City doctor scripts short films on diabetes

In a novel method to create awareness about diabetes and manage the disease, Dr Sanjeev Mangrulkar, head of the department of Medicine at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital decided to involve well-known Marathi actors and producers to act and direct two films of 17 and 35-minute duration.

'Sugar free- katha ek madhumehyachi' deals with teaching diabetics to remain optimistic in life and follow certain basic health principles while the second 35 minute film 'It's time for my insulin' deals with allaying fears about insulin injections and developing a positive attitude about the therapy.

They have a very simple story, says Mangrulkar who feels patients do not have the time to even look at their prescriptions properly. How do we tell them about the ill effects of diabetes, he asks. It is such a common problem that the first film 'Sugar free-katha ek madhumehyachi'' focusses on the life of one Mr Deshmukh who is an office-goer. He smokes, drinks alcohol and is also irregular at work. He is detected with diabetes when he injures his big toe and from thereon his battle with the disease begins. Fortunately another office colleague who is extremely careful about diseases as he too has diabetes helps him, says Mangrulkar who involved marathi actors like Saurabh Parkhe, Madhav Abhyankar and Uday Lagoo, Ashok Shinde, Kishore Mahabole, Vandana Vaknis and Shrikant Yadav to act in the short educational films. Nandu Kshirsagar has produced the films.

According to Mangrulkar there is a resistance among patients detected with diabetes to take insulin injections. Patients tend to neglect themselves and hence despite handing over leaflets or other literature about the disease, the impact is only felt after they actually see others facing similar problems. Mangrulkar admits he is a movie fan and the idea to make such short films came after he saw 'Devrai' a docu-drama on schizophrenia. The films do not scare the diabetics with a lot of statistics or other gory visuals. However the idea is to motivate people to live a healthy lifestyle and not fear diabetes, says Mangrulkar who will launch the films on Sunday. Dr Jabbar Patel and Dr Shreeram Lagoo will be present for the launch at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital.

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