Docufiction | 18 min | English | India | 2005
Catholic girls in dresses are often called Sandra from Bandra in Bombay. Some say it with affection. Some say it with contempt. But who’s Sandra? If you saw her would you know her? Is she naughty or is she nice? And where is she anyway?
This film takes a playful look at the figure of “Sandra from Bandra” – part covetous fantasy of the racy Christian girl from Bombay who works as a secretary, wears a dress and likes to dance; part condescending stereotype of a dowdy, religious girl from a minority community. The film searches for this Sandra in Bollywood films, in the words of writers and poets, on the gravestones in Bandra’s churchyard.
We encounter various claimants to the title – some who aren’t from Bandra and some who aren’t even called Sandra. Finally we find 5 women who really are Sandra from Bandra, each as different from the other as can be even if they are all a little bit the same in a film that shows us why Christian women are an important part of Bombay’s history.