Are Bollywood films “diseased”?
It appears so. No, the films are not diseased as such in this context, but Bollywood is making films where the main characters suffer from one disease or the other. The makers of such films are judiciously merging the themes with the overall entertainment value of the film. At the same time such films are creating awareness among the audience about such diseases as depicted in those films.
The film “Black” directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali revolves around a blind, deaf and mute girl played by Rani Mukherjee and her relationship with her teacher Amitabh Bachchan who himself later develops Alzheimer’s disease.
In “Ghajini” a rich businessman played by Aamir Khan develops anterograde amnesia, a selective memory deficit resulting from brain injury.
In “Taare Zameen Par” producer-director-actor Aamir Khan had created a huge impact by portraying the problems of dyslexic children.
In Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s forthcoming film “Guzaarish,” Hrithik Roshan is potrayed as suffering from paraplegia, a complete paralysis of the lower half of the body including both legs, usually caused by damage to the spinal cord.
In R Balki’s “Paa” releasing this week, Amitabh Bachchan plays a child affected with Progeria a rare genetic disorder where a child ages three times faster than normal.
In Karan Johar’s upcoming film “My Name is Khan,” Shah Rukh Khan plays the role of a character who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome where the vivtim has difficulty interacting socially.
According Doctors and Medical Counsellors, the film celebrity touch to such diseases not only makes people aware of them, but helping the families of the victims to deal with them more sensitively.