Panaji, December 5, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) An energetic and charged Pradeep Kumar Singh, the main protagonist of the film ‘Mr. India’ said a person living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) can do anything which a normal person can.
Interacting with the Press here on Wednesday, Singh said that he wants to fight the stigma and discrimination faced by the people living with HIV/AIDS.
He said that through the film he wants to show that there is a hope and life for PLHIV and all he is looking for is moral support from the people.
Haobam Paban Kumar, the Director and Producer of the film, was equally passionate about the issue and said, “The film is about celebration of life.”
Talking about the film, he said his friends at SRFTI (Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute), Kolkata worked on the film without charging a single paisa for two years so that this inspiring story could be told.
The film was screened on the Opening day at IFFI 2010.
‘Mr. India’, a Manipuri film of 47 minute duration is a story of life of Khundrakpam Pradip Kumar Singh after he discovered that he was infected with HIV virus in March 2000.
“I was too young when I committed the mistake of taking drugs and sharing a syringe. But should you let one mistake spoil your entire life? I didn’t want to,”said Singh.
Defying doctors who had warned him against the rigors of body building, Pradip joined a gymnasium.
Nine years down the line, Singh has several achievements to his credit, including the ‘Mr. Manipur’ title in 2007.
Resolved to win the ‘Mr. India’ title, Pradip is an inspiration for thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS in his home state of Manipur.