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‘Dreadful Fate' creates ripples

M. L. Melly Maitreyi
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Dulam Satyanarayana's film gives an insight of people afflicted with fluorosis

Spreading awareness: Documentary film maker Dulam Satyanarayana with a fluorosis afflicted woman.
Spreading awareness: Documentary film maker Dulam Satyanarayana with a fluorosis afflicted woman.

A documentary film maker hailing from Adilabad has done the State proud. He not only made a film worthy of international recognition but also focused on a poignant malady afflicting several regions in the State and outside – the dreaded fluorosis.

Dulam Satyanarayana, a 25-year-old self-trained documentary film maker, tuned towards socially relevant issues to spread awareness for facilitating a solution, hopes his documentary impacts people as well as policy makers.

His 20-minute short film ‘Dreadful Fate' is an insight into the heart rending lives of people afflicted with fluorosis, a painful disease caused by consumption of drinking water laden with high level of fluoride in endemic areas. “Water is life but what if the same turns to poison”, questions the film.

The film made in 2010 has been screened in several international film festivals in India and Atlanta in the US and picked up a special jury award at Nashik International Film Festival 2011. It has now been invited for screening in the Third International Health Film Festival under category of short length film competition ‘Ipprocratis' to be held in Athens from September 6 to 11.

The victims and their families suffer physically, mentally and socially and the film brings out the distinct relation between poverty, illiteracy and fluorosis. While the safe drinking water becomes an issue for every election, things have not changed for fluoride-hit villages in the State for decades.

Satyanarayana chose the theme for his documentary after he read a series of articles during 2009 elections on the fluoride hit villages in Nalgonda.

“The agony can be ended for the hapless with provision of potable drinking water and awareness about diet rich in calcium to counter the degeneration of bones,” says Satyanarayana, who gathered data about fluorosis through online research and interaction with experts like Dr. D.Raja Reddy, former Director, NIMS.

“I plan to dub the short film in Telugu and screen it in various villages through members of National Alliance of People's Movement and other interested groups to create awareness among people.

The fluorosis is a problem persisting in 20 States in the country and 25 countries across the world. If the documentary serves its purpose, it will be the biggest award for me,” says Satyanarayana.


  • “Water is life but what if the same turns to poison”, questions the film
  • Things have not changed for fluoride-hit villages in the State for decades


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