Film stars and demi-gods

Surya, one of the big superstar if Tamil cinema, popular among the younger generation has launched his new movie which has been received with adulation by his horde of fans.  As part of the ritual, a huge larger-than-life poster has been erected, garlanded and anointed with water and milk.  A ritual that is normally reserved for temple idols.

Entrance to the local theatre

Queueing up for tickets under the watchful eye of the police in case violence erupts.


Recycling ships

Alang, Gujarath, located in the Gulf of Khambhat, is a ships breaking place. Workers, all men, carry a wire to draw by winch a huge scrap’s piece on the beach. Ships aground, vessels stranded at low tide on the shore. Alang is considered as the biggest scrapyard in the world. Ships are recycled for its metals. (Photo: Didier Ruef)
Shipbreakers at work. Since March this ship has been cut up and dismantled for recycling. The metal rope is attached to large sections that have been cut from the main hull then dragged closer to the shore. Workers wear little protection. They are exposed to toxic waste and oil residue as they break up the sheet metal into pieces.(Photo Sean Smith)
A satellite image of Alang shows a small stretch of the beach with dozens of large ships waiting to be dismantled. (Photo: Google Maps)