In Their Shoes Review: Can’t Hang Those Boots

In Their Shoes Review: Can’t Hang Those Boots


Director  : Atul Sabharwal

Agra is celebrated for truly a couple of things. The Taj Mahal. The ridiculous sugary-sweet petha, and the colossally over-appraised daal-moth. Furthermore shoes. Atul Sabharwal, who has done TV and film fiction (Powder and Aurangzeb, separately) expands his portfolio with an enlightening narrative on the shoe-production custom of Agra, with In Their Shoes.

It is an individual adventure for the producer. His dad, a veteran of the exchange, drives his child around the slender galis lodging the many kaarigars who utilize their hands to design the stuff we wear on our feet. Then again, might we say, used to, in light of the fact that those numbers are lessening. Since the shoe business in Agra is not what it used to be: from one viewpoint are the enormous cash exporters, and on the other, passed on government arrangements, with contracting space left for the individual expert (no ladies, or if nothing else they were not unmistakable in the film), who gloried in making hand-made flawlessness and making clients feel great.

You can’t discuss the shoe business in Agra, which at one point was the one-stop destination for all shoe retailers around the nation (this is the place they brought up for the most recent and the best maal), without backtracking in time. Numerous individuals included in the shoe business originated from what is presently Pakistan, and settled in Agra, hung out their shingles in Hing Ki Mandi and connecting bazaars, and thrived.

I have an individual interface with the town, as well. Close family ties keeps it in my brain regardless of the possibility that I don’t visit as regularly as I need to. Anyway the memory of bringing a rickshaw down the thin galis of Kinari Bazaar with its columns and lines of vivid chappal and joota shops is still solid. Aunties and cousins would deal savagely and gladly and come back with a few sets.

Sabharwal’s film runs in the background with sympathy and a feeling of history: as it were, calfskin and shoes made a pathway into the town, and additionally an example for its future. Amid the most recent few decades, stricter contamination laws brought about tanneries to close or move as the effluents that streamed into the Jamuna had gone up alarmingly. The legislature has made a space for the business a bit off town now, yet everybody — from the enormous gentlemen to the littlest dealer — is needing to battle with Chinese substitutes and value climb.

A scene from the excellent Garam Hawa, blended in the film, shows Balraj Sahni doing what scores of individual shoe-producers used to do, once upon a time: convey bushel flooding with jootas to the suppliers who would then offer them further to retailers. Liberalization came as both aid and bane: trading units started equipping towards the West, and the household exchange went into a decline.


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