They call me Chamar

“They Call Me Chamar” was based on a newspaper report about a Brahmin man who was ostracised from his community for having married a Harijan girl. He was driven to living in the settlement of the Chamars, who lived by skinning dead animals. Vultures peck at dead carcasses as the film maker approaches the Chamar colony to meet the protagonists. Lalvani lets the couple relate their story, marking a powerful indictment of a cruel social system.