Reelin @ Jagriti – Our Metropolis

Reelin @ Jagriti – Our Metropolis

Ticket Price: ₹ 150
Director:Gautam Sonti
Location:Jagriti Theatre, Whitefield, Bangalore, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Bangalore, Karnataka 560066, India
Event Date & Time
Mon-30-Nov |

Our Metropolis

A film by Gautam Sonti and Usha Rao

India, 2014, 87 min (25 fps, ProRes) or 90 min (24 fps, DCP) (includes a trailer)

Log Line

The promise of a global city is being used to bulldoze Bangalore, India’s I.T. capital, at the expense of the people who live in it.  To whose advantage?
Short Synopsis

Bangalore is being refashioned as a ‘world-class’ metropolis. Livelihoods and homes make way for flyovers, glitzy malls and a shiny Metro. Threatened with violent transformation of their city, residents confront the authorities.  Beneath the State’s ideal of a ‘global city’ lurks the intent to clear a pasture for big business.
Director’s Statement

The global city erases everything in its path.  As we move from metro to mall, there is nothing to remind us of those who lived and worked where we now stand.  This film is our attempt to let these stories live on.


Honors and Festivals

Selected for DocWok (Magic Lantern Movies and DOK Leipzig), 2012-13

Supported by Asian Network of Documentary (Busan, South Korea), 2013

Premiered at Busan International Film Festival, Oct 2014

Screened at Dubai International Film Festival, Dec 2014

Screened at Tromso International Film Festival, Jan 2015

Screenings in India

Bangalore: Doc@Everest, Everest Theatre,18 Dec 2014

Mumbai: FD Zone, Films Division Auditorium, 11 April 2015

Delhi: FD Zone, India Habitat Centre, 27 April 2015


Directors’ Profiles


Gautam Sonti’s earlier series of short films, Coding Culture, is a critical examination of the experience of globalisation within the microcosm of a hi-tech workplace in Bangalore. Our Metropolis, his first feature-length documentary film, extends this theme to the entire city.


Usha Rao is a cultural anthropologist with an interest in the anthropology of cities. She has been studying the transformation of Bangalore over the past decade. In particular, she is interested in understanding the effects of of the ‘global city’ discourse on the lives of people and the cityscape.


Main Credits


Direction / Camera

Gautam Sonti


Direction / Location Sound

Usha Rao


Editing, Visual Effects, Sound Design

Abhro Banerjee


Original Music

Anant Menon

Snehal Pinto



Arjuna Shankar


Additional Sound

Sudesh Kumar





Vinit Videos

Sound Track recorded at Jigtunes Studio

Produced by

Gautam Sonti

Usha Rao


Jagriti is a Performance Arts space dedicated to Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy. Founded in 2011 by Arundhati and Jagdish Raja, the space has hosted several productions from India and around the world. A 200-seat theatre, built around a full-thrust stage, it is fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The main stage is designed for intimate performances, with adjoining spaces for informal lectures and gatherings, and an attached restaurant- 'The Fat Chef'. Jagriti is owned and operated by the not-for-profit ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.

The Rooftop - above the main auditorium is an open-to-sky space with a staging area that can accommodate about 50 people. A raised and walled off platform can work as a perfect area for puppet theatre. The Rooftop has a restroom and a pantry. 

The Terrace - alongside the auditorium, the Terrace can accommodate about 20 people as an informal gathering area.

Lumbini - extending out from the foyer, Lumbini has a stage and an open-to-sky terraced space for about 80 people.