“Paani Chala Gaya”: Why India Will Never Have its The Shape of Water

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“Paani Chala Gaya”: Why India Will Never Have its The Shape of Water

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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s I watched the brilliant Guillermo Del Toro’s masterful The Shape of Water recently, I found myself drowning in the surreal romance of the story. A mute woman rescues an exotic water creature from the hands of evil scientists and eventually falls in love with him – a fairytale as beautiful as it is imaginative. After all, how many times have we imagined making love to our beloved in a bathroom filled with water, submerging everything in the process?

But as I returned home, still crushing on the pure, honey-to-the-eyes movie, it occured to me that this story could never be based in India. I mean, the ancient water god wouldn’t have it. We simply don’t know how to treat his favourite element right.

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