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    Interestingly enough, Slums have been the new ravines and the new jungles that the filmmakers have used regularly by the filmmakers to pit the haves against the have-nots. In the films of sixties and the seventies, when the social setting was rural, and the urban landscape was evolving, those who used to revolt against the system found refuge in the jungles. But as the urbanity became the leitmotif of the society in the country, more so in the metropolitan cities, the slums emerged as the melting pot, melting pot where one had to survive based on sheer skills and the element of courage and chutzpah. No wonder, the heroes that emerged were worshiped as lords and acquired cult status.

    Slums indeed had women also as gang leaders and warlords, but it is with SHABRI for the first time that Hindi cinema would see a warlord film where a woman would be the protagonist. The USP of SHABRI also lies in the fact that on the silver screen for the first time a female gangster would appear in a saree and it would be interesting to observe whether it gives a fillip to saree as a sartorial dress among the ladies. After all, if a gangster can operate her business in saree, run around, shoot to kill, then executing an office job in saree should not be a problem, and if it happens Khushwant Singh would be a happy person, as he is one of the biggest fans of saree.

 

 

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