A Story of Healing

A new documentary pays tribute to PGI on its golden jubilee

Written by Jaskiran Kapoor | Published: June 2, 2012 12:45 am

A new documentary pays tribute to PGI on its golden jubilee

Eight-year-old Aditya has come to Chandigarh from his village near Ropar,and his first stop is a hospital. It’s an unusual choice in a new city but Aditya is on a visit with a mission — he is suffering from retinoblastoma (a rare cancer of the retina) and hopes that the Radiotherapy Department of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER),one of the country’s most famous hospitals will help him out.

As Aditya begins on a journey to tackle his ailment,he also becomes a subject of a documentary on the hospital. PGIMER,better known as PGI,turns 50 on July 7 and the yet-untitled film is a tribute to its service and merit.

At the helm of the documentary is indie filmmaker and founder of the NGO Humlog,Dr Gaurav Chhabra. The film was commissioned to him by the Institute’s Golden Jubilee Committee,headed by Dr SK Jindal. “It’s a tribute to this hospital and research centre,to its dedicated team of doctors,nurses,technicians and hospital staff,” says Chhabra. The film will be screened on July 7 at PGI.

Shot like a docu-drama,the 20-minute-long film will take the audience from the foundation of this institute and its various centres,advanced and specialised,to its patient care,and also offer a look at the objectives enshrined in its emblem. Chhabra,who is producing and directing the film,has roped in animator Ritesh Varma from Jhansi and cameraman Rahul Saharan from Rajasthan through an open invitation to be part of this film on Facebook.

“The idea is to make a feature,not a cut-and-dry corporate film,” says 20-year-old Varma. For the past month,Chhabra,has been researching,visiting the 60-plus departments,and collecting information, data and blueprints for the film.

A graduate from Frameboxx,Kanpur,Varma made 201To,a paper-cut stop short animation film. He is using the same technique to show the foundation of PGI and its growth and development over the years. “There will be paper cut shots of the 1947 Partition,the foundation of Chandigarh and then PGI,” says Varma,as he consults blueprints to raise a 3D animation of the buildings. In the meantime,Saharan,whose short film on rural society and education,Roshni – The Rising Hope,made it to Kargil Film Festival,is trying to capture the beauty,life and hope in the grey walls of PGI.

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