Duration: 01:00:36; Aspect Ratio: 1.778:1; Hue: 53.220; Saturation: 0.014; Lightness: 0.377; Cuts per Minute: 0.396
Summary: NVR footage from CCTV Landscape from Lower Parel.
The word kamra and camera have the same root. A camera is just a room with a hole in it. Small people inside this room can see an image of the great outdoors, without themselves being seen. This experience, of watching without being watched, is at the very heart of cinema.
These days, it is more difficult to achieve, since there are reportedly more cameras than people in the world. Yet, we can stage such an experience, from inside a dark cinema hall in the heart of the city.
In around 1880, a series of hot-air balloon ascents took place in Parel. For the first time, Bombay could be seen from above, by a creature that was not a bird. Through the long 20th century, the chimneys of the Bombay mills tried to expel the fumes of wood and coal, labour and land-based struggles, into the faraway atmosphere. Today, we find ourselves floating above the chimneys in the overloaded vertical matrix that is Parel, surrounded by remnants and restaurants, swimming pools and waterlogged streets, memories and birds, songs and construction sites, dreams and fears.
Maybe the true destiny of CCTV is to make us secretly intimate with each other and our surroundings.
Piramal Spinning and Weaving Mill
The seven acre mill plot of Piramal Spinning and Weaving Mill was bought over by Marathon Developers from Mohal Lal Piramal in the year 2000 and developed into mixed use buildings containing Marathon Era-the residential tower, Marathon ERA and Marathon Innova as the commercial wing and IT park. As part of the Mill land re-development a part of the mill plot has been used for housing the mill workers. A single tower has been constructed containing 236 tenements of the size 225 sq.ft. Out of the total of the 7 acre plot, 1424 sq mts of land has been used for mill workers housing. The lottery for the same was done in the year 2012 and workers shifted there in 2014. The Mill was spread over 28,000 sq.mts out of which only 1424 sq.mts was left for the housing of 160 mill worker and 80 project affected families. This is how the one-third one-third formulae worked out which was introduced in 1991 and amended in the year 2001. Initially mill land was to be divided in three equal proportions but a later bureaucratic amendment reduced it to one-third of only the vacant plot and not the three equal divisions of the mill land.