National Film Awards honour Lata Bhagwan Kare, the woman who ran Marathon barefoot to save her husband

The 65-year-old woman who hails from Baramati, Maharashtra first made headlines in the year 2013 when she ran the first marathon, barefoot and wearing a saree, at the age of 60.

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A couple of days ago, the National Film Awards were announced and a Marathi film Lata Bhagwan Kare bagged a place under the special mention category. The film is based on a 65-year-old woman who took part in and won an exclusive marathon. Her exceptional journey was made into a Marathi movie which was released in 2020. Helmed by director Naveen Deshboina, the movie is one-of-a-kind, as Lata plays her character.

The 65-year-old woman who hails from Baramati, Maharashtra first made headlines in the year 2013 when she ran the first marathon, barefoot and wearing a saree, at the age of 60. The race was her final chance of arranging Rs 5,000. It was the sum she needed to pay for the MRI scan for her husband’s cardiovascular problem.

During the race, Lata stepped on pointy rocks, burned her feet on the road and her navari (nine-yard) saree obstructed free running. But nothing mattered to her, as her goal was to only win the marathon. Later, doctors were able to identify her husband’s issue and prescribed medicines to keep heart inflammation in control. 

Back in 2013, Bhagwan suffered a heart attack. It left him with unbearable chest pain. Later doctors asked for an MRI scan and a few other tests, which cost Rs 5,000. Lata asked for help from neighbours and villagers but she received no help. Meanwhile, Bhagwan’s health started deteriorating further.

Then she overheard a student chatting about a senior citizen marathon and the winning price. Without much thinking, Lata decided to take part in the race and win it!

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