- 'There Will
Be Tomorrow'- a film aimed
at raising awareness about HIV
- Director Bhushan Gaur provides
hope for HIV patients
- 'Two million
people are infected with HIV and they're not aware about it' - Bhushan Gaur
A film by director Bhushan Gaur titled "There will be tomorrow" hopes to break the shackles surrounding HIV
and liberate people affected by the disease, instilling in them hope and a sense of purpose.
- 2006 National AIDS Control
Organization (NACO) showed a decline in HIV numbers in states like Tamil
Nadu but an increase in prevalence in certain Northern and North-Eastern
- In 2013, according to NACO, the
adult prevalence of HIV (in %) in TamilNadu was 0.28 and in Maharashtra
0.42 while in Nagaland it was 0.73 and in Manipur 1.22.
"There are 36.9
million people living with HIV globally, 17.1 do not know they have the virus.
The HIV epidemic not only affects the health of individuals, it impacts
households, communities, and the development and economic growth of nations.
Science has given many hopes to the HIV patients. One of them is they can have
uninfected babies." - Director Bhushan Gaur
‘'Two million people are infected with HIV and they're not aware about it' - Bhushan Gaur’
- There are 3 main routes of transmission
- Unprotected sexual intercourse
- Use of infected syringes
- Blood transfusions
- HIV testing can be carried out using blood sample or a sample of oral fluid
- Window period is the time period between exposure to the virus and before detectable presence of HIV in the blood.
in medical science have provided better medicines and supportive therapy for
HIV patients, however, HIV/AIDS is one of the most dreaded diseases in the
world, owing to the stigma associated with the disease and the severity of the
disease. There are many prejudices that abound for people with HIV which are
far more disruptive and crippling to the affected individual than the disease
Prevalence Is High Among Men Who Have Intercourse With Men And People Who Are
Injecting Drug Users"
is highest among men who have intercourse with men and among people who are
injecting drug users. The stigma associated with such people could be stigma
that is targeted against their 'different' behavior, deeming it 'unnatural' or
HIV Are Often Pictured In Movies As 'Dying' Or Someone Who Should Not Touch
People with HIV,
especially in movies, are often depicted as people who are dying or people who
should not be touched. This reinforces the misconception that people with HIV
need to be isolated from the society. The affected individual is often the
'sinner' who brought it on himself through his careless ways.
This latest film
by Bhushan Gaur will hopefully break these myths
and misconceptions, allowing people with HIV to lead a more respectable life.
This is not the first assignment for Bhushan, who has worked on many films and
documentaries over the past 10 years and is armed with a period of study at the
New York Film Institute.
The film delves
into the life of the protagonist Adam, who is shocked by the news of his HIV
status but is unable to disclose the same to his beautiful wife Annie. The film
revolves around their lives and the delicate relationships that are jolted,
bringing in a fresh perspective and, most importantly, a feeling of hope.
We had a
tete-a-tete with director Bhushan Gaur about his views on people affected with
HIV, what the movie hopes to achieve and more, excerpts of which are detailed
Q. What prompted you to make a movie like 'there will be tomorrow' was it a real life personal incident that you witnessed or was it something you read about?
small inspiration drawn from a news story actually. The movie is made up of
real life incidences of several families affected with HIV. The story is a
result of an intensive research conducted over a year and half. Many doctors
and researchers were consulted before, during and in post production of the
movie. Many organizations came forward to help for the cause."
Q. What is the major reason for stigma towards HIV patients in India, is it because it is considered incurable or is it because its transmitted through illegal sex?
"The stigma is because of unawareness and myths. HIV is not just a sexually transmitted disease
. There has been so much wrong information about HIV among people, that they do not accept that they can have this disease. Many people are yet to know that there is treatment for it. Thanks to the hard work of scientists, HIV is just like any other chronic disease. If right medicines are taken under right medical guidance one can actually lead a very normal life. And can even produce uninfected babies."
Q. Will a home kit for AIDS like a pregnancy kit help in more people being aware of their illness and taking precautionary measures?
"Absolutely not. HIV patients need guidance. The doctors are
trained to behave with the patients in certain ways. They suggest you many
support groups. Besides the information is kept strictly confidential. So one
should stop the inhibitions about getting oneself tested at a proper diagnostic
center or a clinic."
Q. When there is a risk of progeny being affected, is it worth it to try for a child instead of adopting? When there are so many orphaned children in India looking for good homes?
"It's a very interesting question. Child adoption is good for just
anyone not just for HIV patients. But the urge to have your own baby is as
basic need as anything else. Secondly there is no risk at all of the baby
getting affected if the child is conceived under medical guidance. This is
exactly what my film is talking about. Hope it inspires people affected by HIV
to be more and more hopeful towards life."
Q. Are HIV numbers under reported in India?
"Yes! Not just in India but worldwide, the statistics isn't very
comprehensive yet because there haven't been enough information on HIV/AIDS.
People don't freely talk about their medical conditions. Two million people
world wide have this deadly virus in them but they aren't aware of it. I wish
more and more film makers come forward to make the society aware of conditions
and diseases like this."
Q. Is the movie made to create hope among HIV patients or is it an awareness campaign for caregivers?
"I wouldn't be unhappy if it does both the things. The film talks
about the hopes but it most certainly talks about the importance of emotional
healing in any treatment that is needed much more than the medicines."
Q. Why are people so scared of HIV patients when there are other infections that are far more infectious?
"Firstly HIV has a bad name because of it being considered a sexually transmitted disease. Now people are more aware. HIV is like an accident that can happen to anyone anywhere through various ways. Sure there are diseases like Ebola
and the like which are more scary but people are lesser informed about them. Need of the hour is huge awareness generation.
Talking to your
near and dear ones really help and 'There Will Be Tomorrow' speaks about it."
Q. When most people feel that they will not get HIV/AIDS, what kind of a reception do you expect for your movie?
"I hope and pray nobody gets HIV/AIDS, it's the scariest thing that can happen to anyone. But HIV can happen during blood transfusion
, at a tattoo shop, at a fish spa, at a dentist's clinic or while kissing someone who has the virus and has gum problem. There are numerous ways one can get this bad virus.
Film needs to be
shown to anyone and everyone across the globe. I want to put it on multiple
media channels for it to be well received by everyone"
promises to be interesting and with a message that people with HIV can hope to
have children without worrying about them becoming infected. This would give
them a purpose and will aid in HIV-infected people treading a more normal path.
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