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Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar (2000)

A portrait of the one of our greatest social reformer of our times - Ambedkar. The film documents the period between 1901 and 1956. The film delves more into Ambedkar's life as a reformer, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar
... Ramabai Ambedkar
Mohan Gokhale ... Mahatma Gandhi
... Dr. Kabir
Alisa Bosschaert
Ma Jivan Mary ... Rosa Epstein
Tirlok Malik ... Lala Lajpatrai
Rahul Solapurkar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... young Sonali Kulkarni
... Friend of Ambedkar
Stacie Johnsen ... Patron (as Stacie Kellie)
Namrata Kadam ... Babasaheb ambedkar's sister
... Narsingh Rao
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A portrait of the one of our greatest social reformer of our times - Ambedkar. The film documents the period between 1901 and 1956. The film delves more into Ambedkar's life as a reformer, while his personal life is sort of skimmed over. Ambedkar who is the first graduate of his community, the untouchables, is an unassuming young man. All he is concerned about, even when he goes to New York for further studies is that he's here to study, not get involved in political issues and rallies. His exchanges with Afro-Americans, his teachers who support Human Rights and the inclusion of the 14th Amendment in the US Constitution granting rights to African-Americans however rouse the reformer in him. While India is fighting against the British rule on the political level spear-headed by Mahatma Gandhi, Ambedkar wages a social battle against the Upper Caste Hindus. Ambedkar and Gandhi clash in their ideologies. Yet Gandhi admires Ambedkar and it is on his insistence that Ambedkar is made the ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Mammootty won the National award for best actor for his role See more »

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Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar: There have been many Mahatmas in India whose sole object was to remove Untouchability and to elevate and absorb the depressed classes, but everyone has failed in their mission.
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar: Mahatmas have come, Mahatmas have gone but the Untouchables have remained as Untouchables.
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Masterpiece
16 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

It is a masterpiece from Dr. Jabber Patel whose passion and patience in bringing such a biopic is commendable. It falls in the genre of Richard Attenborough's Gandhi. I enjoyed it very much. The encounter of titans of Indian freedom struggle, Gandhi and Ambedkar is shown with great craft and intensity. Kudos to Mammooty for his action as Ambedkar. The restraint with inner turmoil shown by Mammooty puts him one among the great actors we have worldwide.

Since it is a biographical film, the clichés of commercial film do not apply. Some of the dialogues may be uncomfortable to audiences. But that is what Dr. Ambedkar is as depicted by director. The nature of issue in the context is very sensitive and obviously it creates controversy which makes the film important.


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