Dengue the deadly disease has yet again griped India in a big way. In urbane Maharashtra, according to Municipal Corporation, there are 2,600 patients of dengue while in rural areas, 2,700 patients have been detected with dengue. Alarmed by the threat of dengue, the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities to rope in celebrities to assist the administration in awareness programme.
In response to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis call filmmaker Aditya Chopra has come forward and contacted the BMC expressing his desire to make an awareness film. It may be noted Aditya Chopra’s father, eminent filmmaker Yash Chopra expired in 2012 due to dengue hence Adi is quite serious and has sought statistical data about the disease from BMC.
Confirming Aditya Chopra’s longing to make the film, civic chief Sitaram Kunte told a local daily that Adi had contacted him through a close associate and solicited technical information about the disease.
Sitaram Kunte however made it clear that BMC would be providing only essential information about the disease but the movie would be produced and directed under the Yash Raj films banner.
Readers may recall that many film celebrities in the past have become victim of dengue virus like famous actor Rishi Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Lisa Haydon, Nikhil Dwivedi (of MY NAME IS ANTHONY GONSALVES fame) , actor Imran Khan’s wife Avantika Malik, and eminent Bengali actor- filmmaker Aparna Sen and mother Bollywood actress Konkona Sen.
Maharashtra government has also decided to take help of the social media to create awareness about the dengue epidemic, which has claimed 26 lives in the state so far.