A day in the life of Lajja Shah. Afternoon. Train to Dadar.
Cinematographer: Shaina Anand
Duration: 00:18:15; Aspect Ratio: 1.778:1; Hue: 22.408; Saturation: 0.076; Lightness: 0.375; Volume: 0.096; Cuts per Minute: 32.646; Words per Minute: 17.528
Summary: Lajja Shah is a freelance stylist residing in Malad E. Most days are unpredictable and are spent networking through the city. Speed, mobility and connectivity are crucial; all modes of transport are exploited. Here filmmaker Shaina Anand (SA) follows Lajja on the train from Andheri station to Dadar station, as Lajja makes her way from the suburbs of Mumbai, into town.
Road view of Andheri station.
Banner: Speakwell English Academy
Ticket counters - Andheri station
Lajja walking into ticket counters - Andheri station
SA: Go lugs
Lajja getting a ticket. A child beggar with his hand out at the counter.
SA: Lajja stop.
(Two) first class....
Lajja goes over to another counter.
Lajja continues a phone conversation till she gets to the counter
(Two) first class.... Mahalaxmi.
Man: Jara hamara bhi nikaal de
(Film us also)
SA: Go straight up.
Lajja drops and picks up coins.
Lajja walks up the stairs
Track shot with people walking up and down the stair case.
View from landing in between flights of stairs, looking down at ticket counters.
Front view of Lajja coming up the stair case.
Lajja walks back down to landing.
SA: Yeah. Go.
Lajja walks up second flight of stairs.
Walk bridge view of railway tracks and car park.
L: (on phone) No, but you guys are going to have to pay for the damages that have just. It was on the photo shoot.
Lajja walking on the walk bridge.
Track shot of Lajja walking on the walk bridge.
SA: Lugs walk faster if you need to.
Lajja walking down the stairs to the platform.
Lajja running down the stairs to catch the train.
On the train, leaving Andheri station.
first class. ladies' compartment
In the First Class Ladies' Compartment
L on the phone.
People getting into the compartment at Santa Cruz station. Some school buys get on and a lady selling hair accessories
School boys find seats close by.
Lajja on her phone
Khar Road stop. Begging man gets on board.
School boys: Bandra's coming on this side.
Looking out from the compartment as the train approaches Bandra station.
Pulling into Bandra station. Electronic display informs that the time is 1.32 pm and that the train is has 9 compartments,
Leaving Bandra Station. The chawls
Lajja talks over the phone and the black water of Mahim Creek are in the background. Passing Mahim.
Pulling into Mahim station.
L: Train approaching.
Watching as the train speeds towards Matunga Road.
SA: We'll get one nice angle.
SA: Tell me about how often you use the train.
L: I use the train everyday. Because it's the most convenient mode of transport in Bombay, especially for long distances. So, if I'm travelling from my house, which is in the far suburbs, to somewhere beyond Bandra, then I definitely take the train. But if I'm somewhere in the vicinity of the suburbs, then I take the rickshaw because that's far more convenient. So, it depends on where I'm going. If I'm going to town, then definitely the train. Like we are going to town just now. This is half the time it would take to go by road. It's a lot more convenient, no pollution, no stress. Just reach from point A to point B in no time. And I have a First Class Pass, so I have no issues of standing in a line. So I just hop into a train and hop out whenever I want. I have a First Class Pass. I've taken a First Class Pass because of the population, the amount of people who travel in First Class is one third of what it is in the second class. So obviously it is a lot more comfortable than the second class.
That's the second class. As you can see there First Class is a lot emptier. There's place to sit. There's place to stand and place to breathe. Not so in the second class.