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The Courtesans of Bombay (1983)

TV Movie | 74 min | Documentary, Music

Roughly structured over 24 hours, we visit Pavan Pool, a compound in Bombay where poor women sing, dance, and engage in prostitution. By day, they practice singing and dancing, both traditional and pop. Brothers and uncles with musical ...See moreRoughly structured over 24 hours, we visit Pavan Pool, a compound in Bombay where poor women sing, dance, and engage in prostitution. By day, they practice singing and dancing, both traditional and pop. Brothers and uncles with musical talent accompany them; the other men are idle, gambling and laying about, living off the women's earnings. At night, men come to the compound, walking past room after room of performing women, sitting down to listen to those who interest them. What they pay is up to them. After hours, prostitution begins. Our guides are the compound's rent collector, an older woman who grew up there, and a bit-part actor who spends his earnings there. Written by See less
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Ismail Merchant (a film made by) | James Ivory (a film made by) | Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (a film made by)
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Updated Jan 31, 1983

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Jan 1983 (United Kingdom)

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Zohra Sehgal
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6.5 / 10 | 88 votes