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Movie “Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar

……. The untold truth”

 

Brief Background

Dr Jabbar Patel, the National Award Winning Film Maker from Maharashtra State, India, had approached National Film Development Corporation (NFDC)  in April, 1990 with a proposal to produce a feature film on Dr. Babasheb Ambedkar. The project could not be undertaken by NFDC since it involved a major financial outlay. However, in 1991, Dr Patel had discussions with the Government of Maharashtra (GoM) who expressed its willingness to fund the film. NFDC agreed to take-up the production of the film. While the matter was still being processed by the NFDC, a separate proposal came from the Ministry of Welfare, Government of India(GoI) to the Ministry of I & B stating  that under the aegis of the Central Centenary Celebration Committee, the Ministry of Welfare, GoI  had earmarked funds for the production of a feature film on Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. After discussions at meeting held under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary (I & B), the feasibility of having only one feature film to be made on a big scale on the line of the film “Gandhi” was discussed. In April, 1991, a joint meeting took place between the then Prime Minister, the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the Additional Secretary (Welfare), Joint Secretary (Films) and Dr. Jabbar Patel. The proposal to make the film jointly between GoM and GoI was discussed. Finally, during the year 1993, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India (GoI), jointly with GoM had decided to produce a movie jointly depicting the life and achievement.  Accordingly,  the film  with title “Dr Babasheb Ambedkar” was jointly produced with the financial assistance from GoM and GoI under the aegis of the Central Centenary Celebration Committee incorporated by Government of India for celebrating centenary of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar.    The film has been presented under the banner of NFDC, a Corporation promoted by the Government of India, with the main objective of production and promotion of the quality films in India. The total expenditure incurred on production of the film is about Rs. 10 Crore, which is entirely financed by GoI and GoM jointly.  The primary aim of the promotion and release is to ensure widespread dissemination of the life and work, teaching and philosophies of Dr. Ambedkar amongst the people of the world.  The Film has been directed by the National Award winning filmmaker from Maharashtra, Jabbar Patel. The film is based on the true-life story of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Research & Script

The research to finalize the script involved the huge data scan and in-depth study of the literature available on Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and his writings. A research team consists of the script writer viz. Ms. Sooni Taraporevala, Shri Arun Sadhu and  Padmashree Late Daya Pawar, Jabbar Patel and Dr. Y D Phadke  was constituted. They met scores of Ambedkar Scholars, Ambedkarites, visited places of historical importance, went through all the written work on and by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, the entire audio and video material available etc.  Finalizing script was a Herculean task.  The members of the script committee were as follows:-  

No

Name of the Member

Present Position

Status

1

Mr. Mata Prasad,

Hon’ble Governor, Arunchal Pradesh

Chairman

2

Mrs Savita Ambedkar

Wife of  Late Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar

Member

3

Mr. Prakash Ambedkar

Grand Son of Late Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar

Member

4

Mr. Dadasaheb Rupwate

Follower of Dr. Ambedkar and Dalit Leader

Member

5

Mr. Rajnath Sonkar Shastri

-

Member

6

Mr. Baba Adhav

Dalit Writer 

Member

7

Mr. R S Gawai

Dalit Leader

Member

8

Mr. Y D Phadke

Critic and Ambedkar Scholar

Member

9

Mr. Sham Benegal

Film Producer and Director

Member

10

Dr. Jabbar Patel

Well Known National Award Winning Film Director

Member

11

Mr. Ravi Gupta

-

Secretary

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