While there are still taboos around HIV/AIDS in some parts of the world, films have attempted to dispel the stigma associated with the condition.
Last Updated: 03.11 AM, Dec 01, 2022
On December 1, people all across the world observe World Aids Day to raise awareness of the signs, causes, and preventative measures of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which has claimed an unprecedented number of lives. While there are still taboos around HIV/AIDS in some parts of the world, films have attempted to dispel the stigma associated with the condition.
Let's take a look at some Bollywood movies that have helped spread the word about AIDS and HIV over the years.
Anthology Dus Kahaniyaan consists of ten short films from six different directors. AIDS is a central theme in one of Sanjay Gupta's movies, Zahir. Manoj Bajpayee and Dia Mirza both appear in the movie. The short film chronicles the friendship between Sia (Dia) and Sahil, a new neighbour (Manoj). Sahil makes moves toward intimacy after the two become friends, but Sia rejects his requests. He discovers Sia's job as a bar dancer one evening while out with his pals. She tries to talk to him when he comes to her apartment angry and drunk, but he ends up raping her. Eventually, it was discovered that Sia had AIDS.
Onir's 2005 film My Brother... Nikhil is one of the best Bollywood films about HIV/AIDS to date. Nikhil Kapoor, a swimming champion, is the focus of the movie. His diagnosis of HIV causes his life to fall apart. During this time, his sister Anamika (Juhi Chawla) was the only person who supported him. The movie also touches on gay relationships.
Nidaan, directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, told the tale of a teenage girl who gets the illness after receiving blood transfusions. After learning of her condition, the family makes an effort to make the most of their remaining time with her. It came out in 2000. The actors in the movie were Shivaji Satam, Sunil Barve, and Reema Lagoo.
Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty played key roles in the 2003 film Phir Milenge. Additionally, Abhishek Bachchan had a significant role. The movie, which was based on the Tom Hanks film Philadelphia, was about a worker who is wrongfully fired after learning that she has HIV. The movie was helmed by Revathy.
Positive, a film directed by Farhan Akhtar, tells the tale of a man who discovers that his father had the virus many years prior. With not much time left, he must decide whether to console his dying father and forgive him for cheating on his mother. Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, and Arjun Mathur play the key roles in the cast of the movie.