Mumbai surgeon’s 2-minute video receives appreciation at Swachh Bharat Short Film Festival

Mumbai surgeon Dr Dilip Nadkarni’s two-minute satirical video for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan highlights how people in India take pride in spitting at public places, which in turn spreads infectious & viral diseases

Mumbai surgeon Dr Dilip Nadkarni’s two-minute satirical video depicting the callousness with which people in India take pride in spitting at public places has received appreciation from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The video was played at National Film Development Corporation’s Swachh Bharat Short Film Festival, which was held recently in Delhi.

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Dr Dilip Nadkarni displays the certificate of excellence received from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for his two-minute short film on anti-spitting for Swachh Bharat Short Film Festival

Nadkarni created the sarcastic song based on popular Shammi Kapoor song ‘Chahe koi mujhe junglee kahe’ to depict how people continue to dirty places and invite infectious diseases despite of them being shamed for their behaviour.

On Facebook, the video has garnered 73,000 views.

“I had sent my entry after I heard about the film festival on radio. It was selected and screened in Delhi on October 2, 2016. I received the certificate of excellence yesterday. It feels good when your efforts are recognised and appreciated,” said Nadkarni, Orthopaedic Surgeon at Lilavati Hospital.

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The doctor has made around nine music videos on social issues including, ‘Do not drink and drive’, ‘Stop Smoking’ among others.

“We need to stop spitting. Paan chewing is bad and spitting is worse. Paan kills you, but spitting kills everyone around you. My ‘Anti Spitting film: Jungalee’ was an attempt to spread awareness on the same.”

Dr Dilip Nadkarni

The video has been conceptualised, written and sung by Nadkarni and was first uploaded on YouTube in January, 2015. Click here to watch the video.

“Since most people are technology-savvy, sharing the video on YouTube and Facebook helps in reaching out to maximum people,” he said.

Nadkarni, who has made a video clip of the song, said as an orthopaedic surgeon he sees many cases of knee joint tuberculosis.

“Many infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, influenza and common cold are transmitted because of unhygienic habit like spitting, sneezing without covering mouth among others,” said Nadkarni.

He said there is a need for more awareness and punitive action to discourage spitting in public places.

“Strict action needs to be taken on people spitting in public places because they are endangering others’ life too. There is a need for more awareness and spittoons placed at strategic locations.”

Dr Dilip Nadkarni

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat campaign on October 2, 2014 ,at Rajghat in New Delhi with the aim to make India clean. To make the campaign successful, every citizen of the nation, adults and children, have been urged to participate equally to spread awareness on cleanliness and keep the nation clean.

  • Thanks Somita Pal and team My Medical Mantra team for helping me spread awareness against spitting in public places.