As it highlights the squalid state of the slum, the documentary also offers the different perceptions that the society has about slum upgrading. Dharavi is a test case, at a time when several inhabitants of the slum face eviction. In the end, it not only reflects Dharavi, but also represents other slums in the world that endure development issues.
The setting of the documentary is in India’s largest slum, Dharavi. The redevelopment of Dharavi is considerably controversial. The plan to demolish the slum and build high-rise buildings has been long overdue, and is a complex process because it involves relocating the existing slum dwellers at lower housing rates. The proposal faces contests from different quarters, as there is a section of the population opposed to the reconstruction. Dharavi is an informal settlement that is exceptional in its fast development and contemporary dynamic capacities to adapt and produce in lieu to Mumbai’s needs. Considering it is in the heart of the city of Mumbai, it has generated interest from different quarters. The documentary highlights the several players interested in the development and reconstruction process, some for the benefit of the slum dwellers, while some have personal interest.
Through skilled editing and composition, the documentary highlights the challenges that face Mumbai, in its entirety, despite the assumption that it is a progressive global city. Most of its residents dwell in slums and are in dire need of better housing. The director vigilantly illustrates the great detachment involving US-trained developer Mukesh Mehtas Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP) and the conditions that face Dharavi. The documentary simply highlights the situation, without going into much detail about who is right or wrong. Even so, it leans on the critiques that the project faces from business executives in India. Specifically, it highlights the nuanced