I Am Sindhutai Sapkal
Born on 14th November in a shepherd’s family in wardha. Maharashtra, Chindi took to grazing the buffaloes even as she to attend the local school. But at the age of ten she was married off to a main who was thirty. She bore him three sons and then at the age of twenty three, when she was pregnant with his daughter, the in-laws ostracized her. Homeless and abandoned in a xow stable she gave birth to the baby girl, cutting the umbilical chord herself with a stone.
Language: Marathi (English Subtitles)
Country of Origin: India
Running Time: 120 mins
Medium: 35mm / DVD / Digital
Rights: Available Worldwide, except India
CAST & CREW
Director: Ananth Narayan Mahadevan
Producer: Sachin – Bindiya Khanolkar
Editor: Ananth Mahadevan
Cast: Tejaswini Pandit, Upendra Limaye, Jyoti Chandekar, Neena Kulkarni, Suhas Palshikar, Ganesh Yadav, Pranjal shetye, Jaywant wadkar, Charusheela sable, Urmila Nimbalkar, Kyashap Parulekar
Writer: Sindhutai Sapkal, Sanjay Pawar, Ananth Mahadevan
Producer's Representative: Ostrow and Company
"NEEDS GUTS TO MAKE A FILM LIKE THIS."
-Jeeturaj, radio Mirchi
"TOUCHING STORY OF A DISTRAUGHT WOMAN……PRANJAL SHETYE
IS BRILLIANT…..DILIGENTLY HANDLED BY THE DIRECTOR."
"The director pull of a casting coup with the outstanding performance of Tejaswini and Jyoti Chandekar"
"The film intrigues you with its conflict and drama… the best thing is thedirection and acting…Mahadevan’s best directorial venture yet!"
"The film works so well... kudos to Anand Mahadevan for maintaining a remarkable degree of restraint in his narration.. Exemplary performances. A truly uplifting film."
- Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India
Soon she became a gypsy carrying her infant child Mamta with her. Taking shelter in graveyards where she warmed the food left behind by mourners, sindhu attempted suicide twice. But when she stood on the edge of a cliff, she saw a tree axed, and red sap oozing out. The fact that the tree still gave shelter despite being wounded, opened her eyes to life and a new mission. She decided that she would live and give life to those who needed it.
To feed Mamta, she resorted to singing in trains and giving rousing talks. She later decied to leave her daughter with a charitable trust in pune, and carry on the journey on her own. In chikaldhara she got together some abandoned children and started living with them. Mamta used to visit her, but she never got any prefential treatment. Her moment of reckoning came when she took up the cause of Adivasis, confronted the forest authorities and even met the then prime minister Indira Gandhi to plead for rights for the dountodden. Her firery speeches earned her money and name and soon she was champion of the orphans.
Establishing a charity centre for orphans and destitute women, sindhutai rose against all odds to script a courageous story of the triumph of the human spirit. The crowning glory was her invitation to San Francisco to address the Marathi Vishwa Parishad, where the story of her journey became a sterling example for all.