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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-9

Dementia in Indian cinema: A narrative review

1 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Roanoke, Virgina, USA
2 Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Kollam, Kerala, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, General Hospital, Ernakulam, Kerala, India

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DOI: 10.4103/jgmh.jgmh_14_17

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Indian cinema is known for portraying social, cultural, political issues, and this also includes issues in mental health. The objective of this paper is to provide a narrative review of the portrayal of dementia in Indian cinema. The films were identified after discussion with various experts in person, telephone, e-mail correspondence and via social media. Fifteen films portraying balanced and unbalanced versions of dementia and its related issues have been identified. Caregiver issues have also been discussed in the films. However, treatment and other interventions have not been adequately portrayed. It can be concluded that these films can be used as a resource for movie clubs as a part of teaching curriculum during postgraduate and undergraduate training. They can be an excellent medium to understand cultural issues related to dementia in the community.

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