Another powerful film on the rich-poor divide is Prashant Nair’s “Delhi in a Day” in the Film India Worldwide section. It is a dark comedy set in the sprawling South Delhi household of the noveau riche Ghambirs who are entertaining the son of a British business contact.
It is a rapid learning curve for young Jasper (Lee Williams), especially after he realises his money has been stolen. Here again the small talk among the servants is as candid as it is witty. So are the toffish ways of Mukund (Khulbushan Kharbanda) and Kalpana (Lillete Dubey) and even Kalpana’s dad (Victor Banerjee) is ill at ease in this setup.
Director Nair does an excellent job projecting the divide and except for somewhat weak middle it then picks up to end on a strongly satiric note. Debutante Anjali Patil steals the show supported by Lillete Dubey and a scarcely recognisable Victor Banerjee whom I last saw over two decades ago in “A Passage to India.”