In the first season of Anand Neotia, actor Amitabh Bachchan loses his mannerisms and baritone to play a determined football coach who utilizes the beautiful game to improve the lives of slum children.

Jhund takes us beyond the “wall of social divide” to a ghetto where life is a struggle for survival. Inspired by the real-life story of a football coach named Vijay Barse who raised impoverished kids through sports and established the idea of slum soccer, Nagraj has used his lived Dalit experience to make a sincere statement on the importance of bridging social gaps without resorting to sugar coating.

Although it is not as wholesome as Fandry and Sairat, the social drama Deshdrohi deserves to be seen for its gritty realism and ability to stare into the maw of a decaying social problem.

In reality, the actual problem in the film is staring. When an upper-caste boy looks at a Dalit in his area, it is interpreted as an inquiry into his existence; but when a Dalit gazes back on a well-endowed man in his place, it is seen as an affront for acknowledging him.

In commercial cinema, Dalit characters are whipped to elicit feelings in the favor of the upper-caste or casteless saviour for poetic justice. The closeness between them is frequently as much as a politician having dinner with a Dalit during election season.

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