In India, a lot of people are particular of the fabric of the clothes they wear. Especially for occasions, Indians prefer dresses made of silk or other expensive materials. When you enter any clothing shop, you’ll see wonderful saris, churidars, and salwars across various price ranges. The costlier ones could cost as much as a hatchback car. So while spending a fortune on the outfits, little do people know what goes into making them. Rahul Jain, in his directorial debut, brings to life some hard-hitting facts about the state of factory workers in India.
Machines is a documentary which is set in a factory in Gujarat. For 1 hour 15 minutes, we get to see the hardships the workers go through just to earn enough for their two meals. They put their lives at risk, working with machines that could kill them, for more than 12 hours a day. Now, why don’t they protest against this ill-treatment? Cause once the owners find out who the union leader is, they get him killed. Even if a majority of workers are willing to go on strike, they don’t with the fear of losing their lives.
We also get to see the other side of the story, in which the factory owner talks about his ever-growing expenses. Over a period of 10 years, his expenditure has doubled and even the attitude of the workers has changed. They no longer work with dedication as their pay has improved. He claims that most of the workers don’t even send money home instead they spend it on alcohol and tobacco. At the end of the film, you don't know whom to believe but can’t help but feel for the poor workers.
Machines may not have a theatrical release but should be available online soon. Don't forget to read our reviews of the films that were shown at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2017.