I saw a really inspiring Marathi film two weeks ago, “Dr Prakash Baba Amte – the Real Hero.” It was a most refreshing experience to see the difference a few people can make to those living in abject poverty, exploitation and repression. India is a great country in many ways, but also a country in which the disparities between the rich and the poor are ever increasing.
The film is a biopic about Dr. Prakash Amte, his wife and a small team of selfless doctors and social workers who, led by Dr. Prakash Amte, devote their lives to the development and upliftment of a group of tribal people in the forests of western Maharashtra.
There is no Bollywood slick song and dance cinematography here, but the film is brilliant in conveying a truly humanitarian message. This film is a must-see for all who care, and this is made easier by even providing English sub-titles in the cinema version. I will certainly bring a few copies to Australia with me. This film provides a truly heart-warming experience and restores one’s faith in humanity. This is important everywhere, but especially in India where it is hard to find a charitable organization and group of people, who in a truly Gandhian spirit, are genuinely committed to the poorest of the poor. Here at least we find one.
(Photo above: The real Amte’s on the left, and the actors on the right)
India is a wonderful country but has many socio-political challenges. This film is a reminder that the real danger to social stability here is not the Naxalites or Maoists but abject poverty and its neglect by a growing middle class pre-occupied with flaunting both its wealth and its disregard for the poor.
I highly recommend both the film and support for this great humanitarian project. For more information go to: http://www.anandwan.in/anandwan-project-sites/project-hemalkasa.html