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Indian film-maker tackles hypochondriasis

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 27 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1040
  1. Sanjit Bagchi, private medical practitioner and medical journalist (
  1. Calcutta, India

    A film currently showing in India deals with an often ignored but growing health issue in the country—hypochondriasis. Shaadi se Pehle (which means “before the marriage” in Hindi) depicts the havoc that the condition can cause in the life of a successful businessman. Aashish Kapoor (elegantly played by Indian actor Akshaye Khanna) is a talented advertising executive, well known for coming up with creative ideas at the agency where he works. But, despite doing so well professionally, he constantly feels unwell even though he has no obvious illness. His hypochondriasis and constant concerns about his …

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