Actor-Director Nagesh Kukunoor was felicitated on Friday evening by noted film maker Shyam Benegal on behalf of Able, Disable All People Together (ADAPT) for the award he won for his recent film Lakshmi. The function was held at ADAPT's National Resource Centre for Inclusion. The film has won an award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in California, USA.
Lakshmi, directed by Nagesh Kukunoor who is the brand ambassador for ADAPT at the Mumbai Marathon, deals with the harsh realities of human trafficking and child prostitution, which continue behind closed curtains in rural areas of India. Speaking to NDTV, Kukunoor said, "ADAPT is actually a part of my family and it's very nice of them to felicitate me for having won the at the Palm Spring Film Festival . So it was a very nice occasion to celebrate it my family here."
Noted Director Shyam Benegal added, "There are 100 million disabled people in this country. They can become the useful members of the society if they get the right kind of opportunities. I am associated with this organisation for some time. I have seen it grow over the last 30 years and do an extraordinary job."
The evening also saw the inauguration of the annual 'I Can' Exhibition of ADAPT which showcases the talent of disabled children. Noted gastro-intestinal surgeon Dr Samiran Nundy and Dr Farokh Udwadia (who pioneered critical care in India particularly intensive respiratory care) and are part of ADAPT's Institutional Review Board inaugurated the exhibition. Dr Nundy told NDTV, "I believe that anything that you do has to be examined carefully. You have to know what is already known about the subject. Then you must do an intervention about how can you improve the situation and then you get results. How do your results compare with what other people have found and how are they specific for India."
Dr. Mithu Alur, Founder-Chairperson of ADAPT told NDTV, "The children have done a lot of work in the painting and the art and craft and pottery. And you also saw the drama and their dancing and their music and this is the very first time that all these extra-curricular activities has been added to their lives to really enhance their feelings of self-esteem and self-confidence."
The evening also saw some lovely performances from the children at ADAPT which left the gathered audience spell bound.