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UNAIDS will enter Indian film in 2005 Cannes Film Festival

UNAIDS will enter Indian film in 2005 Cannes Film Festival

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS will enter the Indian film industry's first AIDS-themed film, Phir Milenge (We Will Meet Again), in the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, the film's makers announced Tuesday, according to Asian News International. The film, directed by Revathy Menon and starring popular Indian actors Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty, tells the story of a female advertising executive who contracts HIV through a one-night stand and is subsequently fired from her job when her employers learn of her infection. Menon says she made the film to examine the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV in India. The film was released in India last month and its content prompted many viewers to walk out of theaters. India is home to more than 5 million HIV-positive people. AIDS experts say the country already has the highest number of HIV-positive people in the world and is likely to experience a rapidly progressing epidemic unless immediate HIV prevention efforts are taken by the nation's government.

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