By the turn of the Century, New Delhi's aspirations have gone global. Amid increasing superhighways, hyper malls, metro rails and the suburban syndrome, the emerging metropolis has no space for the embarrassment of the poor and their slums, or the ugly shadow they cast over Delhi's glistening self-image.
Consequently, a woman sees her home of nine years suddenly razed to the ground. Her letter begging for help blinks on the computer screen. Artificially coloured images overlap to the accompaniment of an a cappella chorus.
A short work that takes a tongue-in-cheek look at recent urban development policy, the film welcomes you to the capital city of India. NEW (IMPROVED) DELHI.

Duration 6 mins
Format DV
Language English

New (Improved) Delhi - Director's Cut


Direction Vani Subramanian
Camera Desmond Roberts, Surajit Sarkar
Painting Mimansa Sahay
Script, Editing, Production Vani Subramanian


Persistence Resistance, New Delhi, 2009
MeanStreets, Cornell University, Ithaca,
USA, 2009
2nd InKo Womens' Film Festival, Chennai, 2009
Ms Films, Durham, USA, 2006
Cinema Nova, Brussels, Belgium, 2005
Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2004
CinemaTexas, Houston, USA, 2004
Frameworks, Cinema Chicago, USA, 2004
Edinburgh Fringe Film Festival, UK, 2004
Vikalp: Films for Freedom, Freedom for Film,
Mumbai, 2004
In-Docs, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2004
New Asian Currents, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan, 2003
North South Media Encounters, Geneva,
Switzerland, 2003
Seoul Independent Documentary Film Festival,
Korea, 2003