Ballad of Builders (Takhleeq ka Tarana)

1993, English, Hindi, Tamil, 60 min
Gargi Sen, Sujit Ghosh, Ranjan De

From Mohenjodaro to modern India, construction continues to be the common foundation of growth and civilisation. Yet, the construction workers, over 20 million in number, continue to eke out a miserable living where even the basic necessities for dignified living are denied to them.

of_bobIn 1985 a unique process for drafting a comprehensive legislation was begun by organisations of construction workers. Workers from all over India, with help from legal experts, participated in the drafting of a Bill that could ensure social justice to construction workers. But the Bill was never passed.

The film looks at the condition of the construction worker vis-a-vis the construction industry, builders’ organisations and the government, and attempts to present the logic for the Bill and why it was never implemented.

Research and Script: Gargi Sen, Sujit Ghosh, Ranjan De; Camera: Ranjan De, Gautam Bose; Editing: Ranjan De