Bollywood horror film spooks eye specialistsBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7504.1395 (Published 09 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1395
- Sanjit Bagchi, private medical practitioner and medical journalist (email@example.com)
- Calcutta, India
They fear it could undermine public confidence in cornea transplants
Promotional material for the Bollywood horror film Naina reads, “Twenty years of Darkness. 7 days of hell. No one could survive it. She did” (www.nainathefilm.com). While the film—released on 20 May and now showing all over India—may not have spooked that many audiences as yet, it has terrified ophthalmologists and voluntary eye-donation campaigners all over the country.
The “hell” portrayed in the movie is the paranormal experiences of the lead character, whose eyesight is restored by a cornea transplant. According to eye specialists of the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS), and campaigners at the Eye Bank Association of India (EBAI) and Ganadarpan (a Calcutta-based voluntary organisation), Naina could reinforce myths about cornea transplants and is poised to create a climate of fear among recipients as well as donors.
The film tells the story of a blind girl called Naina (also meaning “eyes” in Hindi) living in London. The girl loses her eyesight in a car crash when she is 5 years old. Twenty …