Release Date: 7th September, 2012
Cast: Sampika, Khalid Siddique, Salil Ankola, Achint Kaur, Sourabh Dubey, Aditya Lakhia, Narendra Jha, Rajendra Gupta, Mangal Kenkre, Gauri Kulkarni, Major Vikram, Rakhi Mishra, Tanya Tiwari, Sayaji Shinde, Kammal Adiib, Jaiwant Wadkar, Jairaj Nair, Milind Joshi, Alpa Joshi & Milind Yashod
Director: Vijay Patkar
Writer/Producer: Dr. Sanjay Patole
Singers: Shaan, Kailash Kher, Shreya Ghoshal
Plot: “Riwayat” is an upcoming Hindi feature film that handles the disturbing issue of female foeticide and infanticide. It is produced by two internationally renowned Indian doctors in Australia. Film is based on real facts, that is about 100 million baby girls are missing from this world since 1984 – 40 million from India alone. They were killed only for being girls and not boys who are favoured by traditions. The practice of female foeticide is still rampant judging by the falling female to male baby ratio in India. The issue has been called as a matter of national shame. Just a few years ago Millennium Star Mr. Amitabh Bachchan expressed his feelings in an event, where he said ‘how we can congratulate ourselves as a superstar nation when we loose millions of female infants to foeticide’. Recently, even Super Star Aamir Khan brought this issue in light in the very first episode of his mega talk show ‘Satyamev Jayate’.
Film “Riwayat” handles the issue of female foeticide and infanticide in an artistic and sensitive manner. It does not exploit the issue just for the sake of being sensational. It simply portrays the emotional journey of three ladies from different walks of life, after facing this issue. Dr Sanjay Patole, is the writer, producer and creative director of “Riwayat”, is an internationally renowned Professor of neonatology at the University of Western Australia. Coproducer Dr Ajay Rane is the founding Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. Professor Ajay Rane and Prof Sanjay Patole are both motivated to preserve life one as an obstetrician and the other as a neonatologist. This film has achieved worldwide recognition by winning 5 awards and 12 nominations in 12 international film festivals – an outstanding achievement for an unusual commercial film that handles a serious social issue while still retaining all the colour, songs, and dances of Bollywood films.