'I wanted to give a real snapshot of life in the NHS for doctors and why doctors from across the world still want to come and work here, and what drives a doctor from a developing country to look for opportunities elsewhere,' said Dr Nikhil Kaushik, a consultant eye surgeon and film maker based in North Wales.
Sometime back I was discussing with Nikhil his poetry, politics, the NHS and medical migration. Nikhil suggested that such issues would make a good storyline for a Bollywood-style film and that such a film should be made in-house by doctors. I was pleasantly surprised when Nikhil contacted me later and invited me to appear in a party scene in the film.
I did not want to miss such an opportunity to experience the glittering process and to see my face on the big screen. So with duties rearranged, my GP wife and I were both on the sets of Bhavishya - The Future, ready for our 15 minutes of fame.
And what an experience it turned out to be. There were lights, cameras, plenty of action and doctors all dressed up for the party scene, taking instructions from the director. The two main romantic leads were played by medical students from Manchester.
And then suddenly Saeed Jaffrey appeared amidst much fanfare, watching us act. There was take after take with lots of 'Quiet please, roll camera ... action ... cut!'
Then the camera turned on Mr Jaffrey and we were treated to an amazing professional performance bythe great star. Saeed Jaffrey is a unique actor, the best-known Indian actor in Britain and a much admired British actor in India. His smooth charm was used by Nikhil to a very good effect. I was to give a few reaction shots to his monologue and translate his wordsfor the benefit of the non-Hindi speaking 'guests'. Being on the sets that day was an education. The film was premiered last September, and the DVD is out now.
For many of us associated with this project it is an experience that we shall always cherish. It is a feature film about doctors, enacted by real doctors, the like of which has perhaps not been seen before.
It is quite unbelievable that Nikhil wrote, produced, directed and edited this project alongside his busy job as a consultant eye surgeon. For my part, I have enjoyed my tryst with the art of filmmaking. While not ready to give up being a GP yet, I now feel confident that I can deliver a line or two in front of the camera better next time, so anyone out there looking for a movie actor, just watch the film.
Dr Kailash Chand is a GP in Lancashire and appears in a party scene in Bhavishya - The Future
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