Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Hindu : Arts / Magazine : Showcase: Personal, yet impersonal

This is one noble soul that I have come across in my entire life with such a zeal to do so much for the world around us, knowing well the physical limitations yet exploring each moment the joys of reaching out to the needy. Mr. Rajinder Johar, I truly salute your spirit and highly recommend this film by Mr. Pankaj Johar - a real tribute to the legend who continues to write history in the disability movement each day!

Please do not miss this out. It has the potential to kindle life, energy in any of us.

"A documentary film on the life of a disabled person has every chance of becoming a sob story, especially if made by a family member. “Still Standing” triumphs on this score. Pankaj Johar — who won the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari Trophy for the best debut director in the international competition section of the 12th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films (MIFF) — does not allow the personal to overshadow down the professional in his film based on his father Rajinder Johar’s life.
Johar senior’s story is inspiring, to say the least. Shot by a colleague soon after joining as a physiotherapist in Lucknow’s King George’s Medical College way back in 1986, a bullet injury in the spine meant he was completely bedridden for the rest of his life. After an initial phase of depression, he chose to live life. And how!

He started what is known as Family of Disabled (FoD), an NGO that has over the years provided help to thousands of disabled people in Delhi to be self-dependant. From his bed, Johar coordinates a team that provides help to disabled people from various strata of society."

Subhash C Vashishth

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