by Geeta Sahai
The film is about Changemaker-Kavita Kumar who is largely making use of music therapy to make mentally challenged children independent and self-reliant. Her own daughter is mentally challenged and that has been a reason enough for her to think differently. The film captures her vision, life and thoughts on why and how she is bringing about a change in society’s perspective.
The film captures her thoughts in an autobiographical way. She narrates her own story of how she worked hard on her daughter to make her a singing sensation, winning accolades and national award. She abandoned her career in education to fulfill the needs of her mentally challenged daughter. The film captures her vision of making every Special child bloom—“I believe that every special child has talent…” Believing in this, today, she has opened her own Foundation (Dhoon Foundation), where she is not only making Special children to dream and aspire for the sky but is also educating parents to cope with the needs of their mentally challenged child and boldly accept the reality without being ashamed of it—“Parents hide and never accept that their child is a special child,” she says regretfully. With all this she has a special corner for mentally challenged girl child. The film depicts the fear of mentally challenged girls’ parents-‘What will happen to our daughter, after us?’ As an answer to this question Kavita Kumar formed a trust where parents of the special girl child are the members, promising to look after the welfare of each other’s daughters. She has donated her own house for this cause and plans to convert a portion of the house into a ‘home’ for mentally challenged girls.
This short documentary film is a story of a woman, who despite all odds—having lost her husband and having no financial aid from any quarter—is determined to make every SPECIAL child bloom and be self-reliant.