Documentary “Passport Man of India” on life of Dr. Dnyaneshwar Mulay

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Publicity still for the documentary film on Indian Foreign Service Officer Dr. Dnyaneshwar Mulay. Photo: provided by Producer & Director Dhananjay Bhawalekar.

The remarkable global journey of an Indian Foreign Service Officer Dr. Dnyaneshwar Mulay, member of India’s National Human Rights Commission, was earlier documented in the film ‘Gypsy’ which received  wide recognition in India and abroad.

Now there is a sequel which records his work after retirement. The upcoming documentary film entitled, “Passport Man of India… gypsy returns” is produced by Neha S. Anchan and Dr. S.V. Anchan, chairman of Safesea Group, co-sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services and directed by Dhananjay Bhawalekar.

The premiere of this film was held Saturday, April 30, 2022 in the Banquet Hall of New Maharashtra Sadan, Delhi. Along with Dr. Mulay, some of the many distinguished guests were Dr D.Y. Patil, former Governor of Bihar and Tripura, Chairperson of NHRC Justice Arun Mishra, Prince Abaji Rajah Bhonsale Maratha royal family of Thanjavur, Dr. S.V. Anchan, producer and chairman,  Safesea Group, Business Unit Head, Tata Consultancy Services, Tej Bhatla, Jagadeswara Rao Maddukuri founder and president Poland India Business Council and dignitaries from the Ministry of External Affairs and officers and employees from TCS Passport Seva Kendra.

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Film director Bhawalekar and the film crew members were also present.

This film is expected to be an inspiration not only to the youth who aspire to be administrative officers and diplomats, but also those wishing to serve in any field with passion and commitment, said the press release.

The journey of a village lad – Dnyanu—who became an Ambassador, was not an easy one for Dr. Dnyaneshwar Mulay . While serving as a diplomat he contributed immensely towards India’s nation building efforts – serving in positions like Secretary in the Ministry Of External Affairs, where he played a leading role in transforming the passport system by simplifying procedures and revolutionizing the accessibility, opening more than 400 new offices. People have honored him with the title, Passport Man of India to acknowledge his contribution.

After retirement, Dr. Mulay has been passionately involved in social transformation in the areas of education, health and village adoption programs. As the founder of Movement of  Positivity, Dr. Mulay has brought people from varied backgrounds on one platform “to create a social order that is based on creativity, constructive approach and compassion,” notes the press release. Dr. Mulay is the founder of REDIO organization which is an active support group of Rescuing Every Distressed Indian Overseas (REDIO).

He has contributed immensely in the field of literature in his mother tongue Marathi and other languages. His literary works have been acclaimed and are prescribed as textbooks in two state universities.

The documentary film “Passport Man of India … gypsy returns”  highlights contribution of a visionary man who made people-centric service his mission in life.

Synopsis of the film as provided:

The new techno age changed the face of the Indian passport. However, it was necessary to simplify, to ease, to digitalise and speed up the process. It was equally necessary to increase the reachability of the document for the common man. This was made possible by one man who did not limit the passport to a particular class.

After retirement from administrative services (IFS), as a National Human Rights Member he works tirelessly for the rights of the common man. As a social responsibility, he has initiated the ‘Movement of Positivity’. He has adopted two villages – Nilewadi & Bastawad from Maharashtra for rural development. For Rescuing Every Distressed Indian Overseas, he established REDIO organization. An officer, struggling consistently for the rights of the underprivileged is the core of the film. Passport Man of India reflects the noble contribution and steadfast efforts of Dr. Dnyaneshwar Mulay.

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