At My Doorstep (2009) 70 min


A closer look at those who come to the filmmaker’s door becomes a way of entering a parallel world of garbage collectors, domestic workers, delivery boys, watchmen—all those who labour long hours in difficult conditions to make middle and upper class lives in the city of Bombay more comfortable. These providers of services and goods often remain faceless and nameless. They are, like the people who enjoy their services, mainly migrants, but their presence here is more sharply defined by the lack of survival options back home. Nothing else explains why they should bear with such harsh living and unfair working conditions. The film will look at the crisscrossing of various lives in the filmmaker’s housing colony, gleaning from this microcosm a sense of how millions work, interact and struggle for a firmer foothold in an indifferent, often hostile megacity.

Direction & Editing: Nishtha Jain
Research & Script: Nishtha Jain, Smriti Nevatia
Cinematography: Rakesh Haridas 
Sound: Indrajit Neogi 
Sound Designer: Niraj Gera
Producer: Nishtha Jain, Raintree Films

Original Language: Hindi
Duration: 70 min

Alter Cine Foundation Award, Montreal, 2005

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“Set against the background of Mumbai’s Film City, and the dreams that Bollywood weaves for so many who come to the city seeking work, Jain opens our eyes to the world that these men inhabit. Through the words of Dayanand, a poet and writer originally from Bokaro in Jharkhand, who works as a security guard, Jain portrays the philosophical mindset that helps these men to survive.“
- Kalpana Sharma, The Hindu magazine

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"There were many moments in At My Doorstep that left my throat feeling dry, that shattered many of my illusions. Why is it that sometimes, despite our usual recreational screaming about equality and freedom and notions of justice why do we choose to ignore their troubles because it gets in the way of our routine?"
- Yamini Vijayan, Deccan Herald

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•Premiere at Isola Cinema, Slovenia 2009
•DokMa International Film festival, Croatia 2009
•HRFF, Montreal, 2010