Jul 14, 2014

Dhyaas Parva

This will be my third time watching the movie "Dhyaas Parva" directed by Amol Palekar and written by Chitra Palekar. It was a learning experience all three times. It makes us realize how few unsung heros lay the foundation of a nation. They don't get the respect they deserve during their life time. But looking back you realize that its not fame for which they work. They work because they have to work. They just cannot sit quiet and be arm chair activists. These are the people who create nations. Rest of us follow the "status quo" and spend each day with the hope that the next one is going to be better. There is nothing wrong in the latter, but there is no glory in it either.

"Dhyaas Parva" is a biopic on Raghunath Karve the father of family planning in India. He was the elder son of Dhondo Keshav Karve, a pioneer who worked for the emancipation of women. Check here to see how Karve senior stands tall on Karve Road, in Pune. I took the photo in 2009. Raghunath played by Kishor Kadam also known as Kavi Saumitra was a professor of mathematics. His wife Malti played by Seema Biswas gets training as a physical education teacher and is the bread earner of the Karve family. Because of Rahunath's non-compromising nature he has to resign from permanent faculty positions. He even earns earning by working as a driver in an African country. But this is about the difficulties they faced. But those are not the moments of light in their life. Moments of light is the work they did towards family planning in India. And I would like it to call their work rather than his work because most of it would not have been possible without backing of Malti. She stood tall and helped Raghu do what he liked to do. Due to his straightforward nature Raghu had few friends but Malti was the best friend he ever had. To me their story is a love story as well. A better love story than what we see in most of the movies. This was a love story whose ending ensured that the entire nation is happy in the end. And not just the two of them.

The perfect communication between the two show how couples need to complement each other. I could relate it to the work done by Dadasaheb Phalke. Without his wife I don't think Dadasaheb could have done what he did. See this post by my friend Vivek who speaks at length about it.

In all an awesome movie. Narration by Nana Patekar (not sure, but I think) has made it better. Must watch for everyone who wants to draw inspiration or has some Monday blues. Go grab a DVD.

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