December 3, 2004
I saw Phir Milenghe (read: We’ll meet again) on December 1st. December 1st is World Aids Day.
Phir Milenghe, a Hindi Movie adapted from the English movie,Philadelphia, is the story of a highly paid ad executive (a woman in this case) of a creative agency who is fired from her job when her boss learns that she is diagnosed HIV-positive. Tom Hanks’s Oscar winning performance cannot be compared with that of Shilpa Shetty’s. But I liked the movie. Phir Milenghe was released in 2004 while Philadelphia was released in 1993. As one would expect, this movie did not perform well at the box office and was telecasted on Sahara within a couple of months. AIDS is still such a taboo topic and is not spoken about openly. There was very good dialogue in the movie that said, “when you don’t talk about it, you promote ignorance.” This is true and we believe in the saying “Ignorance is bliss”. I imagine most of us believe in the misconception that being HIV-positive means the same as having AIDS, which is not true.
Well, anyways, the purpose of writing this post was, it troubled me knowing that people didn’t like this movie but they like movies such as Hum Tum (read: we and you). Yes, it is a personal choice and perhaps they offer the kind of entertainment the masses look for but don’t that doesn’t mean you demote meaningful movies either.
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