Disability is not a defining feature

The first known movie to feature disability in a meaningful way in Hindi cinema was Jeevan Naiya (1936). In this movie, the lead character abandons his wife on learning that she belongs to a family of dancers. Later, he is blinded in an accident and is nursed by a woman who he eventually falls in love with. Of course that woman is his wife. Karma comes a full circle.And that’s what continued in subsequent films: either karma and its lessons or pity. In Sholay (1975), Thakur, the police officer (Sanjeev Kumar) has his arms amputated by the infamous Gabbar (Amjad Khan). Thakur hires two mercenaries to avenge Gabbar and his gang. This leads to a final duel between Gabbar and Thakur. And what does Thakur do? He crushes Gabbar’s arms with spikes. Thakur probably thought that living with a disability is worse than dying.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/disability-is-not-a-defining-feature/article25650642.ece

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