Split Wide Open

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Split Wide Open
Split wide open.jpg
Promotional poster for Split Wide Open
Directed by Dev Benegal
Produced by Anuradha Parikh
Written by Farrukh Dhondy (screenplay)
Dev Benegal (story)
Upamanyu Chatterjee (story)
Sudhir Mishra (Hindi dialogues)
Shozo Ichiyama (Japanese dialogues)
Starring Rahul Bose
Laila Rouass
Ayesha Dharkar
Shivaji Satham
Music by Nitin Sawhney
Cinematography Sukumar Jatania
Edited by Renu Saluja
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
Running time
107 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi, English

Split Wide Open is a 1999 Indian film and is Dev Benegal's second feature film after English, August. 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[disambiguation needed] 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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