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Sunday, November 8, 2009
Bollywood film on Alzheimer’s disease announced 2009
Director Brahmanand Singh’s debut film on Alzheimer’s disease will star Naseeruddin Shah. He has earlier in 90's directed India's first documentary on Alzheimer's 'Burden of Love' .
Brahmanand Singh is a risk taker. Tell him that, and he says, “I take it as a compliment.” He’s chosen an offbeat, rather unpalatable subject as the backdrop of his debut film, Surmayee Shaam, which mounts the sets in February. It will deal with Alzheimer’s disease.
In Surmayee..., Naseeruddin Shah plays an Alzheimer’s patient, while Mahie Gill plays his daughter-in-law. Brahmanand has finalised an actor for the role of Naseer’s son and the search for the film’s child artistes is on. Brahmanand hopes he’ll discover another Darsheel Safary on this hunt.
The film, says Brahmanand, isn’t just about the disease, but about human relationships. Naseeruddin is an achiever in the film, an archaeologist who’s lived life king-size. “It’s almost ironic as an archaeologist is a custodian of memory. He shares a very strange relationship with his daughter-in-law, who relates to him. Mahie plays a confident mother of two, who designs out of home. But her husband lives in his father’s shadow and in the complex of being a non-entity. So, I’m concentrating more on the familial drama than the disease,” states Brahmanand.
In recent years, only Black and U, Me Aur Hum depicted glimpses of the illness. “Black, unfortunately, just showed Amitabh Bachchan walking up and down the corridor. As for U, Me Aur Hum, no 25-year-old gets Alzheimer’s; they might just detect the symptoms and take the required preventative measures. I’ll ensure I don’t make a U, Me Aur Hum. I, however, need to show everything in a shorter span of time,” he maintains.
The film will end on a positive note. “It’s about the highs of life, despite Alzheimer’s. It does show the toll Alzheimer’s takes on the family,” shares Brahmanand.
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