A brighter tomorrow for HIV
‘There will be Tomorrow’, a film by Bhushan Gaur, will be screened at the HIV Congress that will be attended by doctors and scientists from across the globe. Though a fictional film, it has been thoroughly researched to bring out factual details of the possibility of HIV victims having their own uninfected children. Bhushan shares more details
Theterm ‘HIV’ itself is faced with strong stigma in India and those diagnosed with it often find it difficult to be a part of a social set up. So the possibility of HIV positive people being able to give birth to uninfected babies is one not many consider. But it is this very possibility that caught the attention of Bhushan Gaur , who went on to direct the 30 - minute film, ‘There will be Tomorrow’ , which will be screened today at the HIV Congress in Goa . At the event, the cast and crew of the film will be felicitated by the Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha , and the HIV Congress for its contribution to society.
T he son of an army officer, Bhushan Gaur had to move a lot while growing up. He speaks five Indian languages fluently other than Hindi and English. An alumni of the New York Film Academy, he started his directorial journey making fashion films and later moved to directing a series of documentaries with ‘There will be Tomorrow’ being his first fiction film. “I started working on the conceptuali s ation the story in October 2014 after I read a story by a journalist about the need to educate people about the possibility of HIV victims having their own uninfected babies. I realised that the film had to be prompt and factual , with authentication from different prominent bodies about this socially provoking story,” says Bhushan.
The cast of the film comprises Sahil Salathia, Nimisha Mehta, Shishir Sharma, Mangal Kenkre and Priti Mamgai in the lead roles. “The film deals with how HIV Is a stigma and people hardly talk about it openly and it goes undetected for years. The story revolves around a young couple and how the husband finds out he is HIV positive when he has to do his medical check up. Though fiction, the story is inspired by true lives and drama is added to make the message more relatable to the audience.T he longing a married couple feels to have a baby is very natural, and it is this emotion that drives this film ,” he explains.
The screening will be held in the presence of doctors from across India and abroad and more than three hundred peoplewho contribute to field s related to HIV. “This was the right platform for the first screening of this film which needed several researches in terms of content and many authentications from knowledgeable and dependable sources. The feature length of the film was cut down consciously, to be factual and to the point , ” he says.
Revealing his expectations from the first public screening of his film , he says, “The film is beautifully made with interesting cameras and locations and supported by different organi s ations. Keeping the cause of the film in mind, people want to help create awareness to reach out to wider audience. The film was made with our hearts and we hope it touches the hearts of the audience,” says Bhushan.
The filmhas been shot in a very innovative style , using natural light on Ronin device and hand held camera. After the screening here, the film , aims to making it to various film festivals internationally.
(‘There will be Tomorrow’ will be screened at the HIV Congress today, March 19, 2016 at Goa Marriott Resort and Spa from 12: 30pm onwards)
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