Aparna Verma, who has been married to a traveling salesman Suresh for several years, is now pregnant. After she completes some medical tests, she is asked to come see the doctor along with ... See full summary »

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Aparna Suresh Verma
Rajit Kapoor ...
George (as Rajit Kapur)
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Dr. Machado
Renuka Shahane ...
Rita
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Arundathi Nag ...
Aparna's mom
Ajit Hande
Yash Joshi
Harish Raju
Anuradha Rao
Tanaya Joshi
C.K. Babu
Gargi Vegiraju
Ramakrishna
Nanda Kumar
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Aparna Verma, who has been married to a traveling salesman Suresh for several years, is now pregnant. After she completes some medical tests, she is asked to come see the doctor along with her husband. Suresh refuses to go, Aparna goes alone and this is where she receives the news that she has aids and must abort the child. Aparna subsequently learns that Suresh has been having unprotected sex with other women, had acquired aids, and passed it on to her. She confers with her mother, finds out about a rehabilitation house called "Jivan Jyoti", and goes there to volunteer without telling anyone about her condition. She meets with Dr. Machado, who informs her that he is aware of her condition but promises not to tell anyone else. Now divorced, Aparna feels herself getting attracted to another worker, George. But the knowledge of her being HIV positive restrains her from getting too friendly with him. Watch what happens when George finds out that Aparna has aids and is not expected to ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Good story and direction
22 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of those sweet movies which, at the same time, also provoke you to think. The central theme of the movie is around an AIDS center which takes care of afflicted children and adults. It talks about living in the moment, in the present, today rather than worry about 'the might have beens' or the future. The story is told very poignantly without being melodramatic or overtly emotional at any point. The acting from Nandita Das and Rajit Kapoor is first rate. Anupam Kher is OK - I don't think he gets into the skin of the character at all. I personally feel a Boman Irani or a Naseeruddin Shah might have done more justice to the character. Renuka Shahane is great in a cameo appearance.

The only reason I am going to give it a lowly 6 is because of the poor music and the over-acting by the children (seems so '70s ish). The editing also could have been better as the scene transitions seem a little abrupt at times. Overall, the director seems to have good intentions and save for the few technical flaws, is definitely watchable.


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