MKDNH brings to fore a serious message

Abhimanyu Dassani in a MARD KO DARD NAHI HOTA movie still

Just imagine what if you did not feel any pain. MARD KO DARD NAHI HOTA is an action comedy written & directed by Vasan Bala (Peddlers - 2012) and produced by Ronnie Screwvala under his banner RSVP Movies. The film stars debutant Abhimanyu Dassani, Radhika Madan, Gulshan Devaiah, Mahesh Manjrekar and Jimit Trivedi. MARD KO DARD NAHI HOTA premiered in the Midnight Madness section of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People's Choice Award: Midnight Madness. The film was also screened and well received at the 2018 MAMI Film Festival. The film's story follows a young man who has a rare condition called Congenital Insensitivity to Pain (CIP) and strikes out on a quest to vanquish his foes. Well, the above sounds really cool and funny (so to say) but is it really so funny. Not that I am against entertainment, but this film could in turn be a message too. The premise seems very light hearted with its treatment but it is more serious than the pain itself. Read on…

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Congenital Insensitivity to Pain (CIP), also known as congenital analgesia, is a rare conditions in which a person cannot feel (and has never felt) physical pain. Because feeling physical pain is vital for survival, CIP is an extremely dangerous condition. It is common for people with the condition to die in childhood due to injuries or illnesses going unnoticed. The below are a the signs and symptoms of CIP.

For people with this disorder, cognition and sensation are otherwise normal; for instance, patients can still feel discriminative touch (though not always temperature), and there are generally no detectable physical abnormalities. Because children with the disorder cannot feel pain, they may not respond to problems, thus being at a higher risk of more severe diseases. Unnoticed infections and corneal damage due to foreign objects in the eye are also seen. Insensitivity to pain means that the painful stimulus is not even perceived: a patient cannot describe the intensity or type of pain. Indifference to pain means that the patient can perceive the stimulus, but lacks an appropriate response: they do not flinch or withdraw when exposed to pain.

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So, dear friends, MKDNH is not a super hero (super human) film; go and enjoy the film all set to hit the theatres on 21st March 2019 but keep in mind, what if you did not feel the pain? Thank you Vasan Bala for bringing this up.
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