However, what is evident is that Mehta’s vision is misguided as it fails to take into account the real situation of the slum dwellers. His lifestyle is clearly far above the plight of the average person as he arrives in the slum in a Mercedes flanked by his employees.
The film equally focusses on the lifestyle of the slum dwellers through the characters of the tailor, the potter, the young girl, and the social activist living among the slum dwellers. These characters serve to portray the attitude of the slum dwellers over the news of the redevelopment project. For example, the tailor, who has two school-going children, is clearly struggling to meet the demands for his family. However, their life in one way or the other progresses forth. The potter on the other hand is out rightly sceptical over the whole project. The social activist seems to be well informed of the plight of the slum dwellers and thinks the Dharavi Redevelopment project will displace many families. He thus calls for the re-developer to first understand that needs of Dharavi people before rolling out such an ambitious project. Finally is the young girl who remains hopeful of some better life in the future.
Konermann main idea of the film is to criticize the idea of redeveloping a fully functioning “metropolis” like Dharavi. While the life in the place is harsh and unimaginable from the point of view of rich people like Mehta, the real people living in the slum in one way or the other find a way to survive. The term “re-development” also does not sound very well with the director of the film. Re-development can only occur when development is wrong direction. However, since Dharavi is a functional system in its very nature, there is no need to re-develop it. Instead, the government of India should focus on developing Dharavi further. The film also indicates that without the Dharavi slum dwellers