Filmmaker Miriam Chandy Menacherry's documentary on
rat killers titled The Rat Race is set to release in
theatres on 20 April.
Menacherry, "The theatre release in India is an
emotional moment for it is here in my own country that
I want the film to be seen."
film is a true-life account of the city's rat killers.
Every night as the rest of the city sleeps, young boys
armed with torches and sticks set out to bring back
30 dead rats that are counted every morning. The rats
are then disposed in the Deonar dumping ground where
they are either incinerated or just dumped.
disturbing yet humourous, the entire film was shot
over two years amidst the city's changing seasons
and circumstances of rat killers. However, the filmmaker
could not capture the happenings at the dumping ground
as the unit was refused permission to shoot there.
film has been made in such a way that it allows ex-supervisor
Pest Control Department of Mumbai, BMC Behram Harda
run through the film with a sort of narration.
Harda, who dreamt of becoming a Bollywood dancer when
he was just 16, will see his dream come true with
the release of the film.
film is being released by PVR and Big Cinemas.