Doctors are held in high esteem in the hearts and minds of our people and our films more or less reflect this respect. Doctors have mostly been presented in a positive light in our films. They do everything they can to save patients and their lives revolve around their profession. But it is not that they are all cut from the same fabric. Over the years, Bollywood has developed certain types for doctors and on the occasion of National Doctors Day we are taking a look at the different types of doctors portrayed in Hindi movies.
Devoted: Dil Ek Mandir (1963)
Director: CV Sridhar
Performers: Raaj Kumar, Meena Kumari, Rajendra Kumar
It was a love triangle between a doctor, her lover and the man she ended up marrying. Its content was quite melodramatic, in keeping with the kind of films that were being made but nevertheless portrayed the dedication of a doctor. Dr. Dharmesh (Rajendra Kumar) lives only to serve his patients. He feeds a broken heart because the love of his life Sita (Meena Kumari) married a wealthy businessman Ram (Raaj Kumar). Ram has cancer and comes to Dharmesh hospital for treatment. Sita is not sure if Ram is the right doctor for her husband, as her feelings could get in the way. To prove to him that his zeal for healing patients is greater than his feelings for her, he works with dedication day and night to find a line of treatment and even suffers from a heart attack in the process. He successfully operated on Ram but later died from exhaustion. Ram and Sita then erected a hospital in his memory.
Iconic: Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani (1946)
Director: V. Shantaram
Performers: V. Shantaram, Jayashree
The film is based on the life of Dr Dwarkanath Kotnis, an Indian doctor who worked in China during the Japanese invasion of World War II and gave up his life to treat his patients. The young idealistic doctor, played by V Shantaram, who also directed the film, learns that medical aid is required by the Chinese who are kept under siege by the Japanese and goes there at the height of the Second War. world. There he meets a Chinese woman who becomes his assistant and in due time, they get married. Their zeal is such that the very evening of their wedding, they began to rescue the wounded after a raid. A plague sets in and to find a remedy, the good doctor injects himself to develop the bodies of ants. He is capable of developing a vaccine but later succumbs to the rigors of the profession. His young wife is seen coming to India with her young son in the heyday.
Angry: Kabir Singh (2019)
Director: Sandeep Vanga
Performers: Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Arjan Bajwa, Suresh Oberoi, Adil Hussain, Kamini Kaushal
Okay, we know doctors don’t drink on duty. They cannot be functionally alcoholic in real life. Amitabh Bachchan, star of Mrityudaata (1997), first showed it on screen, then there is Kabir Singh. This is the official remake of the 2017 Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy. Shahid Kapoor takes over the role of Vijay Deverakonda from a brilliant but self-destructive surgeon who falls into alcoholism and drug addiction when his girlfriend Preeti (Kiara Advani) is forcibly married to someone else. Kabir excels in everything, he is a university topper who is also a sports champion. When a football turmoil led him to beat opposing players, he was suspended from college for a period of time. “I am not a rebel without a cause, sir,” he said to his dean (Adil Hussain), justifying that he had lost his temper because the prestige of the college was at stake. This prevents us from noticing the shortcomings of the film is the powerful performance of Shahid Kapoor. He made an incredible physical transformation on the film, managing to look like a student at first and then a young professional, losing at least a decade. His body language is also perfect. The madness, the rage of Kabir Singh is made almost palpable through the representation of Shahid. His grief and alcoholism also seem real.
Rowdy: Munna Bhai MBBS (2003)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Performers: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Gracy Singh, Boman Irani, Jimmy Sheirgill
Munna Bhai (Sanjay Dutt) has spent the past decade trying to convince his parents that he is a respectable doctor. He is able to achieve this with the help of his right arm Circuit (Arshad Warsi). Circuit and his other gang members turn his home into a hospital every time his parents – Sunil Dutt and Rohini Hattangadi, visit him in Mumbai. One day, however, his trick is caught and his parents return to the broken heart. It was then that Munna decided to become a real doctor. Thanks to his resources, he was admitted to a medical school and fell in love with Suman (Gracy Singh), the daughter of the dean (Boman Irani). Munna is totally zero in studies but understands human nature. He begins to transmit “Jadoo ki jhappi” – huge hugs to patients to make them feel better. He believes in providing holistic treatment and surprisingly heals a completely paralyzed patient with constant care and sympathy. Although he leaves college after realizing that he does not have the qualifications to be a real doctor, he marries Suman and they then open a hospital for the needy in his village.
Flirty: Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005)
Director: David Dhawan
Performers: Salman Khan, Sushmita Sen, Katrina Kaif, Sohail Khan, Arshad Warsi
It is based on the 1969 film Cactus Flower, with Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman and Goldie Hawn. Samir (Salman Khan) is a very successful doctor who also happens to be a female. He is phobic and does not want to get married. Naina (Sushmita Sen), is her nurse who loves her secretly but has never spoken of her feelings. Each time a girl begins to get closer, Samir pushes her away, saying that he is already married. He tries the trick on Sonia (Katrina Kaif), a beautiful young woman with whom he is currently having an affair. Sonia wants to meet his wife and Samir introduces Naina, as well as her niece and nephew, like his wife and children. Later, he is forced to divorce a woman he did not marry to marry Neha. But he realizes that he doesn’t love her after all and she too isn’t really in love with him. The only woman who really loved him was Naina, who is about to fly to Canada. He rushes to the airport and stops her, leading to a happy ending.
Idealistic: Bemisal (1982)
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Performers: Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee, Vinod Mehra, Deven Verma
It is based on Utiam Kumar’s Bengali classic, Ami Se O Shakha (1975). Dr. Sudhir Roy (Amitabh Bachchan) has a brother named Adir (Amitabh Bachchan) who is mentally ill. He was raised by the Chaturvedi magistrate (Om Shiv Puri) and benefited from the same facilities as the son of the Prashant magistrate (Vinod Mehra). The two grow up to be doctors. They both love their lot mate Kavita (Raakhee). Sudhir lets Prashant woo her and they get married soon. Prashant goes abroad for higher studies and returns a changed man. He begins to charge exorbitant fees and also begins to perform illegal abortions. When one of his patients dies during an operation, Sudhir takes the allegation on his head. He even falsifies hospital records to make the alibi airtight. He is sent to prison for the crime and he makes Prashant promise that he and Kavita will now use their medical knowledge for the benefit of the population.
Friendly: Anand (1971)
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Performers: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Ramesh Deo, Seema Deo, Sumita Sanyal
The film depicts the friendship between a kind-hearted doctor and a cancer patient. It featured two superstars – the current one, Rajesh Khanna and the future one, Amitabh Bachchan. Dr. Bhaskar (Bachchan) is a cancer specialist who wants to do good for his poor patients. His kind nature makes him invest emotionally in his patients and he does not like when they lose the battle with life. Anand (Khanna), a terminally ill man, enters his life and the two quickly become friends, so much so that he begins to live in Bhaskar’s house. Anand discovers that Bhaskar loves Renu (Sumita Sanyal), from a distance and tries to repair their marriage. It kind of lights up everyone’s life in six months. He died but not before he had taught Bhaskar a precious lesson which he should learn to live in the present moment and not to take life or death too seriously. This gave viewers a glimpse of what our surgeons, especially those battling cancer, have to go through on a daily basis and made us realize the efforts they make to stay sane.