Cancer afflicts all communities worldwide. Approximately 14 million people are diagnosed with cancer and more than eight million die of the disease every year. Today, cancer is the second leading cause of death.
We sifted through a variety of movies from all across the globe that we think helped create awareness about cancer which is important for primary prevention of cancer.
The film “Anand,” directed by late Hrishikesh Mukherjee, is one of the most memorable films about a cancer patient. The film tackles an emotional and inspiring journey towards death of a last stage cancer patient known as Anand played by Rajesh Khanna. The movie’s obvious message is ‘live each day to the fullest’.
However, the movie’s theme relates to how healthy people are supposed to interact with the terminally ill or even with those not as healthy as they are.
In the movie, Anand knows he’s dying, yet he chooses to remain upbeat. He would rather have fun while he is here, and he wants his friends to be happy when they are with him.
“50/50”, inspired by the true story of its screenplay writer Will Reiser, is a story about Adam who is diagnosed with cancer at the young age of 27. His odds of survival (as the title suggests) are 50/50. What sets this movie apart from other movies is that Adam’s character doesn’t try to discover the meaning of life when he is faced with cancer. When the doctor delivers the saddening news, he reacts in the only way he knows – shock. He stutters, “That doesn’t make any sense, though. I mean… I don’t drink, I don’t smoke… I recycle…”
The movie is centered on how his friends, family, and Adam himself deal with the disease, the good, the bad, and the ugly. As in reality, each person reacts in different ways.
“50/50” delivers on genuine, touching moments and memorable real world character reactions, that also manages to offer some cathartic laughs.
The Marathi language film “Shwaas” is the emotional journey of a child diagnosed with retinal cancer in both eyes, and his grandfather who helps him come to terms with his inevitable blindness. The movie rather than being a debate on life and mortality takes a sweeping stinging though non-judgemental look at the pitfalls of the medical profession and tries to send the message that how a little bit of the human touch can heal far better than medicines and surgery.
“Shwaas” is based on a true story from Pune in 1992.
The film ” Mili,” directed by late Hrishikesh Mukherjee, is a touching film of a lively young girl diagnosed with cancer. The movie revolves around the fact that the fate of a terminally ill patient is known. But hope can override pessimism and negativity that weighs down sufferers of cancer teaching people to live life as one ought to, hope and joy triumphing over despair. This film effectively gives this message
The Fault In Our Stars(2014)
Though it’s essentially a teen romance, “The Fault in Our Stars” is above all a movie about cancer. Based on John Green’s bestselling novel, the story is about two kids, Hazel Grace Lancaster, a bright 16-year-old who can hardly remember not living with cancer and Augustus Waters, a clever, handsome 18-year-old whose basketball career was cut short when cancer took his right leg. As they fall in love and experience death in a bittersweet tangle of events, but the story isn’t really about death. It’s about being alive, and all the pains and joys that accompany life, but with characters who are facing much higher stakes than most of us.
We are Family(2010)
“We Are Family”, directed by Siddharth Malhotra and produced by Karan Johar is an official remake of 1998 movie “StepMom”.The story revolves around Maya, a divorced mother of three who finds out that she is suffering from cervical cancer. The story explores themes of struggle to accept a terminal diagnosis, deal with conflict and the need for forgiveness, and ultimately transform and heal a broken family.
Here are some other movie revolving around the same theme that may interest you, Safar(1970), Dil Ek Mandir(1963), Aashayein(2008), My sister’s keeper(2009), Dard ka Rishta(1982), Sweet November(2001), The Bucket List(2007), A Walk to Remember(2002), Stepmom(1998), My life without me(2003), Terms of Endearment (1983).
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