Innerscapes of an illness
In the last decade or so, Marathi cinema has produced a wealth of meaningful films, many of them focused on illness, health and medicine. While some are brutally real, others blend realism with enough dramatic content and glamour to reach a mainstream audience. Both have their uses. Smile, please ─ released in theatres in July 2019, and now streaming on Amazon Prime ─ belongs to the latter category, and has some similarities in plot with the Hollywood film, Still Alice. At the centre of the film is Nandini (Mukta Barve), a highly successful fashion photographer. A series of episodes of unexplained forgetfulness leads her to seek medical help and she ends up with a diagnosis of early onset dementia.
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