Breakin' Mumbai

Gani, a 21-year old, has done many things for a living: bag-making, embroidery work and working at a call centre.18-year old Aman studies in school. The two have very little in common, but there is one thing that binds them- Breaking, a dance form that started back in the 70s in the Bronx, New York. This film looks at what it means to be a breaker in Mumbai, how breaking becomes a site of expression of subaltern youth cultures and what it means to win and lose battles. Through the personal lives of Gani, Aman and their friends, the film tries to understand the dynamics of breaking, and explores questions of space and the avenues for leisure in Mumbai.

The filmmakers are alumni of School for Media & Cultural Studies (SMCS), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. The film has been produced by SMCS in 2012.