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Powerless (trailer)

Loha, a 28-year-old katiyabaaz or electricity thief lives in Kanpur, a city of 3 million, which suffers from power cuts that last up to 15 hours. Renowned for his prowess in stealing electricity, he is a robin-hood like figure who steals electricity and charges the rich to provide free connections in impoverished neighborhoods. Ritu, the newly appointed head of the local electricity utility, is working on a mission to eliminate all illegal connections. Her strategy is to reach out to consumers and chalk a new path forward for Kanpur. However, with the Indian summer settling in, the electricity problem takes on crisis proportions, with terrible implications on the citizen’s lives. Movie portrays the contest between bureaucrat Ritu Maheshwari who is trying to fix the electric supply and Loha Singh, who sets up illegal electricity connections as the state supply is so erratic.

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Powerless (Katiyabaaz)
Year: 2013
Runtime: 1h 24min
Genres: Documentary, Drama
Directors: Deepti Kakkar (co-director), Fahad Mustafa (co-director)
Writer: Fahad Mustafa (story)
Stars: Ritu Maheshwari, Loha Singh, Irfan Solanki
More information: IMDb