Film on female foeticide by Oz-based doctors to be released next month

As a neonatologist, Australia-based Dr Sanjay Patole has been a part of the highs and lows associated with child birth. The one thing he has learnt over the years is that a child is the most precious gift for all parents. "It is this experience that made it all the more difficult for me to come to terms with the issue of growing number of female foeticide cases in India," says Dr Patole, who along with Dr Ajay Rane, an obstetrician also based in Australia, is ready with a Hindi film, Riwayat, which deals with the burning issue.

Dr Patole is associated with KEM Hospital for Women at Perth. He is also the HoD of neonatal paediatrics and professor of neonatology at the University of Western Australia. Dr Rane is a renowned urogynaecologist and founding professor in obstetrics and gynaecology at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia.

It was around three years ago that the two hit upon the idea of a film in Australia. Though Patole wanted to make a Marathi film, Rane convinced him to go ahead with a Hindi film. "Films are a powerful medium for making a statement. As the issue is pertinent across India, the film had to be made in Hindi to reach a wider audience," says Patole, who wrote the film's story and screenplay with his brother Ajay Patole.

The film, that hits the theatres on September 7, is directed by Marathi actor-director Vijay Patkar, who has essayed comic roles in Bollywood films like Apna Sapna Money Money, Tees Maar Khan, Golmaal 3 and Singham.

The film has already bagged accolades including Special Jury Award at Monaco Chairty Film Festival (Paris), Award for Excellence, The Accolade Competition (California, USA) Prix Special Du Jury Culture and Cultures at Internatioanl Film Festival (France), Best Supporting Actress at Maverick Movie Awards, Hollywood (USA) and the Best Upcoming Film at Third Jaipur International Film Festival. Riwayat got 12 nominations at the Maverick Movie Awards.

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