Times of India:
Indore-based couple dub movies into sign language for deaf and dumb
Kundan Pandey, TNN | May 27, 2012, 01.54AM IST
INDORE: Bringing changes in the life of disabled and giving them a confidence to live them as any normal person is certainly not an easy thing. A city-based couple determined to take up a task for the deaf and dumb: dubbing Bollywood movies into sign language so that they can watch them without anybody’s help.
Gyanendra Purohit and Monika Purohit are out on a mission fighting for the dignity of the deaf and dumb and have resolved to add colour to their life through entertainment route, so as to make them feel that they are part of the society. The couple with the help of Indore police has dubbed a few Hindi blockbusters including Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra starrer Sholay, Sanjay Dutt’s Munna Bhai MBBS, Amir Khan’s Tare Zamin Par and Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi. “And the latest in the queue is Three Idiots,” said Purohits.
Moved by Amir Khan’s latest TV programme on burning social issues, ‘Satyamev Jayate’, the Purohits have decided to dub the programme into sign language so that the deaf and dumb would benefit from it. They are ready to do it free-of-cost for the show and now waiting for the response, said Gyanendra. He said all these movies could be found at MP Deaf and Dumb Police Assistant Centre run by Indore police in collaboration with Anand Service Society. The society works for the welfare of deaf and dumb.
About the challenges coming on their way during the dubbing of a movie, he said that creative part is the biggest challenge as they have to prepare the movies for those who have not taken any formal class of sign language. “The Indore police help financially,” he said.
About the source of inspiration, Monika said that Gyanendra’s brother Anand was a deaf and dumb and he died mysteriously in a train accident. At that time, Gyanendra was pursuing his CA course. He left the study and devoted his time for the disabled. Gyanendra said that his family received an appointment letter from a public sector bank after one month of the death of his brother, and termed it as heart-breaking.
When ToI contacted a deaf and dumb, Pawan Pandey, a resident of Sagar, has seen the movies in sign language. He said that earlier he was taking the help of his family members but often he found it annoyed them. Now he can enjoy these movies without the help of any one, Pawan said.
A resident of Khandwa, Anil Patel said that he was feeling boredom while watching movies as he was unable to understand it properly. Now, he enjoys like any normal person. He emphasised the dubbing of more movies.