Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Dhyasparva - Movie Review

Amol Palekar's 2001 movie focuses on Raghunath Dhondo Karve (1882-1953) a reformer and the son of Bharat Ratna Maharishi Karve. A professor in Mathematics Raghunath spent his lifetime trying to promote birth control and started the first birth control clinic in India. Raghunath faced much resistance from the orthodox society but fought on for his entire lifetime without recognition.

He married a widow and faced resistance from his community. He chose the area of family planning and birth control to give some semblance of respect and control back to women in an area that they were so helpless. He and his wife chose to remain childless.

A nice biopic about a forgotten hero who doggedly fought the orthodox system every inch of the way.

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