A day in the life of Selina Uttankar. Malad to Elphinstone Fish Market
Director: Shaina Anand; Cinematographer: Shaina Anand
Duration: 00:19:08; Aspect Ratio: 1.778:1; Hue: 25.280; Saturation: 0.249; Lightness: 0.212; Volume: 0.144; Cuts per Minute: 22.526; Words per Minute: 16.672
Summary: Footage from the day spent with Selina Uttankar, a native of Manori Village, Mumbai documenting her movement patterns in the city. She leaves with her sister and colleague Hareshwar, to sell fish at the Elphinstone Fish Market, Mumbai. Rickshaw to Malad and then train (in the maalgaadi, goods compartment) to Elphinstone Road.
Hareshwar, Shilu and Lilu (the two fisherwomen) unload the auto rickshaw, load baskets onto each other's heads and enter the station. Hindi film music plays in the background.
- If you leave me, tell me how will I survive... (Hindi song)
Malad to Elphinstone road, Mumbai
They cross the railway tracks and climb onto the platform.
Shilu, Lilu and Hareshwar wait at the station. They talk as a train arrives and leaves.
Shot of the platform, people standing, and a train passes on the opposite track.
The three continue to talk, a train passes and then finally their train starts to approach.
- What time is the train?
- We aren't going to take this train.
- This is a fast train
-So to go directly to Elphinstone you need a slow train?
- And you don't get off at Dadar? You go directly to Elphinstone?
- Yes. The slow train stops at Elphinstone.
- So you won't take this train?
- I am tired.
- You should have come early.
- Yes, we got late.
- So the three of you always go together?
- To sell fish.
- Yes, but how did you form this group? Are you related?
- No no. This is from before. First our mother used to go with him. Now that she doesn't go, we go.
- It's been 25 years.
- Now I've forgotten who is Lilu and who is Shilu.
- That's Lilu and I am Shilu.
- And my wife's name is Kalpana.
- And she doesn't come with you everyday?
- How often do you go to Elphinstone market?
- Sunday, Wednesday and Friday
- And where is this market?
- It's ten minutes walking from the station in the West.
- Why do go so far?
- The market in Malad is smaller than Elphinstone.
- It's better for us to sell our fish in.
- What about the market in Versova?
- We go there to shop.
- There comes your train.
The train approaches and the the fisherman and two fisherwomen prepare to get on. The train stops and a coolie helps them load their baskets of fish into the luggage compartment.
- Come quick or the train will leave. (Hindi)
Travel shot, train leaving Malad station pan to fisherman and two fisherwomen seated inside the Maalgaadi
. Closeup of baskets.
The train comes to a stop and a woman unloads bags onto the platform.
- Elphinstone Road station comes on the right hand side.
- And how long does it take to get there?
- About half an hour?
- That's all? Only half an hour from Malad to Elphinstone?
- How long do you stay at the market?
- Till about 10-10:30. If the fish sells quickly we leave early. If not, then we stay.
- So what time do you get home?
- About 11-11:30.
- That early? Sanjay said you come home around 5-5:30.
- No no. At 5 we are home already.
Travel shot of buildings, slums and construction along railway track.
Closeup of fisherman smiling, pan to two fisherwomen.
Fisher woman gets up and arranges fish baskets.
Hareshwar, Shilu and Lilu sit in a row and talk in Marathi.
Train passing at high speed on the adjacent track.
Travel shot through compartment door. Passing train and platform. Train slows down and people enter through door.
People seated in a row, some sleeping.
Man standing in compartment door listening to headphones as a train passes outside.
Travel shot, in the distance, a train passes over a bridge. Another train going at a high speed passes by in the foreground followed by a station.
Baskets of fish on the floor of the luggage compartment. Closeup of the arms and hands of a fisher woman wearing bangles.
luggage compartment. <closeup
A man places a basket on his head and exits the compartment as others come on board.
Closeup of a man's watch.