Bidesia In Bambai / Immigrants in Mumbai

Bidesia is Bhojpuri for ‘the one who leaves home’. One in four migrants in Mumbai is Bhojpuri, a people from the north Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Bambai is their name for Mumbai/Bombay. The Bidesia in Bambai, like most migrants in this ‘global city’, inhabit its precarious edges. Mobile phones bridge a tenuous connection between home and the city. Along with his meagre belongings though, the migrant brings with him a vibrant musical culture. This music is frequently sexually charged, at times religious, often lyrical and occasionally political. The Bidesia is both the subject of, and the audience for this music. Bidesia in Bambai is a feature-length film that attempts to make the migrant visible, in a city that renders him illegal and unwanted, in and through the musical sphere that he inhabits. This is a story of music, migration and mobile phones.

Trailer Bidesia Bambai with English subtitles.

2013 – 88 min – documentary
Directed by: Surabhi Sharma
Language: English, Bhojpuri
Subtitles: English
Format: DVD

About the director

Surabhi Sharma graduated in Psychology and Anthropology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. As part of the theater group Arpana, acted in plays directed by Satyadev Dubey and Sunil Shanbag. Studied at the Social Communications Media department of Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai. Went on to do film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.