About the movie “Waarsa” –
Bhagyashree Barlingay, Mesa, AZ, USA
Sept 1, 2018
Vaarsa, the legacy, this word always raises more questions than answers. Whose legacy ? who is receiving it ? Legacy of what ? Why is certain person is getting it and not others? etc.
Arun Nalawade’s movie, Vaarsa gives us more answers to the questions which have been raised by the cruel indifference of the society. The story (which is not fictitious)) of this movie revolves around the struggles of a simple man, Rambhau Ingole who is told, in good faith, to take care of the children of prostitutes by a politician. Initially, Rambhau seems to be lacking the aptitude and attitude, both, which creates a funny and sad situation at the same time. But the innocent faces of children changes something within him. His realization is the indication of ongoing psychological evolution of a man who is well rooted in a particular society that follows certain norms strictly. But now he can think out of the box and what we see on the screen is a family that consists of a father and many children struggling with the same issues of paucity of food, shortage of money etc. that any other poor family would have to deal with; but they are facing this together now and this togetherness with Rambhau as their father wipes out their orphanhood and that is the glory of this story.
This movie could have been made as a serious documentary with facts and statistics regarding prostitutes and their children with camera looming on the filth and poverty in the red light area but instead this movie focuses on the human side of the whole problem … the step children of the society… the prostitutes and their progeny!
The movie has a soft, gentle texture even when Rambhau is trying to discipline the children who otherwise would have never known a real father concerned about their welfare.
This is not a modern fairy tale. This movie never loses its realistic touch. Taking care of children is a major task; taking care of orphans of different ages, who come from unfortunate, traumatic situations; whose ideas of life are fundamentally distorted due to the real life happening around them- needs more than textbook parenting! It needs constant passion and compassion enveloped in firmness and determination. This becomes evident from the excellent acting of Mr. Arun Nalawade who plays the leading role of Rambhau.
The child artists have acted very maturely and have made the movie lively. One thing that is clear from the interaction of children with Rambhau is their sense of security, and not food, keeps them bonded with Rambhau. Children are not able to differentiate good from bad unless they are shown what is good.
The direction of the movie is such that it never loses the politeness, the respectful limits on the screen, the regard for the audience. There are instances where the director could have easily taken “artistic liberty” but that has been tactfully avoided to the relief of the spectators.
This movie does not glorify the hero at all. The story also brings out the sullen scenes where he could have done better, specially in controlling his temper. It makes him more human.
Vaarsa, the legacy that has been created and will be left behind for the involved children and for the society is the difference that a person like Rambhau Ingole can make whose heart and mind are ruled by compassion, not transiently but for ever and steadfastly ! It is the tale of children who could have grown into human beings with no future and no hopes; instead their lives are now illuminated with love and aspirations. This movie will affirm your faith in humanity; and will ask you to reexamine your own values and outlook towards the underprivileged.
This movie was well received and highly appreciated in Phoenix, Arizona and Fremont, California for its artistic presentation of a very difficult subject and for its social engagement.
This movie is recommended for all age groups. It should be shown free of charge by the government of India to raise the public awareness regarding the most neglected issue of the children of prostitutes, which is well depicted in this movie.