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Times of India
It is the true life story of Dr Prakash Amte and his continuous efforts for the upliftment of the tribals in the Hemalkasa are of Maharashtra.
There are people who are content with their comfortable lifestyle and monotonous routine, and then there are the others. The others who work towards making the world a better place to live in and Prakash Amte is one of them.
As the son of Baba Amte, a man who dedicated his entire life for the sake of lepers who were abandoned by their family or villagers, Prakash had his eye set on doing something similar for the society. And when asked to choose between the comforts of the city life and working for tribals, the trained medical practitioner chose the latter. His efforts at the Lok Biradari Prakalp in Hemalkasa helped in treating the tribals who were initially afraid to let him do so. And no, he was not alone in this endeavour. Giving him company was a trusted and devoted team of like-minded individuals including his wife Mandakini, Renuka Amte Manohar, Vilas Manohar, Gopal and others.
The film is an account of his work but is not restricted to that. It is also a story of the compatibility and love that his wife Mandakini shares with him. Though all this can't be covered in a little more than 2 hours, the film manages to summarise the important chapters of the Ramon Magsaysay award winning couple whose life is a standing example of selfless service for the sake of humanity.
Nana Patekar, who Baba Amte considered a son, fits the part of Prakash Amte with effortless ease. He gets every emotion right and there couldn't have been a better person to have essayed the role. Ditto with Sonali Kulkarni who plays Mandakini Amte's role. It is one of those roles that utilised her acting prowess to the fullest. The supporting cast does a great job and so do the Madia tribals, many of whom feature in the film.
Calling the film technically sound won't be entirely correct but that drawback can be overlooked when compared with the sheer greatness of the subject. For those who have been to Hemalkasa, this would be like recreating the memories but for others, it is an example of how a team of determined people worked and are still working for the betterment of others. A must watch, this one.