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Rare 1968 Marathi short film on BR Ambedkar acquired by National Film Archive of India

Rare 1968 Marathi short film on BR Ambedkar acquired by National Film Archive of India
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Rare 1968 Marathi short film on BR Ambedkar acquired by National Film Archive of India

A uncommon Marathi short film made on Babasaheb Ambedkar in 1968 has been acquired by the National Film Archive of India, an official assertion stated on Tuesday.

The film titled Mahapurush Dr Ambedkar was produced by the Director of Publicity, Authorities of Maharashtra in July 1968, the Ministry of Data and Broadcasting ministry stated.

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Directed by Namdeo Vatkar beneath the banner of Vathkar Productions, the music for the 18-minute short film was composed by famend composer Datta Davajekar.

Veteran film artiste David Abraham was the narrator for the film. Namdeo Vatkar was a veteran actor and director within the Marathi film business who wrote and directed movies like Aaher that includes Sulochana in 1957 and Mulga that includes Hansa Wadkar in 1956.

Vatkar additionally wrote the story of Ram Gabale film Ghardhani together with P.L.Deshpande in 1952.

“It’s a very well timed discovery of the film on Dr BR Ambedkar once we are celebrating one hundred and thirtieth delivery anniversary of the important thing architect of the Indian Structure on 14th April. The short film fictionalises the important thing occasions of Dr Ambedkar’s life and it additionally has reside footage of his later years,” stated Prakash Magdum, Director, NFAI.

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The film has the visuals of Ambedkar embracing the Buddhist faith and his go to to Nepal together with close-up photographs of his funeral procession at Dadar Chowpaty in Mumbai.

“The film was initially made in 35 mm format however what we’ve got discovered is a 16 mm copy in all probability meant for distribution in rural areas. The situation of the film is reasonable and we plan to digitise it quickly in order that it may be accessed by folks,” stated Magdum.

“We enchantment to particular person collectors and distributors together with others to return ahead and submit movies or footages at NFAI in order that it may be preserved,’ he stated.

(With inputs from Press Belief of India)

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