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Ek Doctor ki Maut

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What happens when mediocrity is encourages and merit is trampled upon? What happens when you work hard and do not get the recognition? What happens when instead of supporting good work, the system pulls down people who do good and hard work? I think and believe that we have all the answers to the above questions immaterial of wherever we work. A 1990 award winning film tries to address these various questions in a researcher's life. What is important in the system - is it discovery, originality or contacts with the right people. 'Ek Doctor ki Maut' (1990), directed by Tapan Sinha with brilliant actors like Pankaj Kapur, Shabana Azmi and Irfan Khan (yes he is there in the movie!) is the prototype of our Indian system of curbing talent and intellect at the cost of sycophancy, nepotism and bureaucracy. The story of an eccentric, but passionate and hard working scientist, Dr. Roy (Kapur) who is tirelessly and painstakingly working to find a cure for leprosy, the movie is a fl…