Dr. B.R Ambedkar, the tale of a man whose accomplishments and hardships for the betterment of the untouchable has been spoken about through different mediums. However, narrating a fresh perspective to his story for the first time on Hindi television, &TV’s show Ek Mahanayak – Dr. B.R Ambedkar attempts to highlight this great man’s ideals and principles that were although way ahead of his time, were rigorously practiced and are being preached even today in modern India. Traversing the journey of this socialist, economist and great leader while also shedding light upon the significance of his constant support and inspiration, his Father, Ramji Maloji Sakpal, the show has roped in actor Jagannath Nivangune to reprise this role of the former. Prepping up for this big role Jagannath decided to resort to a biography of Ambedkar that would help him thorough the nitty gritties of his character.
Ramji Ambedkar had been the biggest support system that Babasaheb had in his growing years. From struggling to get his son the best education possible in difficult days of his life to waiting for him to return from his journey little has been emphasized on the significance of this man in Ambedkar’s life and the bond he shares with the latter. While Indian leaders have been documented by way of films and books, one such book written by Changdev Bhavanrao Khairmode, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar captures the life of Ramji and the influence that he had on Dr. Ambedkar’s life. Thoroughly researching through various stories, the book is what helped Jagannath understand Ramji Ambedkar, his mannerisms, his family life and the bonding he had with Bhimrao.
On his character and his preparation for it Jagannath said, “Ramji is as inspiring a character as Ambedkar whose tale is lesser known as compared to the latter. Initially, I thought I knew all about Ambedkar’s life and didn’t need much preparation, but realized Ramji as a character was unknown to me. I began researching and understood how Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was close to his parents but his father. Ramji’s existence in Babasaheb’s life has not been written in a lot of books and this book that I came across speaks about his bond at length. I went through several stories and books before coming across this one. I believe this would be a rather enriching journey to witness for the audience.”
The show is set to present a narrative of the life-changing true story of the Messiah of the Untouchables – how the seeds of the revolution were sown in him at the tender age of 5, eventually leading him to set off a social reform which resulted in shaping the Indian constitution.
Ek Mahanayak – Dr. B.R Ambedkar coming soon on &TV