Dr.Prakash Baba Amte – The real Hero (2014)

My Ratings: 3.7/5.

Our current society is a mirror where people can only see themselves, the more they try to perfect their reflection the more it gets distorted. A never-ending self-centered struggle, a rat race where even if you win you still remain a rat.

But of course there are a few exceptions like Dr.Prakash Baba Amte who has given his entire life for the welfare of other living beings (humans and animals).

Dr.Prakash Baba Amte – The real Hero is a biographical film made in Marathi language on the selfless lives of Dr.Prakash and his wife Manadakini.

Son of the great social worker Baba Amte who dedicatedly helped the lepers who were abandoned from their villages in the outskirts of Maharashtra, Dr.Prakash decides to carry forward his father’s intention that is to serve the poor and the helpless throughout his life.

Prakash-Amte-1So with the sole intention of helping others Prakash Amte becomes a doctor and refusing the metropolitan comforts he goes to reside in the very interior villages of Maharashtra to treat the poor tribals for free.

Dr.Prakash Baba Amte along with his wife Manadakini and a small team of dedicated people established their own 24hours open desi-clinic in Hemalkasa – a project called Lok Biradari Prakalp for the development of tribal people.

Soon he managed to establish a school for the tribal children known as the Lok Biradari Ashram.

Prakash-amte-3His heart not only bled for the humans; he also treated the injured/orphaned wild animals from the nearby jungle. Amte’s Animal Ark was built; here animals are kept in cages, fed and nursed till they recover their health. It looks like a mini zoo, as there are a variety of animals – tigers, leopards, lions, eagles, snakes, hyenas, bears you name it!

Well I can keep on writing on Dr.Prakash Amte’s achievements but lets get back to the film and discuss about how well writer/director Samrouddhi Porey has captured the essence of Prakash Amte’s eventful life.

I personally feel the time span of a bit more than 2 hours is a very less time to portray the doctor’s struggle and his achievements.

But the film indeed has done justice, not only touched the important aspects of Amte’s life but also has stressed the emotional moments with dignity. Good camera work and intelligent witty dialogues has made the film worth it.

But then again without Nana Patekar and Sonali Kulkarni’s natural performances the film wouldn’t have been half as entertaining as it is presently.

Prakash-Amte-2Nana Patekar has always been a stalwart in acting but in this film we don’t see him delivering his famous hyperactive dialogues; here he is calm and determined, matured and dependable. He proved that he indeed was the perfect choice for Dr.Amte’s role.

Mohan Agashe does his cameo as Baba Amte in the film.

A better background score could have had a more impact but overall a decent film, both entertaining and educational.

We should at least be aware of the presence of such people like Dr.Prakash Baba Amte who has the courage, dedication and determination to give their entire life for the welfare of others.

The film doesn’t make him a hero but it does share the story of a real life hero with us. I guess the film serves it’s purpose very well.

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