Pune: While the Supreme Court in its landmark verdict decided to abolish the practice of instant triple talaq in the Muslim community, renowned actress Jyoti Subhash has produced a documentary film on the life of Hameed Dalwai, the man who was the first person protesting against this practice some 50 years ago.
The film titled ‘Hameed - The Unsung Humanist’, was released at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) on Sunday evening. The film takes us into the life of Dalwai through the conversation between renowned actors Naseeruddin Shah, Amruta Subhash and Dr Hamid Dabholkar of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) and son of late social activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar.
“Dalwai was a very unique person. We all know him as a reformer who started the protest against triple talaq. However, there were many other beautiful aspects to Dalwai’s personality. He was an amazing author and a great human being, and we have tried to reflect all those various aspects in the documentary,” Jyoti Subhash said.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Shamsuddin Tamboli, President of Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal (MSM) said that Dalwai was a revolutionary thinker. “All he wished for was the inculcation of scientific temperament and reforms in the Muslim society. In his very short lifespan of 44 years, he accomplished an astounding amount of work. There are many misconceptions about him. His image, as a true secularist, needs to reach to all the people. This film is very significant as it will take Dalwai’s thoughts to the youth.”
He also added that the film has the power to achieve what the media might not be able to do over 10 years.
Dabholkar said that in today’s communally disrupted time, a film on the life of a religious critic like Dalwai will encourage the youth to think about and criticise the faults in one’s own religion.