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Subah/ Umbartha

“Subah” made as Umbartha in Marathi, by Jabbar Patel, starring Smita Patil, Girish Karnad among others and story by Vijay Tendulkar – what a magnificent movie on a socially relevant theme.

Savitri (Smita Patil) is a housewife in a traditional family with her husband Subhash (Girish Karnad) and a kid. Her mother in law is a stubborn old cranky woman. Her husband is supporting her when she receives a job offer as a Superintendent in a Girls Reformatory home far away from her house. She is a gold medalist in social welfare from TISS and so wants to do something for the women.

When she arrives at the reformatory home, she finds it like a hell home, with no discipline amongst the women, a rude & abrasive Chairman, an impotent managing committee and all kinds of fraud, theft, abuse taking place in the home. The woman are sent on nightly duties to the local MLA house. There is corruption in supplies, thefts taking place from the kitchen. Savitri sets about reforming one task after another against stiff opposition from all including the Chairman and the managing committee.

In between two girls are found in a lesbian pose, of which one girl has hot food poured on her lap deliberately. The women there are cases of abusive husband, & families which do not want to take them back. There are young mothers, raped mothers, women married to elder women, women married off as 4th wife etc. Its a terrible story of misery and sadness which the reformatory school is supposed to rectify and send them back to the society and somebody who can stand on their feet on their own.

Savitri tries all possible trick in the book to bring about changes in the system, including starting courses for the women. Two girls are lured to a glitzy world out there and run away only to be used and abused by men outside and brought back to the home. They do not want to stay there, saying what has the home to offer to us. Both these girls commit suicide.

That breaks the back of Savitri who decides to resign and get back to her family. But all things are not the same at the family front also. Shades of Bhumika in this movie where Smita Patil plays the role of a fiercely independent woman out to live the world entirely on her own terms.

Smita Patil is magnificent in the movie as usual displaying her entire range of emotions fully. She is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. She is undoubtedly one of the best movie stars to come out from India in the 70s and 80s. It was unfortunate that she died so early robbing us of one of the greatest movie stars ever seen on Indian cinema.

Story by Vijay Tendulkar is beautiful as usual and that Jabbar Patel made such a beautiful socially relevant movie is a tribute to his craft.

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12.50 kms in mindspace

12.50 kms in mindspace. Weather was a lot more warmer than previous days.

MRR is raising funds for Animedh Charitable Trust, an NGO whose objectives are to provide support and social services to needy women and children. ACT empowers women to transform their lives by providing vocational training and facilitating income generation opportunities. ACT also promotes basic and higher education for the children, especially the girl-child.

Request people to contribute generously to their cause by clicking on the following link.

https://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/tmm-fundraiser-15407

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7.84 kms in mindspace

7.84 kms in mindspace, Mumbai. Extremely cold today morning by Mumbai standards.

MRR is raising funds for Population First, an NGO which  is a social impact organization that works for women’s empowerment, gender equality and community mobilisation to achieve India’s social and demographic goals. They do this through their girl child campaign – Laadli and field-based health, nutrition and rural development programme – Action for Mobilization of Community Health Initiatives (AMCHI).

Request people to contribute generously to their cause by clicking on the following link.

https://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/tmm-fundraiser-15408

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7.88 kms in mindspace

7.88 kms in Mindspace, Bombay. MRR is raising funds for Animedh Charitable Trust, an NGO whose objectives are to provide support and social services to needy women and children. ACT empowers women to transform their lives by providing vocational training and facilitating income generation opportunities. ACT also promotes basic and higher education for the children, especially the girl-child. Request people to contribute generously for their cause. To contribute, please click on the following link.

https://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/tmm-fundraiser-15407

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9.94 kms in mindspace

9.94 kms in mindspace. Have a great weekend folks. Phew! November is upon us, last two months of this dreaded year. Hope it goes through without any more tragedies befalling families and friends.

MRR (Mumbai Road Runners) is raising funds for Animedh Charitable Trust, an NGO. The objectives of ANIMEDH CHARITABLE TRUST (ACT) are to provide support and social services to needy women and children. ACT empowers women to transform their lives by providing vocational training and facilitating income generation opportunities. ACT also promotes basic and higher education for the children, especially the girl-child.

In order to contribute to this cause, please visit the following link.

https://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/tmm-fundraiser-15407

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