Chetan Shah’s 52-minute documentary Passive Euthanasia: Kahaani Karuna Ki, released last year, chronicles Aruna Shanbaug’s story. “Aruna has been a big chapter in our lives for years. Her demise brings a sense of relief and a need for quiet contemplation,” Chennai-based Shah says.
The government-commissioned film made use of stylised elements such as dance-drama and poetry. “The film urged people to realise the need to terminate medical intervention after a certain point and allow dignity of death,” Shah says. He says it was frustrating that KEM Hospital refused to come on record and explain why she was being kept alive.
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