Masala Chai

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Whether in Delhi, Pune, Mumbai or Kolkata, street vendors from very different backgrounds sell the country's most popular drink, masala chai. Although they make their living in the same way, their daily lives are very different. The documentary gives a deep insight into the lives of five tea cooks and at the same time takes a look at the social circumstances, contrasts and traditions of India. For all of them have a story to tell, and as they tell their stories, we learn about India's multifaceted, nuanced and multilayered society. "Hülser is able to not only show these petty self-employed folks in the midst of their poverty and squalor but is also able to successfully portray their aspirations and through them the aspirations of the millions of Indians such as them. " (generallyaboutbooks.com)