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  • Loha Singh ripping open a live wire with his teeth.

    Loha Singh ripping open a live wire with his teeth.

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  • Loha attaching a katiya to a high-tension line
Loha attaching a katiya to a high-tension line.

    Loha attaching a katiya to a high-tension line Loha attaching a katiya to a high-tension line.

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  • A electricity transformer riddled with katiyas.

    A electricity transformer riddled with katiyas.

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  • Kanpur Street.

    Kanpur Street.

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  • Loha Singh

    Loha Singh

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  • Bureaucrat Ritu Maheshwari who has decided to put an end to electricity theft in Kanpur.

    Bureaucrat Ritu Maheshwari who has decided to put an end to electricity theft in Kanpur.

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  • Loha Singh fixes a ladder to reach the power lines.

    Loha Singh fixes a ladder to reach the power lines.

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  • Loha Singh stealing electricity.

    Loha Singh stealing electricity.

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  • Fahad Mustafa, Director

    Fahad Mustafa, Director

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  • Deepti Kakkar, Producer

    Deepti Kakkar, Producer

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The Film

According to World Energy Outlook, there are about 1.5 billion people living without electricity worldwide. Of these, 400 million people live in India.

Kanpur, city of 3 million people and formerly known as "The Manchester of India" for its glorious mills and industries, is slowly crumbling to dust for lack of electricity. A 28-year-old electrician seems an unlikely hope, as he weaves a web of illegal connections across the city to provide electricity. Meanwhile, the newly appointed head of the electricity company promises to restore Kanpur’s glory days by weeding out electricity theft and putting people like the DIY electrician out of business. Both characters on opposite sides of this tussle over electricity grapple with a long Indian summer which tests their resolves. While corruption and lack of investment in infrastructure handicap efforts to bring order, poverty and inequality make it necessary for residents to steal electricity.

The Filmmakers

  1. Fahad MustafaDirector/Producer
  2. Deepti Kakkar Producer/Co-Director
  3. Maria TriebAssociate Producer
  4. Leopold KoeglerAssociate Producer