Synopsis: Kaala is about the life of Nellai / Tirunelveli based Tamils who live in large number in Mumbai.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Pa. Ranjith
Production: Wunderbar Studios
Rotten Tomatoes:
162 min


In the evolution of

human civilization...

...land has played

an important part

As civilizations developed...

...humans wanted to

produce their own food

They converted forests...

...to agricultural lands

making it conducive for existence

Lands they toiled in

became their God...

...their religious rite and

a caste ritual

Land became power!

From our myths and epics...

to the present

wars fought to expand borders...

and to assert power...

...enslave the losing side

Even in Independent India...

land ownership and deprivation...

and the social status

associated with it...

...are all unwritten laws

Even after many centuries...

...this hasnt changed much

in our villages and our cities

A considerable amount

of land in the cities...

...is retained by the slum dwellers

through their labour and numbers

We call them the urban poor

They face severe

oppression in this country

Corporate companies...

and land mafia feel that...

the land of these

under-represented people...

...is ruining the beauty of the city

That they are unclean...

...and are criminal hubs

They want these people to be thrown out

People are removed brutally

from their own land

They are either thrown

outside the city...

...or into match box sized

housing projects

They live and die, with no land

to call their own

This happens in all our cities

with all of us as the eyewitness

Indias financial capital...

...Mumbai is no exception to this

I am reporting from the open laundry

in Dharavis 90 feet road

The State assembly elections

are round the corner

Ruling Party Chief Haridev Abhyankar...

...announced 'Pure Mumbai scheme

in the last term

A plan to demolish huts

and build apartments instead

Keys to newly built houses

are handed over in many places

'Puja' for the first building in Dharavi

is going on now

Arise, a peoples movement here

is opposing this project

Come along, you will see...

The Bhumi Puja

is happening on one side...

...and protests by 'Arise' movement

right behind

This first opposition to the scheme

has created a furore among the residents

Hey, what are you doing?


Turn it off!

Stop filming!

Sir, Camera!


We wash clothes every day.

We wash clothes every day!

We work hard every day.

We work hard every day!

Our houses are ours to keep.

Our houses are ours to keep!

'Our land is ours to keep.'

'Our land is ours to keep!'


'Our jobs are ours to keep.'

'Our jobs are ours to keep!'


Hey, Move!

- Our rights are ours to keep!

- Hey, stop

- We will never give it away.

- Stop I said

We are the owners and

we dont have a problem

What is your problem?

Hey, you are the Secretary

You would have a plan

to mint money out of this

You will leave these people hanging?

Are you the authority here?

Dharavi is going to be

filled with buildings

Saving the dhobi ghat'!


This Akka has been here for 20 years

What will she do

if there is no place to work?

'Our rights are ours to keep.'

- Brother is here. Come

- Lets go

'Our jobs are ours to keep.'

I thought there won't be

any problems

- Yes

- Look what is happening

- Dont worry about it

- Resolve it somehow

He will come here straight

Don't pick a fight with him

I warn you

Why are you all scared?


We are just protesting right?



Our jobs are ours to keep.

Our jobs are ours to keep!

- Move them

- Yes, Sir

- 'Our rights are ours to keep!'

- Go back! Move!

'We will never give it away.'

'We will never give it away!'

We wash clothes every day.

We wash clothes every day!

Our rights are ours to keep.

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