Whenever we heard about someone having AIDS we often get goosebumps. Did you know some 35 million people currently have HIV, and AIDS has killed around 40 million people since it began spreading 30 years ago. AIDS is an advanced form of HIV. AIDS still remains a taboo in various parts of the world, including India. But our film industry sees it through some other spectrum. It made some movies based on AIDS to spread awareness about this deadly disease. Take a look at the 5 movies based on AIDS, having interesting stories make them a must watch film.
1) Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
The film tells the story of Ron Woodroof, an AIDS patient diagnosed in the mid-1980s when HIV/AIDS treatments were under-researched, while the disease was not understood and highly stigmatized. This is a beautiful story that puts lights on the kind of stigma people suffering from AIDS and transsexuals have to face.
2) My Brother…Nikhil (2005)
My Brother…Nikhil made a mark in Bollywood at the time when there had been no movie made on HIV/AIDS as well as topics like homosexuality. The movie portrays the life of the protagonist, Nikhil, from 1987 to 1994, when AIDS awareness in India was considerably low.
3) Philadelphia (1993)
One of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia.
4) Phir Milenge (2004)
Although the film was a flop at the box office but the performances were applauded and later when it came on TV it was appreciated by the audience. It is the first ‘mainstream’ movie in India based on AIDS, this movie also starred Shilpa Shetty and Abhishek Bachchan apart from Salman. The movie was, in fact inspired by Philadelphia, as Abhishek Bachchan’s character in the movie fights a case for Shilpa Shetty’s character in court after Shetty’s character loses her job.
5) Parting Glances (1984)
Many film critics consider it an important film in the history of gay cinema. It was also one of the first American films to address the AIDS pandemic. The story revolves around a gay male couple, Robert and Michael, in their late 20s, living in New York City.