&TV’s Ambedkar show – a masterpiece by Imtiaz Punjabi

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India’s first law and justice minister Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, also known as Babasaheb Ambedkar and the major architect of the Constitution of India, will be forever remembered as a great man, a patriotic Indian, an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement.

A genius and an iconic personality who accomplished postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics, Babasaheb persistently campaigned against social discrimination towards the untouchables (Dalits).

Born in the town and military cantonment of Mhow in the Central Provinces (now in Madhya Pradesh) on 14 April 1891 into a poor low Mahar (Dalit) cast, who were treated as untouchables and subjected to socio-economic discrimination, Bhimrao was the 14th and last child of Ramji Maloji Sakpal, an army officer who held the rank of Subedar, and wife Bhimabai Sakpal.

Bhimrao’s original surname was Sakpal but his father registered his name as Ambadawekar in the school in subsequent years, meaning he comes from his native village ‘Ambadawe’ in Ratnagiri district. Bhimrao’s Devrukhe Brahmin teacher, Krishna Keshav Ambedkar, changed his surname from ‘Ambadawekar’ to his own surname ‘Ambedkar’ in school records later.

An inspirational story of Babasaheb and his journey from the tender age of five, to him becoming the prime architect of the Indian constitution; ‘Ek Mahanayak – Dr B R Ambedkar’ TV serial has become the most popular show on ‘&TV’ entertainment channel.

Renowned producer Smruti Shinde’s production house, SOBO Films has produced this TV show which is directed by a senior and well-respected director, Imtiaz Punjabi – an experienced personality recognized for his technical and creative skills.

Child actor and an innocent face, Aayudh Bhanushali portrays the character of young Bhimrao in ‘Ek Mahanayak – Dr B R Ambedkar’. Marathi actress Neha Joshi acts as Bhimrao’s mother whose style of acting has won the hearts of millions around the world. Brilliant performance by Marathi stage actor Jaggu Niwangune as Bhimrao’s father has won huge praises from the viewers.

‘Ek Mahanayak – Dr B R Ambedkar’ airs on ‘&TV’ and the episodes can be watch online on Zee5.com.   

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