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  • Actors: Irfan Khan, Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, Pankaj Kapoor, Ayesha Takia
  • Directors: Mira Nair, Farhan Akhtar, Santosh Sivan, Vishal Bhardwaj
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Karavan
  • DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B002Q048Z0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,596 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As part of Bill Gates Foundation s effort to raise awareness about AIDS, these four 15-minute films were produced by Mira Nair, and directed by four ace directors, Vishal Bharadwaj, Nair herself, Farhan Akhtar and Santosh Sivan. With an assembly line of A-list actors like Pankaj Kapur, Shiney Ahuja, Irrfan Khan, Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani and others, I was pretty excited about the films... Vishal Bharadwaj s Blood Brothers was the first one among the four I saw. It was also, perhaps the most impressive among the lot. Centring on the story of a yuppie(Siddhartha Suryanarayan, known primarily in Bollywood for RDB) who is mistakenly declared HIV positive after an identity crisis. The brooding, intensely painful period where an infected person fears humiliation above all is captured beautifully. I have always likened Bharadwaj to be the archetypical poet-director. He paints images so compelling in their starkness that they stay with you long after the last shot has flashed before your eyes.... he is helped out here by solid performances by Siddhartha, Pawan Malhotra, and a delightful cameo by his favourite Pankaj Kapur. The film also boasts of virtuoso cinematography by Guillermo Navarro, who won an Academy Award for his work on Pan s Labyrinth(which happens to be one of my all-time faves!). Farhan Akhtar displays some finely nuanced touches in the heart-warming Positive , which is perhaps the most offbeat of the four on display. This one shows how the dreaded disease actually helped a father and son to bond and heal a fractured family. Boman Irani delivers a knockout performance(again!) as the disabled father, while Arjun Mathur(who, interestingly, is in two of the four films, this as well as Nair s Migration ) is believable as the sullen son, who thinks his father is to blame for their troubles. When I saw this film, I was reminded of the poignant, all-too fleeting hospital scenes in Akhtar s brilliant debut film Dil Chahta Hai , it s almost as if he has realised there s more mileage to be gained from those scenes... Santosh Sivan s Prarambha is in Tamil and stars Prabhu Deva. He plays a truck driver with a heart of gold who fights for the rights of an HIV-positive child. The film raises several telling points, but is a bit high on the cliche-meter. With his trademark antics, Prabhu Deva does manage toraise laughs without trivializing the issues. The child actor is a revelation, and Sivan handles the material sensitively, if not always satisfyingly. Which brings us to Mira Nair s own effort Migration which is top-heavy with actors; Irrfan Khan, Shiney Ahuja, Sameera Reddy, Raima Sen as well as a side-splitting act by Vijay Raaz. Perhaps the one with the most wide-ranging concerns, the film lacks a knockout screenplay, but on the flip side, the high point is Irrfan s act as a closet gay man who lacks the courage to tell his wife the truth about himself and his best friend. Shiney is hopelessly miscast as the poor labourer. He has muck-like black stuff generously pasted over his stubbled mug, and this is supposed to convince us that he is poor and illiterate and everything we love about filmy villagers. But overall, the four films do a fab job of spreading awareness about AIDS and the numerous issues surrounding the aftermath of this disease. One hopes that more such collaborative efforts reach us in the days to come. I am now looking for more short films by directors like Scorsese, Benegal and Oliver Stone, to name a few. --passionforcinema.com/4-quick-ones-short-films-about-aids/

As part of Bill Gates Foundation s effort to raise awareness about AIDS, these four 15-minute films were produced by Mira Nair, and directed by four ace directors, Vishal Bharadwaj, Nair herself, Farhan Akhtar and Santosh Sivan. With an assembly line of A-list actors like Pankaj Kapur, Shiney Ahuja, Irrfan Khan, Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani and others, I was pretty excited about the films... Vishal Bharadwaj s Blood Brothers was the first one among the four I saw. It was also, perhaps the most impressive among the lot. Centring on the story of a yuppie(Siddhartha Suryanarayan, known primarily in Bollywood for RDB) who is mistakenly declared HIV positive after an identity crisis. The brooding, intensely painful period where an infected person fears humiliation above all is captured beautifully. I have always likened Bharadwaj to be the archetypical poet-director. He paints images so compelling in their starkness that they stay with you long after the last shot has flashed before your eyes.... he is helped out here by solid performances by Siddhartha, Pawan Malhotra, and a delightful cameo by his favourite Pankaj Kapur. The film also boasts of virtuoso cinematography by Guillermo Navarro, who won an Academy Award for his work on Pan s Labyrinth(which happens to be one of my all-time faves!). Farhan Akhtar displays some finely nuanced touches in the heart-warming Positive , which is perhaps the most offbeat of the four on display. This one shows how the dreaded disease actually helped a father and son to bond and heal a fractured family. Boman Irani delivers a knockout performance(again!) as the disabled father, while Arjun Mathur(who, interestingly, is in two of the four films, this as well as Nair s Migration ) is believable as the sullen son, who thinks his father is to blame for their troubles. When I saw this film, I was reminded of the poignant, all-too fleeting hospital scenes in Akhtar s brilliant debut film Dil Chahta Hai , it s almost as if he has realised there s more mileage to be gained from those scenes... Santosh Sivan s Prarambha is in Tamil and stars Prabhu Deva. He plays a truck driver with a heart of gold who fights for the rights of an HIV-positive child. The film raises several telling points, but is a bit high on the cliche-meter. With his trademark antics, Prabhu Deva does manage toraise laughs without trivializing the issues. The child actor is a revelation, and Sivan handles the material sensitively, if not always satisfyingly. Which brings us to Mira Nair s own effort Migration which is top-heavy with actors; Irrfan Khan, Shiney Ahuja, Sameera Reddy, Raima Sen as well as a side-splitting act by Vijay Raaz. Perhaps the one with the most wide-ranging concerns, the film lacks a knockout screenplay, but on the flip side, the high point is Irrfan s act as a closet gay man who lacks the courage to tell his wife the truth about himself and his best friend. Shiney is hopelessly miscast as the poor labourer. He has muck-like black stuff generously pasted over his stubbled mug, and this is supposed to convince us that he is poor and illiterate and everything we love about filmy villagers. But overall, the four films do a fab job of spreading awareness about AIDS and the numerous issues surrounding the aftermath of this disease. One hopes that more such collaborative efforts reach us in the days to come. I am now looking for more short films by directors like Scorsese, Benegal and Oliver Stone, to name a few. --passionforcinema.com/4-quick-ones-short-films-about-aids/

As part of Bill Gates Foundation s effort to raise awareness about AIDS, these four 15-minute films were produced by Mira Nair, and directed by four ace directors, Vishal Bharadwaj, Nair herself, Farhan Akhtar and Santosh Sivan. With an assembly line of A-list actors like Pankaj Kapur, Shiney Ahuja, Irrfan Khan, Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani and others, I was pretty excited about the films... Vishal Bharadwaj s Blood Brothers was the first one among the four I saw. It was also, perhaps the most impressive among the lot. Centring on the story of a yuppie(Siddhartha Suryanarayan, known primarily in Bollywood for RDB) who is mistakenly declared HIV positive after an identity crisis. The brooding, intensely painful period where an infected person fears humiliation above all is captured beautifully. I have always likened Bharadwaj to be the archetypical poet-director. He paints images so compelling in their starkness that they stay with you long after the last shot has flashed before your eyes.... he is helped out here by solid performances by Siddhartha, Pawan Malhotra, and a delightful cameo by his favourite Pankaj Kapur. The film also boasts of virtuoso cinematography by Guillermo Navarro, who won an Academy Award for his work on Pan s Labyrinth(which happens to be one of my all-time faves!). Farhan Akhtar displays some finely nuanced touches in the heart-warming Positive , which is perhaps the most offbeat of the four on display. This one shows how the dreaded disease actually helped a father and son to bond and heal a fractured family. Boman Irani delivers a knockout performance(again!) as the disabled father, while Arjun Mathur(who, interestingly, is in two of the four films, this as well as Nair s Migration ) is believable as the sullen son, who thinks his father is to blame for their troubles. When I saw this film, I was reminded of the poignant, all-too fleeting hospital scenes in Akhtar s brilliant debut film Dil Chahta Hai , it s almost as if he has realised there s more mileage to be gained from those scenes... Santosh Sivan s Prarambha is in Tamil and stars Prabhu Deva. He plays a truck driver with a heart of gold who fights for the rights of an HIV-positive child. The film raises several telling points, but is a bit high on the cliche-meter. With his trademark antics, Prabhu Deva does manage toraise laughs without trivializing the issues. The child actor is a revelation, and Sivan handles the material sensitively, if not always satisfyingly. Which brings us to Mira Nair s own effort Migration which is top-heavy with actors; Irrfan Khan, Shiney Ahuja, Sameera Reddy, Raima Sen as well as a side-splitting act by Vijay Raaz. Perhaps the one with the most wide-ranging concerns, the film lacks a knockout screenplay, but on the flip side, the high point is Irrfan s act as a closet gay man who lacks the courage to tell his wife the truth about himself and his best friend. Shiney is hopelessly miscast as the poor labourer. He has muck-like black stuff generously pasted over his stubbled mug, and this is supposed to convince us that he is poor and illiterate and everything we love about filmy villagers. But overall, the four films do a fab job of spreading awareness about AIDS and the numerous issues surrounding the aftermath of this disease. One hopes that more such collaborative efforts reach us in the days to come. I am now looking for more short films by directors like Scorsese, Benegal and Oliver Stone, to name a few. --passionforcinema.com/4-quick-ones-short-films-about-aids/

About the Actor

Roshan Ahuja (alias Shiney), was born on 15th May 1973 in New Delhi, India. His father was an army commander and Shiney grew up aspiring to be part of the armed forces until he got a taste of theater. Shiney did his schooling at the Army Public School, New Delhi and also at the St. Xavier s School, Ranchi. He has studied acting at Barry John s Acting School in New Delhi. Shiney Ahuja is married to Anu Ahuja and they had a daughter in 2007.

He has some experience as a model and was seen in a popular music video by Stereo Nation. 2005 Sudhir Mishra s Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi that was about three friends during the Indian Emergency was not a commercial success but was a critic s favourite that year. Shiney Ahuja won the Filmfare Best Debut Award for his portrayal of Vikram Malhotra. He did a cameo in Karam.

He played a gangster trying to severe his ties with the underworld for his lady love in Anurag Basu s "Gangster" that also had Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut in the lead. He was paired with Sushmita Sen in Tanuja Chandra s "Zindaggi Rocks" as a doctor. The movie did not fare well at the box office. His next movie the same year was Mohit Suri s "Woh Lamhe", with Gangster co-star Kangana Ranaut, which performed well. The movie was based on Mahesh Bhatt and Parveen Bhabi s relationship.

He was seen in two successful movies in 2007- Anurag Basu s Life in a Metro and Priyadarshan s Bhool Bhulaiyya. Khoya Khoya Chand on the other hand flopped. 2008 In Hijack he played Vikram Madaan who gets involved in a terrorist act. The movie received mixed reviews.

Boman Irani was born on 1st October 1962 in Mumbai. He is part of the Parsi community. He started out selling potato chips. Before long, photography appealed to him and then later it was the call of theater.

He has worked with Alyque Padamsee in the play Roshni and in Mahatma Vs Mahatma by Feroz Abbas Khan. He grew into a familiar face when he started working in ads like CEAT Tyres and Smyle Cough Syrup. He received offers to work in movies in supporting roles and his presence in movies has grown stronger over the years.

In 2000, he worked with Shah Rukh Khan in Josh and in Rahul Bose s Everybody Says I m Fine (2001) as a man who has molests his daughter. He worked in another big hit Munnabhai MBBS (2003) as Dr. J.C.Asthana and as an editor in Madhur Bhandarkar s critically acclaimed movie Page 3 (2005). In the dark comedy Being Cyrus (2006) he played a role that was on the negative side.

He has done his share of comedy with movies like Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006), Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd (2007) and Heyy Babyy (2007). Dostana (2008) was a commercial success and saw him as a gay editor of a fashion magazine. In the early part of 2009, he was seen as the fun loving Burman Presswala in Little Zizou.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Murthy on October 13, 2009
Format: DVD
The 4 shorts in AIDS Jaago excellently induce emotion and awareness in the viewer, as each film documents an individual story that is uniquely affected by AIDS, but invoke emotions familiar to all. The films set out to destroy popular myths and unfounded beliefs regarding AIDS in the Indian subcontinent and this endeavor must be applauded. AIDS Jaago should be viewed by all to continue the support of AIDS awareness and help.
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