Dharavi, India, 30 September 1991

Raj Karan Yadav (Om Puri) is a scrappy taxi driver, who somehow scraps a living in the big metropolis of Bombay (now Mumbai), driving a taxi every day. He lives in one room tenement with his wife (Shabana Azmi) in Dharavi, one of the world’s largest slums, where the film is set.

The film follows his fortunes: as he tries to breakout from the clutches of poverty, devising plans and investing all his money in a dubious schemes which eventually blow out on him, coming under the eye of unscrupulous politician and local goons, yet his dreams continue…

  • Genre: Romantic
  • Runtime: 113 min.
  • Director: Sudhir Mishra


Dharavi (City of Dreams) is a critically acclaimed 1991 Hindi film, directed and written by Sudhir Mishra.

The film was a joint NFDC-Doordarshan production and went on to winning many awards in the following year, including the 1992 National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. The film was also invited at the London Film Festival, Mannheim International Film Festival and Festival 3 Continents Nantes in 1992.[1]

The film stars Shabana Azmi and Om Puri in lead roles, and is set amidst the backdrop of India's largest slums, Dharavi.