Mahatma Gandhi, the founder of India, is said to have remarked that “health is real wealth, not gold and silver coins”. Several Bollywood movies have shown that pursuing a medical career is not easy and involves much needed patience, hard work and determination as per this quote. There is no denying that the value of people in such professions increased when the Covid-19 outbreak hit the country in 2020.
Check out these Bollywood movies that portray the relationship between patients and doctors in a beautiful way.
Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani (1946)
This film was released just months before India’s independence from British rule. Although in black and white, the plot skillfully explores the importance of health care in the world. The film, written and directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, centers on the life of Dwarkanath Kotnis, an Indian doctor who served in China during World War II.
Rajesh Khanna plays an important role in the film, directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and whose dialogues were written by Gulzar. Supporting roles are played by Amitabh Bachchan, Sumita Sanyal, Ramesh Deo and Seema Deo. The central narrative revolves around a doctor caring for a cancer patient. In the film, Mr. Bachchan plays the role of Dr. Bhaskar, a doctor who specializes in the treatment of cancer. A cancer patient named Anand (Khanna) comes into her life and the two become friends.
Munna Bhai MBBS (2003)
Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra are the directors and producers of the comedy-drama film Munna Bhai MBBS. The film stars actor Sanjay Dutt in the lead role, with actors Gracy Singh, Jimmy Sheirgill, Arshad Warsi, Rohini Hattangadi and Boman Irani in supporting roles.
The story of the film revolves around the life of a man (Munna) and his topsy-turvy journey to become a doctor and save the lives of patients.
Dear Zindagi (2016)
Famous stars Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt play pivotal roles in the film directed by Gauri Shinde. In the film, Alia stars as Kiara, an aspiring cinematographer who discovers she has mental health issues. Kiara seeks help from Jehangir Khan (played by Shah Rukh Khan), a psychotherapist who uses cutting-edge techniques to solve her mental health issues.
While we’re not sure about the specific plot of the film, the trailer shows the life of a male gynecologist in practice and his struggles dealing with patients. The protagonist is a doctor played by actor Ayushmann Khurrana, while actress Rakul Preet Singh plays his love interest. Let’s watch how the plot develops and how Ayushmann deals with the problems life throws at him in the film as a doctor.