National Theatre Live: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he's as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a 'first-class person', while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum's first female graduate. But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.

- Synopsis provided by CinemaSource



  • Rufus Norris


  • Pal Aron
  • Hiran Abeysekera
  • Esh Alladi
  • Nathalie Armin
  • Vincent Ebrahim
  • Sartaj Garewal
  • Mariam Haque
  • Thusitha Jayasundera
  • Muzz Khan
  • Ranjit Krishnamma


  • David Hare

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