This year’s Mumbai floods have left homes ruined and water logged. Videos from across the city are trending on Twitter, as people try to help those in need. Two days ago was the highest 24-hour rain that the city has encountered in 46 years.
A video from the flood is being compared to a scene straight of out Parasite. With water making its way into the home, fridge, utensils and with personal items floating away from the house.
While the similarities pointed out by Twitter are startling, the fact remains that this is not a film – this is real life. And these homes were destroyed and water logged, people were stranded across the city, trees were uprooted as the strong winds reached up to 100 kmph.
As someone who experienced the horrifying floods in Chennai in 2015, I can testify for how nothing is the same once you’ve gone through something like this. The movie doesn’t even begin to cover the actual crisis these rains bring on in coastal cities. It takes months for cities to reel back from the chaos, to get the water logged drains clean again, to fight the infections that these floods leave behind and rebuild the properties destroyed.
Looking at people talking about how much they love “Mumbai rains” all I can think about is that scene from Parasite— B (@pseudosabya) June 3, 2020
Last evening in an unfortunate dwelling in Mumbai. Looks like a scene from parasite movie. So sad. pic.twitter.com/jEIdXu3pMK— Namma Weather (@namma_vjy) August 6, 2020
Ever since I watched parasite movie, I stopped enjoying rains in Mumbai . 😑— PrakashJay (@14prakash) June 3, 2020
The fact that the cool dude is drinking his morning tea, adds immense meaning to the video.— Krishna (@KrishnaSpoke) August 6, 2020