The year 2016 will be remembered as the year when Homemade Hip-Hop finally got widespread attention. Recently, Spotlight Film Documentary Awards for 2016  announced it’s annual list of award-winning documentary films and we feel proud to share that ‘Dharavi Hustle’ has won the Spotlight Platinum award.

The Spotlight Documentary Awards is dedicated to promoting experienced and new documentary filmmakers through a unique and international film competition. They have awarded more than 250 documentary short films in the past year.

Brief about the film:

Dharavi Hustle is a short documentary film produced by Bajaao.com and directed by Sachin S. Pillai. The film is about how hip-hop has been embraced by many of the young residents of Dharavi, infamously known as one of the world’s largest slums.

The slum houses a bunch of rappers and crews, Dharavi Hustle gives us a brief peek into the motivations, music and moves of some of the rappers such as Dog Z (whose short verse in Hindi is among the film’s highlights), 7 Bantai’z  and Bombay Mafia.

Also featured in the film are the founding members of the Slumgods, the b-boy crew that was formed in 2009 around the same time when the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire was released.

Dharavi Hustle offers a clue as to why hip-hop is currently the most exciting genre; the Indian music scene, for long criticized for its overall lack of lyrical substance, has finally got a bunch of acts with words of theft.

Unlike the young money rapping that mainstream American Hip-hop promotes, the film showcases the movement dedicated to real issues. If you have not seen it yet you should definitely give it a shot.

Watch the documentary here: