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No Role Models?

When did you last lament about no role models in India beyond those cardboard heroes from the film world? Here’s a story that you perhaps missed. Shyam Benegal was offered by the Vedanta group who have been behind the major mining disasters in central and eastern India. He said yes to making the Creating Happiness campaign. He then got an open letter from a vigilant activist who was prompted to write after reading of Benegal’s yes in print. Shyam took an instant call. He turned down the offer. What’s more, when he got to hearing of another counterculture organisation wanting to make a film on Faking Happiness, he volunteered to make it for them! That’s a role model — and from the film industry.

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