A Marathi film titled ‘Aghor’, which will be released on August 24, aims to highlight several malpractices in the medical field. The film has been written and directed by Salim Sheikh and has actors like Aniket Vishwasrao, Santosh Juvekar and Kishori Shahane playing important roles.
“I had been thinking about this subject for some time. We read about medical negligence and other illegal practices in the papers. What is supposed to be a noble profession has become a profit-making business,” said Sheikh, who has been part of Hindi theatre for several years. “Of course doctors need to make a living, but often they seem to be cheating patients to make profits.”
The story is about two doctors, one working for the poor and needy and another who runs a multi-specialty hospital and is involved in several malpractices. After the death of the good doctor in an accident, his family is cheated by the hospital authorities. “His friends and family decide to stand up and fight the errant doctor. The fight is not against one person but against the mentality,” said Sheikh. The research included newspaper articles and interviews with friends and relatives who are doctors.
Sheikh clarified that the film is not based on any particular incident and although it is not based on a true story, it is a fictionalised account of many facts.
Actors said that they were surprised to find out about some of the practices. “I was shocked to know that sometimes doctors delay declaring the death of a patient to recover money. It is important to create awareness among the masses. They should not fall prey to any of these,” said Aniket Vishwasrao, one of the actors.
Doctors said the subject is rarely discussed and it would help the public. “I hope the film reaches out to the maximum number of people,” said Dr TP Lahane, dean, JJ Hospital.