Split Wide Open (1999)
|Content Rating||Unrated (Unrated)|
|Awards||2 wins & 3 nominations.|
|Company||Adlabs Films, BMG-Crescendo, Tropicfilm|
Split Wide Open
Split Wide Open is a 1999 Indian film directed by Dev Benegal. It is his second feature film after English, August (1994). The film primarily deals with the Water conflicts in the slums of Bombay, and paedophilia, and also looks at the subversive sexuality in modern India and how the notions of morality are challenged when sex and poverty collide. The film came under harsh criticism when released in India and has been one of the most controversial Indian films.
Cast and characters
- Rahul Bose as KP (Kut-Price)
- Laila Rouass as Nandita
- Abhimanyu Sharma as Shiv
- Farida Haider Mulla as Didi
- Kiran Nagarkar as Brother Bono
- Rajika Puri as Auntie
- Ayesha Dharkar as Leela
- Virendra Saxena as Altaf
- Aadya Bedi
Awards and recognition
- The official selection at the 1999 Venice Film Festival.
- Awarded a Special Jury Award to the film and the Best Actor award (Rahul Bose) at the 2000 Singapore International Film Festival.
- Won the Grand Prix at the 2000 Belgium International Film Festival.
- Nominated for the Grand Prix at the 2000 Bratislava International Film Festival.
The original soundtrack of the film consists of 5 instrumental tracks composed by Nitin Sawhney.
- "Welcome to Bombay" – 5:15
- "Yo KP!" (Trailer Theme) – 2:16
- "For Didi" – 1:39
- "Television Sting" – 1:15
- "A Golden Tap" (End Titles) – 4:19
The soundtrack also features:
- "You Are The Reason" by Australian soft rock band Air Supply & Indian singer Mehnaz Hoosein
- "Dooba Dooba" by Indian band Silk Route
The film also credits Massive Attack, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Pink Floyd, Krome Assassins, Touch and Go, Purvi Parikh, the Dagar Brothers and Kishori Amonkar for their music used in the production of the film.
Poster Art & Design and Title Images by Artist Jaideep Mehrotra
- Film Overview
- Split Wide Open at IMDb
- Split Wide Open at AllMovie
- NY Times Review
- Review at Variety.com