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The past cannot be forgotten

Madhur Tankha
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Film-maker Ramesh Sippy (second from left) with the Director-General of Doordarshan, Tripurari Sharan (centre), and the cast of Buniyaad at Doordarshan Bhawan in New Delhi on Wednesday.Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
Film-maker Ramesh Sippy (second from left) with the Director-General of Doordarshan, Tripurari Sharan (centre), and the cast of Buniyaad at Doordarshan Bhawan in New Delhi on Wednesday.Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Twenty-seven years after his epoch-making serial struck a chord with viewers, veteran film-maker Ramesh Sippy has decided to re-air Buniyaad on the national broadcast beginning Thursday. He wants the younger generation to understand the trauma experienced by the victims of Partition and to avoid mistakes which could inflame communal discord.

Mr. Sippy, who was a victim himself , said making a TV show dealing with Partition and its aftermath was a natural corollary for him.

“I was only a few years old when my parents migrated from Pakistan in 1947. They left behind their material possessions and had to start their lives afresh in an unfamiliar place. But it was one country split into two by the diabolical British rulers. It is important the new generation relives the trauma of those turbulent days so that they learn lessons and not repeat those mistakes.”

If the show manages to capture more eyeballs then Mr. Sippy plans to remake it with a new cast. “Let us see the audience reaction before I make any new announcements. I am positive the viewers will relate to the story of Master Haveliram and his trials and tribulations.”

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