‘Death follows Birth, but Life is Eternal‘ – We come across this message in one of the stories of Rubaru Roshni, and it possibly summarizes what this deeply poignant film stands for. Directed by Svati Chakravarty Bhatkal and backed by Aamir Khan Productions, Rubaru Roshni intimately documents three amazing stories of life, death, and life after that death.
The context, scale or demographics of all these stories are as different from each other as possible, but the grief or the loss of families of victims remains as intense, and their profoundly humane approach to forgiveness and empathy remains as genuine and heartfelt as they can be. The film is a moving commentary of situations that lead people to commit the most heinous of crimes, their deepest sense of remorse and gratitude on one side; and of unbelievable acts of kindness & compassion and finding inner peace & strength to embrace the goodness in life on the other – doesn’t matter if you are a grieving child, sibling or a mother.
These are the kind of films and stories that the world and India needs at the moment. Thank you Aamir Khan for being an integral part of such an important project. Thank you Svati for bringing such astounding human stories into our conversations. And may everyone find peace and kindness to enlighten themselves and lives around them. May the flickering flame of empathy and compassion never burn itself out.
Rubaru Roshni is available for free on Hotstar in multiple languages. The one with the English title card is the recommended watch since it comes with the original voices of the people who narrate their journeys without the translated voiceovers. Give this a shot! It may be the best thing you watch this Republic Day. Jai Hind!
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