‘Shudra’ releases Saturday, highlights ills of caste system

MUMBAI: Many filmmakers have moved away from masala movies and made movies on socially relevant issues. The latest to join the list is director Sanjiv Jaiswal with "Shudra: The Rising", on the ills of the caste system.

The film is releasing Saturday, which marks birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar, known for his fight against the caste divide in the country.

"Casteism is poison of the society – it catalyses discrimination, malignity and disparity. Our film has a motive to expose agonies of ancient time to extremists of present age who are still supporting and promoting this poison into the society," said Jaiswal.

"Our effort will be successful even if few people could take cognizance to it," he added.

"Shudra – The Rising" is a poignant tale of strenuous rules and regulations imposed on a group of people, who were condemned to sub-human existence. The film features Kirran Sharad, Pravin Baby, Shridhar Dubey and Mahesh Balraj among others.

"’Shudra’ is heartfelt dedication to warriors like Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jyotiba Phule, Shivaji Maharaj and other unsung heroes, who fought and are still fighting for justice, equality, freedom and respect of the oppressed class," said Jaiswal, who has also written and produced the film.

This is not the first time that the caste system has been taken up onthe big screen. Directors like Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani have made films on the issue.

Jaiswal says his aim is to make younger generation aware of the scourge.