Split Wide Open

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Split Wide Open
Split wide open.jpg
Promotional poster for Split Wide Open
Directed byDev Benegal
Produced byAnuradha Parikh
Written byFarrukh Dhondy (screenplay)
Dev Benegal (story)
Upamanyu Chatterjee (story)
Sudhir Mishra (Hindi dialogues)
Shozo Ichiyama (Japanese dialogues)
StarringRahul Bose
Laila Rouass
Ayesha Dharkar
Shivaji Satham
Music byNitin Sawhney
CinematographySukumar Jatania
Edited byRenu Saluja
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
Running time
107 minutes
LanguageHindi, English

Split Wide Open is a 1999 Indian film directed by Dev Benegal. It is his second feature film after English, August (1994). The film primarily deals with the Water conflicts in the slums of Bombay, and paedophilia, and also looks at the subversive sexuality in modern India and how the notions of morality are challenged when sex and poverty collide. The film came under harsh criticism when released in India and has been one of the most controversial Indian films.

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The original soundtrack of the film consists of 5 instrumental tracks composed by Nitin Sawhney.[1]

  • "Welcome to Bombay" – 5:15
  • "Yo KP!" (Trailer Theme) – 2:16
  • "For Didi" – 1:39
  • "Television Sting" – 1:15
  • "A Golden Tap" (End Titles) – 4:19

The soundtrack also features:

The film also credits Massive Attack, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Pink Floyd, Purvi Parikh, the Dagar Brothers and Kishori Amonkar for their music used in the production of the film.


  1. ^ http://www.tropicfilm.com/ Split Wide Open audio-video goodies page

Poster Art & Design and Title Images by Artist Jaideep Mehrotra

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