The Running Hawker

The Running Hawker

The film, shot over a period of three years, follows the lives of running hawkers on the trains of South Bengal in India. These hawkers belong to that overwhelming majority of India's working population (over 90%) who are frequently described as 'informal'. This informality is constituted by a state of suspension in the zone between legality and illegality. These hawkers, like most of their 'informal' compatriots, operate without available licenses and permits. It is in fact also illegal to carry out commercial activities of their sort. Functioning within this situation of relative precariousness, they continue to accomplish a translation of capitalism into its vernacular everyday forms via introducing a world of small, kitschy but also oddly useful objects to the daily commuter. But this commodity trade is also propped up on a world of stories and performances. The hawkers thus fill up already crowded daily trains further, with histrionics and narratives around objects that span over a bizarre range, from self-help books to fish oil. Through the lives of four hawkers and also through a number of other characters who move in and out of the narrative, the film attempts a presentation of the question of the hawkers' livelihood at a time when the world of commodity trade is increasingly moving to bigger sites of supermarkets and malls in India.

Running Time
1 hours 35 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Drama, Documentary
Abhijnan Sarkar
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about drama «The Running Hawker» (23)

Amy avatar

I thought something before watch movie, later face is glowing and inside so much what a crazy story man!

Kimberly G. avatar
Kimberly G.

OMG!!! the adrenaline is still pumping through me! Abhijnan Sarkar I salute you!

Jonathan avatar

You know... sometimes when you watch a film... in the first few minutes, it is clear that the film is going to be special.

Samuel avatar

It was perfect. Plain and simple.

Daniel H. avatar
Daniel H.

I love this. It works exactly how I would have expected it to.

Samuel M. avatar
Samuel M.


Jordan Weaver avatar
Jordan Weaver

Brilliant! This movie is proof that you don't need all the special effects in the world to make an amazing Drama movie.

Anna avatar

I have watched this movie 3 times, and each time have liked it more than I did the first time, and even then I still enjoyed it a lot!

Debra Shaw avatar
Debra Shaw

Don't hesitate. You'll like it.

Philip B. avatar
Philip B.

This movie was absolutely stunning, and I loved every minute of it

Julie P. avatar
Julie P.

There is no denying that this is a very good movie. The acting is great and it tells a good story.

Howard Ortiz avatar
Howard Ortiz

This one movie that I would buy to keep in my collection. Enjoy.. It's a great movie