Happy World AIDs Day!!!

I just got an email from Howard Brown reminding me (donate to them!  They do good stuff), and I thought it might be interesting to look at the few times Indian film as acknowledged the AIDs epidemic in the country.  It’s about the same amount as American pop culture has acknowledged it, but more musical!

One thing I find really helpful about these movies and learning about India, for me, is the reminder that AIDs isn’t necessarily a “gay” disease.  It hasn’t been one in America for a long time really, although of course that is the community that was hit first and hardest for a long time.  And in India, it is more about sex workers and spreading that way.

It’s a good reminder because, first, it helps in prevention if everyone is aware that it can strike anyone.  And secondly, because it tells us that it really is random and coincidental, no one “deserves” this disease.

Anyway, songs!  I LOVE Kaminey.  And one of the things I love about it is that the only real true dance sequence in the film is an HIV prevention song!

 

Besides that song, Kaminey doesn’t really make a plot point of it.  But Phir Milenge made a whole movie about HIV!  And got big big names to be involved in it!  That’s remarkable, I don’t know why it isn’t talked about more.  Like, as a groundbreaking movie.

 

And then there’s Breakthrough, the not-for-profit in charge of making me cry.  Not really, they do a lot of really wonderful work, one part of which is creating these amazing videos about issues, that connect not on an intellectual but on an emotional level.  Like this one, which has a side effect of reminding us that AIDs can affect even the “innocent” people, that there is a responsibility to protect your loved ones for your potential infection, and that life can go on even after diagnosis.

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2 thoughts on “Happy World AIDs Day!!!

  1. Are you aware of “My Brother Nikhil”, the first film by director Onir? It’s about a man dying of AIDS. I believe he is gay (as is Onir — that was part of the issues he wanted to bring up), but the story is told through the eyes of the man’s sister (Juhi Chawla) discovering the truth about her brother and supporting him in his struggle. I doubt it would have any songs, though, as it is more of an “art” movie. Still, you can check. I can’t remember if it came out before or after Phir MIlenge.

    Phir Milenge (remake of Philadelphia), flopped at the box office (this was the movie Salman was talking about when he said “Not even a dog came to see it”, not Guzaarish). The only “big name” associated with it was Salman. Shilpa Shetty was still semi-relevant at that stage, and she did an amazing job in the lead role. Abhishek Bacchan was still trying to establish himself. Regardless, they all did their roles for free, because of the subject matter. Salman had the additional incentive of wanting to help out the director Revathy, with whom he co-starred in Love (btw, Salman has said many times that Love is his favorite movie of his, and he doesn’t know why it didn’t do better at the box office). Have you seen Phir Milenge, or just the songs?

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