A photographic journey through a street of Nashik town in Maharashtra, where small video houses exhibit movies at cheaper rates compared to mainstream theatres. Ticket prices range from Rs 5 to Rs 15. Tickets for adult movies and Hindi-dubbed versions of Hollywood flicks are sold at Rs 15.

A view of the Video Galli
The entrance of a video house
A video house owner
Most of the viewers are ordinary working class men
A few video houses have digital projectors while most others use DVD/CD players and television sets to screen the movies
Viewers, mostly daily wage labourers and unemployed youth, throng video houses
Inside one of the adult movie houses. This particular one was playing a Malayalam soft porn from early 1980's
The floors of video houses that play adult movies are often strewn with used condoms and semen
There is no fixed place to sit inside video houses. Viewers are free to sit anywhere they please. A man is seen enjoying the movie at the farthest corner of a video house
Hollywood movie'War of the Worlds'being shown at a video house
Predominantly male-dominated spaces, video houses sometimes attract women as well. Even if the house is full, someone will offer chairs to the female viewers
A man watching an Hindi movie in one of the video houses in the Video Galli
Tickets vary from cut pieces of cigarette boxes to printed ones. Rates often range from Rs 10 to Rs 15. Adult movies and Hollywood flicks come at the top of price chart. The cut piece papers come from adult movie houses
A man comes out from one of the video houses in Nashik

 

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