“Sare jahan se acha” is a story of a little girl who has a little secret stored inside her little heart, a secret that breaks her heart into a million pieces when she thinks about it. The movie uses Iqbal’s famous tarana-e-hind to showcase the ground reality of a nation called great by many. The little girl’s trauma is used as a background to explain the deplorable condition our nation is in. It addresses the issue of child abuse in a subtle manner, just giving a glimpse of what it feels to be robbed of one’s honor and dignity at a tender age. Also, it focuses on the issue of mental health of children who get abused sexually and have no one to share it with. This movie is a window for the little give to show to the viewers what millions of girls and boys go through in their childhood and don’t get the help and support they need.
The story also reflects on how contradictory our teaching in school is to the actual condition of our nation. This movie is an effort to give voice to hundreds of children who suffer during their childhood but whose story remains unheard and unvalued. This story is a glimpse into a disturbed childhood and how it questions the very nature of the future of our beloved nation.
Directed by Gurprasad Singh (India)