After experimenting with films on the life of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the Kannada film industry has, for the first time, focussed its attention on the life of Ramabai, Ambedkar’s wife, who supported him immensely in his work.
Ramabai is said to be the second film on Ambedkar’s wife.
Noted filmmaker Prakash Jadhav had directed Ramabai Bheemarao Ambedkar in 2011. The Kannada film Ramabai will hit the screens on April 15 to mark the 125th birth anniversary of the Dalit icon.
The film, written and directed by M. Ranganath, is produced by Y. Srinivas. Yajna Shetty essays the role of Ramabai and Siddaram Karnik dons the role of Ambedkar. Gurudutt Musuri has wielded the camera, while K. Kalyan has composed music. Art director Rajgopal has recreated the pre-Independence period.
The biopic is based on an elaborate research by Siddaram Karnik, who holds a doctorate on the subject. “We have shot the film in Dharwad and Karwar, where Ambedkar spent some time,” Srinivas says. It was Ramabai’s grit and determination that motivated him to make a film on her, he adds.
Ramabai is a famous play in north-Karnataka, based on Siddaram Karnik’s work. It also helps that Karnik resembles Ambedkar, and people have always identified him with the legendary Dalit leader. “We asked Karnik to essay the role of Ambedkar in Ramabai, specifically because of that,” he adds.
Source – The Hindu