In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes. In Mirch Masala, a subedar commands Sonbai, a beautiful and confident woman whose husband is away in the city, to sleep with him. She refuses and flees for safety to a spice factory. The aged factory guard, Abu Mian, locks the door behind her, refusing to open it to the soldiers, the cowardly village men led by the mayor, or the subedar himself. The town's teacher and a few women, including the mayor's wife, protest ineffectually against this village-approved rape. In Hindi with English subtitles.
Part of maximum INDIA.
Presented in cooperation with Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi and Embassy of India, Washington, DC.
Indra K. Nooyi
David M. Rubenstein
Stephen A. Schwarzman
Dr. Romesh and Kathleen Wadhwani
The HRH Foundation
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