Unsung heroes

Sakal Times
Friday, 27 July 2018

Here are five movies based on people who showed bravery in the face of adversity to stand up for what they believed in and made all the difference in the world

Not all superheroes wear capes. In fact, in the real world, heroes come in all shapes and sizes. While some of them risk their lives to protect the country, others challenge society to change and think about female sanitation. They are always fighting for a greater cause. Here’s a list of inspiring stories of such heroes you can watch over the weekend. 

Released earlier this year, Raazi is an exciting film that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It follows the life of Sehmat Khan, a Kashmiri woman who agrees to marry a Pakistani army officer in order to spy on Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. You can watch the film on Amazon Prime. 

The film is based on the works of Arunachalam Muruganantham in the field of female sanitation which has been studied in the prestigious institutes of IIM and Harvard. Upon realising the extent to which women are affected by their menses, a man sets out to create a sanitary pad machine and to provide inexpensive sanitary pads to the women of rural India.

The film traces Alan Turing’s journey to crack the Enigma Code along with his peers whilst discovering his sexuality and facing consequences of embracing it. Turing was not only known as a great mathematician but also as one of the openly gay men at such a critical era. During World War II, this English mathematical genius tried to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Shahid Azmi is a Human Rights lawyer, an ordinary citizen with an extraordinary commitment to justice. His quest to fight for the right leads to him being arrested under the TADA Act. His undying spirit to fight for justice is captured in Shahid. The movie led Rajkummar Rao to win his first National Award for Best Actor and Hansal Mehta to win the National Award for Best Director. You can watch Shahid on Netflix. 

The extraordinary story of  Srinivasa Ramanujan, known as the best Mathematician of India, and his contribution to the field of Mathematics is essayed in The Man Who Knew Infinity. 

Starring the Academy nominee Dev Patel and Academy Winner Jeremy Irons, it portrays the academic career of the pioneer Indian mathematician and his friendship with his mentor, Professor G H Hardy.

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