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68 Pages (2007)

Coming from a country like India that is still in denial, where being HIV+ is still a curse, '68 Pages' rips open the underbelly of its society to reveal how it stigmatizes and shuns those ... See full summary »

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Uday Sonawane ...
Umesh / Umrao
Abhay Kulkarni ...
Nathu
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Ajai Rohilla ...
Shetty
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Coming from a country like India that is still in denial, where being HIV+ is still a curse, '68 Pages' rips open the underbelly of its society to reveal how it stigmatizes and shuns those who are HIV+ or even those who just want to be what they are. Through 68 Pages of a counselors diary, we see the stories of Paayal, a sex worker; Nishit, an ID user; Kiran, a gay man and Umrao, a transsexual bar dancer - their stories of pain and fear, humiliation and rejection - not only by the society, but even by their loved ones. While these stories expose the shallowness of the system, it also offers hope and healing by trying to bring about a better understanding of their fight to live with dignity. The film is a tribute to the human spirit of optimism and survival. Written by Anonymous

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Sensitive and touching portrayal - Public Opinions
25 December 2007 | by (India) – See all my reviews

PUBLIC VOICES (Audience reactions from the couple of previews held in Mumbai, India)

"The film is a sensitive and touching portrayal of marginalized communities." ~ Dr. Rajeev Jerajani, psychiatrist

"I screen hundreds of films in this preview theater but hardly watch them. Today, I just started watching and saw the entire film and had tears in my eyes." ~ Projectionist, Star preview theater, Mumbai

"Your film is a slap on the face of society." ~ Gitanjali Dhulekar, a viewer

"Never realized people like Umrao exist in society. Umrao's character is amazing." ~ Avinash Mehto, Head of Avi Creations, an edit set-up

"This film has inspired me and I want to become a counselor." ~ Umang Sheth, a viewer

"For the first time, there's a film that recognizes the efforts of counselors." ~ Kalpita Patil-Lanjekar, a counselor

"In one stroke, you have made counselors more important than doctors and destroyed the myth that only doctors can help" ~ Dr. Maninder Setia, Ph.D. student at McGill University, Montreal

"The discrimination shown in the film is so real. We have seen it all and lived it all." ~ Dr. Hemangi Jerajani, HOD, Skin and Dermatology, LTMG Hospital, Mumbai

"A sensitive portrayal of a real-life counselor and a true profile of a TISS student." ~ Brinelle D'Souza, professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

"Extremely touching and sensitive, the film deals with issues of HIV positive people in a real manner." ~ Rita Sonawat, HOD, Human Development, SNDT University, Mumbai

"It should be made mandatory viewing for all youth in the country." ~ a student of SNDT University

"There are many times when I have gone home from work and cried for the pain of my counselees. And this film reflects my feelings." ~ Rajashree, a counselor

"It is an eye-opener to the kind of good work being done with HIV positive people." ~ Rekha Shah, a viewer

"Four years of my life flashed in front of my eyes. I thought I was reliving my life at Humsafar once again." ~ Vrushali Deshmukh, ex-counseling head at The Humsafar Trust, Mumbai, the woman on whose experiences the film is based


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