The other day I saw the DVD of a Hindi movie called Dhoop in my local library and checked it out. Last night I had the chance to watch it. And I am happy that I did.
Dhoop is based on the true story of Capt. Anuj Nayyar's parents' struggle.
In a nutshell, the story goes like this:
"Capt. Rohit Kapoor dies during one of the skirmishes in the Kargil War and the Govt. of India posthumously awards him the Maha Vir Chakra. It also allots a petrol pump for his family. The only next of kin for Capt. Kapoor are his parents. Though they initially are reluctant to accept the petrol pump, they see the principle behind it and agree to it. That's where there nightmare begins.
Capt. Kapoor's father, Professor Kapoor, goes about the business of getting the land, electricity, water supply etc. sanctioned for the petrol pump and is frustrated to see that not only do the general public and government servants not value his son's sacrifice for the country, they are downright rude and corrupt. Whichever government official that Kapoor Sr. goes to, asks him for bribes. When he refuses, he is harassed, threatened, his house broken into, etc.
How the old couple, supported by Rohit's fiancee, struggle against the scary odds and come through it is the rest of the story."
My first reaction on seeing the movie was that I had never even heard of this movie in the general media before. While the most ludicrous of so-called 'action' and 'comedy' movies are hyped to heaven, a topical, sensible, very well-made movie like "Dhoop" goes unnoticed. Why?