Whirr2006-04-10
Random, random, random.
This morning, while re-reading The Master and Margarita I had a fantastic idea for a movie. Let me know what you think:

The plot would involve the only son of a textiles company with a big factory in India. The workers are threatening to join a union, and go on strike, so the factory owner sends his son to get a feel for conditions at the factories. While he's there, he'll try to convince the workers not to join the union. Upon arriving, the son undergoes a series of misfortunes that involve losing his luggage, his passport, and ultimately almost all of his money. Although his dad's lawyer will be arriving in a month or so, he doesn't have any way to prove his identity or contact his father until then. He will have to survive in Calcutta with only a few American dollars.

For a while he stays with some of the factory workers in his father's company, but eventually they kick him out. Things go from bad to worse, until finally--after starving for days--he prostitutes himself to a rich English tourist. The very next day his father's lawyer finally arrives and he moves into the nicest hotel in the region. To the everyone's surprise, three days later he seeks out the factory workers that he was staying with, and tells them that he'll make sure everything gets better for them, even though they treated him so poorly.

In the end, he convinces his father that for any of the workers who are loyal to the company and don't join the union, they will get a really fantastic retirement package. His father also agrees not to fire the unionists, although they won't get anything when they retire. He wasn't able to improve their working conditions in the slightest or raise their wages, but the people he met during his short trip become his life-long friends. They defend him to the other workers, and often write him long letters about the horrible conditions on the factory floor. The write the letters in Bengali, though, a language that their friend is unable to read.
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