DOCTOR RAKHMABAIdeals with the tumultuous era of 1864---1955. 90 epic years that changed Indian tradition and society and one iconic lady who was responsible for the silent revolt. Dr Rakhmabai, India’s first practicing lady doctor. She diligently followed her step-father, Dr Sakharam Arjun’s lessons to educate herself, much against the norms of the time. It was a move that shook up a lot of people in a conservative , orthodox society. What followed was a bigger upheaval, what became“the most shocking news of the time”. Young Rakhmabai refused to live with her husband, raising a storm of dust that ended up as a battle in the High Court of Bombay[then] under a British judge. In what threatened to change existingmarriage laws and raise a dust on child marriage and abuse, Rakhmabai stood steadfast in her intentions and despite losing the case refused to bend down to her imbecile husband. She went to England to get a degree in medicine and returned to her country that ironically ostracized her. But she fought to pioneer medical theories and also to clear the stigma attached to her.
Directed by Ananth Mahadevan
Marathi, 124 minutes, 2016, India