The Black Garment (2002)

Run Time - 112 min.  |  
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With huge dreams and very few personal belongings, naive prostitute Sultana (Sadiya Siddiqui) and her equally guileless pimp Khudabaksh (Jeetu Shastri) abandon their humdrum small town in favor of the hustle and bustle of Bombay. Upon their arrival, however, both find the city to be much more than they ever bargained for as they struggle to adapt to the high pace and enormous population. Furthermore, Sultana's business is quickly deteriorating as Khudabaksh also struggles to earn additional income. Slowly, Sultana begins to meet friends in the neighborhood -- but her attention begins to turn toward finding a black salwaar in order for her to properly observe the solemn Muslim holiday of Muharram. Without any reliable income, her chances of obtaining the ritually necessary garment are growing quite remote. Six years in the making, The Black Garment represents veteran Indian short film director Fareeda Mehta's feature-length directorial debut.