraft and Nicholls Fellowships. His novel was a runner-up at the 2021 Red Hen Press Fiction Contest.

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Director Statement

This film is a journey into the lives of modern day servants, and the the challenges they face in a fast-changing India. What intrigued me about this topic is that even in the 21st century, we still have servants in India. Most middle-class families have them. The servant is really a slave in the old-fashioned way. They have no chains but chains aren’t needed. They have nowhere to go? If not us, they have to serve someone else.
They belong to the family but they cannot eat the same food, eat from the same vessels, sit on our furniture, nor sleep on our beds. The servants understand and accept this because it is our culture When the family watches television, the servant may also watch but they have to sit on the floor, like dogs.
I hope the film humanizes these servants, and shines the limelight on this grave social issue that plagues India to this age. It's time we stop using the negative connotation of "Servant" but use "Godsend" instead, for that's what they are.