Original title: Documentary: I am Gurgaon. The new Urban India (VPRO Backlight)
The shining facades of Gurgaon, a satellite city of New Delhi, are symbols of India’s unparalleled economic growth. Gurgaon was built at the turn of this century by the largest project developers in the world. A village 15 years ago, has now grown into a city of 1.4 million inhabitants, but with little or no infrastructure. How viable is this new type of city?
Residents of the gated communities of this privatized society offer insights in their hope, desires, and in the new self-confidence of the Indian middle class. Gradually it becomes clear what the consequences of the credit crisis and the growing gap between rich and poor are for the city and the psyche of its inhabitants.
Gurgaon: a Ponzi Scheme or the prototype for future megacities as they will be found all over India within a few decennials?
Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2009.
© VPRO Backlight September 2009
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Director: Marije Meerman
Research: William de Bruijn, Raghu Verma
Producer: Janneke van de Kerkhof
Commissioning Editors: Jos de Putter/Doke Romeijn, George Brugmans
English, French and Spanish subtitles: Ericsson.
French and Spanish subtitles are co-funded by European Union.