Union Leader paints a different picture of Vibrant Gujarat
Union Leaderis the first film venture of chemical engineer turned director Sanjay Patel. The movie is about the plight of factory workers that are forced to inhale poisonous fumes while discharging their responsibilities in chemical factories in India.
Kamdar Union changed to Union Leader
It is the story of an average factory worker Jay Vohil (Rahul Bhat) becoming a leader of the workers.It is vibrant Gujarat where the factory is located and where the workers spit blood due to exposure to a deadly chemical chromium sulphate.Jay is himself living in poverty but wants to give his family that includes wife and son a better life.
Jay searches for better work opportunities and finds that all the roads to success are closed by the corrupt system. A determined Jay decides to fight for the society instead for his family and in this way becomes a leader of his factor. But there are many obstacles to overcome before he can bring any positive change to the working conditions and lives of factory workers.
Chemical Engineer Sanjay Patel
Before becoming a director, Sanjay Patel worked for a factory in Gujarat. He was on the side of management but he felt the pain and suffering of the workers that work in inhuman conditions and compromise with their safety to earn a living for their families. Soon Sanjay Patel developed a soft corner for the poor laborers and decided to give them voice.
Bollywood is the best medium to highlight the plight of the workers as movies attract attention of the world audience. So he decided to make a movie on his work experience. The movie has his impression as it is the story of a chemical factory where deadly chemicals are used without providing any safety gears to the workers.
Awards & Recognitions
The award of Best Film in The Best Of Fest Category in 10th Colombia George International (Angaelica) Film Festival, USA goes to Union Leader. It was also nominated for the Best Filk award in 48th International Film Festival of India.
Union Leader First Look & Poster
It is a dark poster as it represents a dark movie but alsothere is light that gives hope. The poster wears a black look and it’s only Bhat’s face that gives light to the otherwise dark poster. The movie name is written in bright light to give hope to the factory workers the picture represents.
Why watch Union Leader?
It is a good start by Sanjay Patel who’s a chemical engineer by profession. It is his first movie as a writer/producer/director and he’s done a commendable job in first attempt. It isn’t a regular story as the subject is related to the pathetic working condition of factories.
Directed – Sanjay Patel
Produced – Sanjay Patel
Written – Sanjay Patel, John Winston Rainey
Starring – Rahul Bhat, Tillotama Shome
Production company – Dimlight Pictures
Running time – 105 Mins
Country – India, Canada
Language – Hindi