Making biopic on a living social activist is not an easy job. You have to be very sincere with the character. You can’t twist anything in the tale because the person concerned is there to watch it. You have to go through difficult tasks like selecting what to carry and what to drop while showing a 60-plus life span in just two hours. And since you don’t have creative liberty, there is always a risk that the biopic might turn out to be a preachy and boring docu-feature. Samruddhi Porey’s Marathi film Dr Prakash Baba Amte, thankfully, escapes all these threats and emerges a clear winner.
This Marathi film is a real-life story of Dr Prakash Amte and his wife Dr Mandakini Amte. It shows upbringing of the second generation of Baba Amte family and later their self-devotion to the service of poor and tribal at Lok Biradari Prakalp at Hemalkasa in Maharashtra. The strongest point of Dr Prakash Baba Amte is that it neither talks philosophy nor does it lecture the audiences. It just shows a simple and selfless way of living of a human being.
Many people have heard or read about Dr Prakash Amte and his wife Dr Mandakini Amte. This film shows the couple’s actual lives and works that have made them so great in India and abroad as well. It is a very touching film, which shows how meaningless lives we lead, and that how a few good people are the reasons for the better going of this entire world. The film speaks about humanity, a value that is on the verge of extinction.
Samruddhi Porey definitely deserves praise for making a film on this subject. She has written an intelligent and balancing script for this film. There are moments in Dr Prakash Baba Amte when you have no option than to allow your tears roll down your eyes, and sometimes you can’t just stop laughing at the genuine humor.
Dr Prakash Baba Amte has some minuses on the technical front but it hardly strikes us while watching the film. These technical drawbacks appear too insignificant because the film successfully serves it purpose.
After writer-director Samruddhi Porey, Dr Prakash Baba Amte belongs to its lead cast – Nana Patekar and Sonali Kulkarni. These two actors are undoubtedly very precious gifts to the Marathi film industry. And they have decorated their respective careers by becoming part of this film.
The film has brilliant performances from almost all the actors, but some of the scenes of Nana Patekar and Sonali Kulkarni leave you speechless; like when a man comes to take his girl child back from the ashram; when a tiger dies of snake-bite; when the doctor couple operates a pregnant tribal woman and could not save her child; and when a reformed naxalite meets the Amte couple in America. These impressive scenes make the film a brilliant piece of work.
Actors Mohan Agashe, Sushant Kakade, Tejashri Pradhan, Ashish Chaugule, Bharat Ganeshpure and others have provided a valuable support to the film. Mahesh Aney’s camerawork is remarkable.
After a series of ‘Ganda Hai Par Dhandha Hai Ye’ kind-of-stuff, Essel Vision finally has a film they can take pride in. Let’s hope they leave no stone unturned in promoting this film and taking it to the maximum audiences.
Watch this film. You may find something that can give meaning to your life also!