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On Ambedkar Jayanti 5 Finest Films On Inequality & The ‘ Great’ Indian Caste System

On Ambedkar Jayanti 5 Finest Films On Inequality & The ‘ Great’ Indian Caste System

1.     Sujata(1959): Inspired  directly by  Dr Ambedkar’s  treatise on  the abolishment  of the caste  system Sujata is a haunting ever-renewable ever-relevant meditation on blood ties and social inequality. Nutan  won her  her Filmfare award as  the socio-economically backward  orphan adopted by an upperclass couple, played by Tarun Bose and  Sulochana. The  mother can  never bring herself to love Sujata as much as her own biological daughter Rama. When Sujata falls in love with an  uppercaste Brahmin boy played by Sunil Dutt, all hell breaks loose. This delicately-drawn film best remembered for Nutan’s nuanced  class act(pun intended) could address Dr Ambedkar’s thoughts  and feelings directly . The sequence where Sujata sobs under Gandhiji’s statue  in the   pouring rain  remains emblematic  of the inequality that still  rules  our  socio-political  conscience.SoorajBarjatya made a fluffy  version …

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